Aam-Panna or Green Mango Mojito is an Indian summer drink made from raw-mango.With the arrival of Mangoes in market ,this Green Mango Mojito became a regular affair at home.
Raw mangoes contain an acid which helps ease digestion . It also help in the fight against diabetes by reducing sugar levels in the body.Eating an unripe mango daily during the summer season prevents one from infections, cholera, dysentery etc.
While India produce largest amount of Mangoes in world , people here preserve the unripe one in Pickling ,drying, and fermenting process. The number of Indian Pickles are just untold and varies from place to place.
“Ambula” is a dried version of raw mangoes. Mangoes are soaked in salty water and then dried in sun for few days. Ambula is used in many Odiya traditional preparation .”Pakhala” or water-rice is such a preparation where addition of Ambula enhance the taste.
Summer days always bring back childhood memories. Summer holidays were well spent with my granny watching her making varieties of pickles .Big ceramic jars tied with clothes and soaking up the sun on roof-top..oh those Summer days !!
Most of the time I spend my summer days with books..music and summer-cooler like Green Mango Mojito.I have made a twist to Green Mango Mojito adding a dash of Rum ..yeah ! A Summer Cock-tail at the end.
And believe me ,once you try this Aam-Panna ,You gonna love to the core of your heart..mind .it’s simply awesome.That hint of black-salt add that extra zing to Green Mango Mojito aka Aam-Panna.
The scorching summer heat is already upon us , just make the best use of it !