Aam panna or green mango sherbat is a summer must-have drink in India. A super healthy sherbat with serious benefits like protection against sun/heat stroke, this tangy sweet summer cooler will soothe your parched throats like nothing else can. Make once, store for a week and drink whenever you feel hot!
Sometimes, if we are lucky we find ourselves a personal oasis, in the midst of this chaotic, scorching, amazingly bewildering thing called life. Often its having someone you call a friend, a friend who doesn’t judge you, someone who’s simply there for you, someone you can tell the weirdest darkest things to,no matter how twisted.Often that person is your spouse, mostly a girl friend..sometimes a sibling. Fact is no matter how much we pretend to be strong we all need an anchor, a safegate to crawl into when things get tough. A few days back I had a bad experience..something that irked me no end..humor me while I rant. You can of course, just scroll to the bottom of the page for the recipe.
Most people think extroverts have it real easy. Someone who knows me socially mentioned how her daughter was having trouble adjusting in her new school coz she was an introvert and didn’t really make friends easy. She then spotted BabyD who is her classmate and said “Adwita has it so easy..she makes friends so quickly”!! Now this came as a surprise to me and P, given that P forever keeps telling her to be more like “mama” and not like him. The fact is I am an extrovert. I make friends easily, or so people think. Fact: I can strike up a conversation with anyone, I have rarely been shy around people and I (almost) always smile.
Hidden fact: I take just as much time opening up to others as an introvert does, that while I can converse with anyone, I don’t open up to just about anyone. There are just a handful of people in the world who know me,and know about how shy I truly am about opening up to others. Sometimes introverts think that the world is forever easy for extroverts, that we go about life bringing sunshine to others and just making friends, and life is so easy for us. But you know what? Most extroverts deal with idiots who think you are game just coz you are friendly (mostly in school), then you come to work and your boss might think you are going to be easy (which is why you are always on your guard) and your colleagues think that every major deal you crack is coz of your nature more than your intellect or talent, and that my dear readers is just plain insulting. As much as I love who I am, truth is I have my dark days..fact is you can probably sit beside me for an hour , see me smiling and talking the entire time but ultimately leave not knowing me at all, coz face it…we extroverts are not idiots. And no we don’t tell everything to the world. I especially hate parents comparing kids or pushing them to be more outgoing. That’s my pet peeve. Needless to say, every time P suggests “be more like ma” to babyD, he faces my cold and disappointed eyes and he knows he made a mistake. And when parents compare their kids to other kids they are doing the worst thing they can do children.
I proceeded to calm the mom down and to tell her that D actually takes a whole lot of time to make friends and that its ok. Its more important for kids to be themselves. For that matter, its equally important for grown ups to be themselves. I have often seen women at work (and social media) force a personality that’s clearly not their own. I often feel like reaching out to them, giving them a hug and telling them its ok..you don’t have to try so hard. Just be who you are. Be an introvert if you are one. Nothing is more fake than forced joie de vivre. The laughter rings hollow and the smile doesn’t reach the eyes. There is nothing wrong in being shy or guarded. Just Be You.
I would rather babyD be an introvert, thoughtful and happy kid than grow up into someone who feels forced to smile and laugh or make friends with just about everyone,coz the society expects that. I feel like telling that to the whole world. I feel like giving a hug to all the wonderful gentle souls who prefer to be in their own world and do amazing things than smile their way through life. I feel like turning into an introvert at times. I am going to be addressing a school about this topic next week..and let’s just say, even us extroverts feel the mystical butterflies in the stomach, even after a life of being on the stage…and that its all ok, as long as you are you.
Ok.. I am done with my rambling. You can wake up now 😛
Coming to this aam panna, well you have to try it!! Its a family tradition to store bottles of this sherbat during summers and have a glass daily morning before leaving for work. My mom in law always has this in her fridge during summers and it was actually from her that I learnt about this gorgeous drink.
Come summer, Indian markets are inundated with mangoes of all colors and varieties. Along with the rising mercury, the mangoes start ripening and are soon ready to be made into all kinds of dessert, jams and shakes. But before that, the gorgeous green mangoes are here. Raw mangoes are one of my favorite things.. Add some to a coconut based curry and you have a beautiful gravy,like this coconut and shrimp curry add some papayas and you have a light and refreshing Som Tom salad..add a shot of vodka and you can a luxe cocktail, cook some into a pickle. But more than these, I love the simple cooling drink that we make at home. Almost every Indian knows how to make this aam panna or raw mango sherbat and uses their own spice. It might differ slightly from home to home, but the one I am using is mostly the basic one everyone uses.
Raw mango sherbat or aam panna is extremely good for health too. It instantly cools the body and helps stave off the dreaded sun/ heat stroke. And that is simply priceless in the current weather we are witnessing.
Simple green mango pulp mixed with sugar, cumin seed powder and chaat masala or rock salt, mixed well and pored into a glass topped with cold water or Sprite for a lighter, more mock-tail version. Check out my raw mango cocktail for the perfect in season drink to serve at your next summer soiree.
- Raw/ green mango - 3
- Sugar- 2 tbsp per glass
- Chaat masala or rock salt - ¼ tsp
- Roasted cumin powder- ½ tsp
- Water - as needed
- Sprite - Optional.
- Mint leaves - a handful
- Ginger chopped fine - ½ tbsp
- Lemon wedges.
- Start by pressure cooking the mangoes in some water for 2-3 whistles.
- Remove the skin and make a pulp of it using your hands. Don't discard the water. Simply squeeze the pulp off the mangoes into the water in which it was cooked.
- Keep in a closed bottle in fridge till needed.
- To serve:
- Add ¼ glass of mango pulp into a glass, add 2 tbsp sugar, chaat masala and cumin powder as mentioned above, add a little ginger and mint as per taste. Mix till the sugar is dissolved completely. At this point, taste and adjust sweetness as needed.
- Top the rest of the glass with chilled water or Sprite/7UP for a more brunch vibe.
- Garnish with lemon wedges and fresh ginger. Serve cold!
So use the measurements given here as a starting point, even I use different measurement for every lot i make.
Some people dislike the raw mango pulp in their drink, you can strain the pulp after mixing it if you wish.
Although water is simple and healthy, at times simple club soda or spriye can turn this into a fun brunch mocktail..