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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Aam Panna Mocktail (Raw Mango Mocktail)

Come summer and the Indian pantries are filled up with raw mangoes, ripe mangoes, Lemons, watermelons, and Rooh afza. We know exactly how to beat the scorching Indian summer heat, don't we? So when the kids get busy tanning themselves in the sun all day, the ladies are busy making rooh afza, lemonade and aam panna or as we call it in Marathi 'Kairicha Panha'.
Aam Panna is made from cooked raw green mangoes. It is known for it's cooling properties and it is a great thirst quencher. Rooh afza is another popular summer drink, sold in a sugary syrup blend of various cooling herbs.
So coming to this refreshing drink...let me tell you something about this mocktail. Last summer I had some surprise guests at home and I had absolutely nothing to serve them. Tea or coffee was out of question because it was hot outside. I had a little roohafza and the aam panna mixture left in the fridge. It would have been awkward to serve some of them roohafza and some of them aam panna. So I came to a quick decision to make a quick mocktail....and then took a deep breath and served them the same. And while I was crossing my fingers, each one of them took their first sip and their eyes lit up..they absolutely loved the drink. The ladies among them started asking how I made it, what is in it etc. They loved it...I felt like jumping on my couch with happiness. The mocktail had saved my day. That day onwards, this mocktail has become my superstar drink. I have been serving this at barbecue parties, kiddie playdates, tupperware parties and people just love it. The Mommies are happy 'cause they know the kids are drinking something healthy and the kids are happy 'cause they know they are drinking the same thing as their mommies.

Aam Panna Mocktail (Raw mango mocktail)
Aam Panna Mocktail (Raw mango mocktail)


To make Aam Panna Mixture:
Green raw mango - 1
Sugar - 1/2 - 3/4 cup
Cardamom(Elaichi) powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Saffron - 2 pinches
Salt- small pinch

1. Pressure cook the raw mango and then remove its peel when cool. Discard the peel and the seed. (Another option to pressure cooker is using the steamer)
2. Blend the soft mango pulp with cardamom powder, saffron, 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar (this depends upon the size of the mango - for a small mango take 1/2 cup and for a medium sized take 3/4 cup of sugar) and 3/4 cup of water.
Aam Panna mixture
Aam Panna mixture
This blended mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple of months.

And now comes my superstar drink...

Panna Roohafza Moktail - Recipe
To make one glass:

Aam Panna Mixture - 3 tablespoons
Roohafza - 2 tablespoons
Water - 1 and 1/2 cups
sugar - 2 teaspoons

1. Add 3 tablespoons of the aam panna mixture, 2 tablespoons of roohafza, 2 teaspoons of sugar to a glass and mix.
2. Add around 1 to 1 and 1/2  cups of water, depending upon the consistency you prefer. Strain the mocktail.
3. Chill and serve. Garnish with a lemon slice or a couple of mint leaves. Couple of ice cubes work magic.

Aam Panna Mocktail (Raw mango mocktail)
Aam Panna Mocktail (Raw mango mocktail)



Some variations:
1. Add a dash of honey to make it sweeter.
2. Add a pinch of cumin powder to give it a twist.
3. Add soda/sparkling water.

50 comments:

  1. ooh.. so chill..perfect for madras summer...

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  2. Yummy,droolworthy and incredible mocktail..

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  3. Yummy,droolworthy and incredible drink..

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  4. The drink looks so refreshing!
    And the idea of combing aam panna with Roohafza is awesome!
    Loved the pics too :)

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  5. Feeling refreshing while reading and looking at the tall glass filled with awesome drink:)

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  6. wow mocktail is looking so attractive.. irresistible.

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  7. Love the color in your mock tail!!Looks so so delicious :)

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  8. Wow, so refreshing!
    My house is being FILLED with mangoes, I can never get enough :)

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  9. Aam panna is something I love.And a mocktail during the season is something we all are looking for.Thanks for sharing.

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  10. color itself seems to be very refreshing....love the color :)

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  11. This is a first for me, raw mango in a mocktail. but anything mango is a winner for me, and i would love to try this out :)

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  13. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments

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  14. lovely colour and perfect for summer... it is very hot here too... will try for sure

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  15. Must be tangy!! Looks lovely..Nice color dear :)
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    1. Thanks Divya. yes it is tangy and sweet together

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  16. Lovely colourful and refreshing drink..

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  17. Refreshing n colorful mocktail

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  18. wow..yumm..yumm..love the recipe & the flavor of it..:)
    Tasty Appetite

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  19. Colorful & tempting drink. Perfect for summer.
    Its my first visit to your blog. Happy to follow you.. Will be a frequent visitor.. :)

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  20. lovely and so refreshing drink..loved the combo of rooh afza and panha.nice innovation:)

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  22. Panna with Rooh Afza is such a great idea. I am sure it tasted really cool

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