The summer weather is rolling in, and we are going to help make your next backyard get-together a hit with a series of cool summer drinks!
The first drink in this series is a popular Indian summer drink, made with mangos, cumin and black salt. Quidee’s eyes glaze over and her face brightens when she talks about being a kid and coming home from school on a hot day to a cold glass of “Aam Panna”.
I was just finishing up the daily neighbourhood gran fondo, kids in tow and made a pit stop in Quidee’s driveway. She had this perfect drink ready for me. Anyone watching probably thought we were starting cocktail hour a wee bit early.
Traditionally this drink is given to alleviate dehydration and heat exhaustion, and is also good for digestion. I think it is probably what sports drinks want to be when they grow-up. The black salt and cumin sort of trick your senses. When you first smell this drink you expect a savoury sort of flavour like maybe a virgin cesar, but then you taste it and it is sweet and refreshing and sort of citrusy.
Keep a bottle of this concentrate in your fridge this summer, and you will be ready the next time thirsty guests arrive.
Mango Cumin Panna Concentrate
This recipe makes enough concentrate for 6 to 8 Servings. Concentrate can be kept in the fridge for up to one week.
|3||Raw Green Mangos (Organic, if possible)|
|1 tbsp.||Cumin Powder|
|½ tsp.||Black Salt Powder|
|¾ to 1 cup||Sugar|
- Place the whole mangos in a large pot, cover with water and bring to a boil.
- Once the water comes to boil, lower the heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove the mangos from the pot and cool.
- Once the mangos are cool enough to handle, peel and remove the pit.
- Add the pulp to the blender with 2 cups of water. Blend until smooth.
- Pour the mango puree into a saucepan, with the sugar. Begin with ¾ cups of sugar, taste and add more if necessary, based on the sweetness of the mangos. Simmer the mixture on medium heat until the sugar has completely dissolved.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the cumin powder and salt.
- Allow to cool completely before serving or transfering.
- To serve, add about 1 once of the concentrate to a glass, dilute to desired flavor with ice and water. Garnish with mint leaves and lemon slices if desired.