With the temperatures soaring in India even before the month of May, people are looking for new ways to stay cool and beat the heat. Luckily one of nature’s gifts during the onset of summer are green mangoes. The mangoes are not yet ripened however that doesn’t stop us from enjoying their deliciousness. They can be prepped in a number of ways, sometimes enjoyed as simply as slicing and adding a dash of salt and chili powder and other times a green mango cooler to beat the summer heat. Commonly known as “aam panna” in India ,this refreshing summer drink can be made either by boiling raw mangoes or fire roasting them.The roasting adds a smoky deliciousness which is unbeatable in terms of taste hence is highly recommended, however you could boil as well to extract the pulp. This drink has a bit of a kick to it with spices added to elevate the flavor , however besides the flavor the spices also help you cool your body down. I added a dash of white rum, however it can be enjoyed as such on a hot summer day.
- 3 Green Mangoes
- 1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
- 8-10 coriander seeds
- 6-10 fennel seeds
- A pinch of red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon organic sugar
- 1 teaspoon rock salt/sea salt
- 1.5 oz White Rum
- Take two mangoes and wrap them in an aluminum foil. Roast over direct medium flame for about 20-25 minutes. The skin will get charred however the mango would be cooked inside. Remove the pulp from the skin and the seed in the center, discard the seed and the skin. Set the pulp aside in a bowl
- In a pan roast the cumin, fennel, red pepper and coriander till the spices start emitting an aroma. Using a mortar and pestle grind the spice mix and set aside.
- In a food processor add the pulp, salt, sugar and spice mix. Add a cup of water and blitz. Now add the rum and give it one more blitz so that the mixture is smooth. As mentioned earlier the rum is optional.
- Garnish with green mango slices coated with salt and chili as shown and serve.