Drinks and Juices

Aam Panna

Aam panna or Aam Jhora is an Indian drink renowned for its cooling properties. It is made from unripe mangoes and is yellow to light green in color, and is consumed to fight against the intense Indian summer heat. Mint leaves are often added to the drink, enhancing its green color. Raw mango is a rich source of pectin, which gradually diminishes after the formation of the stone. Unripe mango is sour in taste because of the presence of oxalic, citric and malic acids. Aam panna or Aam Jhora, which is prepared using raw mangoes, cumin, and an assortment of other spices, quenches thirst and prevents the excessive loss of sodium chloride and iron during summer due to excessive sweating. The drink is considered beneficial in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. It is also a good source of vitamin B1 and B2, niacin, and vitamin C. In Indian culture, it is regarded as a tonic believed to increase resistance against tuberculosis, anemia, cholera and dysentery.

Recipe: Aam Panna

Ingredients 2 green Mangoes

Sugar or Jaggery equal proportion to mango pulp

1 tsp cardamom powder

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp. Pepper powder

1 tsp. Salt

Mix well and store the concentrate in the refrigerator in a glass bottle. Method Wash the mangoes. Boil (with the peel). When cooked, and cool enough to handle, peel and deseed the mangoes and extract the pulp. Measure the pulp and add equal quantity of sugar or jaggery. Place in a blender and add the cardamom, cumin, pepper and salt. Blend till smooth. Transfer to a glass jar or bottle. To prepare Aam Panna Take 2 tbsp. Aam panna concentrate and add to a glass or goblet and top with chilled water. Stir to mix well, garnish with mint leaves and enjoy chilled.

Summer Coolers

Drinks & Juices to keep the body cool in summers – Summer Coolants

  1. Sol Kadi with Coconut Milk – Kokum Curry with coconut milk (Click on link for recipe)

Enjoy warm or at room temperature.

2. Sol Kadi without Coconut Milk

Kokum Curry with Rice (Raw Banana bhaji & Roasted dry bombil salad)


Soak 10 Kokum (Mangosteen) petals in 1/2 cup water for at least 1/2 hour.

For Tempering: Heat 1 tbsp. oil, when hot add 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds, 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds, few curry leaves, 2 green chillies, 1/2 inch ginger chopped (optional), 5 flakes garlic crushed. Saute for a minute.

Then add the Kokum with the water and add 3 to 4 cups more water. Add 1 tsp. salt, stir and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer 10 minutes. Use as a curry over steamed rice or as a drink. Acts as a good digestive, coolant, palate cleanser, etc.

3. Chaas, TAAK or Butter Milk


Take one cup yogurt, add 4 cups water, 1″ pc. ginger, 2 green chillies or to taste, few mint leaves (optional).

Blend in the mixer. Strain with a tea strainer, garnish with pinch of roasted cumin powder and mint leaves.

Enjoy Chilled!

4. Sweet or Khara Lassi


For one tall glass of lassi, take 2 cups yogurt, add 1/2 cup (or more if desired) water, salt or sugar as required and

whisk or churn till smooth. Do not blend as then it would loose its thickness and become watery. Top with a dollop

of thick fresh cream and enjoy chilled!

5. Nimbu Pani (Lemon Juice)


For one glass nimbu pani, take one glass water and squeeze half a lemon juice, add sugar or salt as desired. I like

mine with a pinch of black salt and pepper powder. Stir till salt or sugar dissolves and enjoy chilled or at room


6. Watermelon juice (Tarbooj ka Ras)


Blend 2 cups watermelon cubes with a pinch of salt and pepper if desired. Strain and pour into a glass and enjoy chilled.

7. TENDER Coconut Water (NaRial Pani)

Our very own Narial Pani and this needs no recipe, enjoy fresh direct from a tender coconut!!

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