Thursday, June 18, 2009

Amba Panna with a twist


Before you dismiss this as yet another amba panna, this comes with a story. I was meeting my friend B after 10 years and Mom and I started talking about our days together in Delhi. She used to be my college mate who also happened to live close by to our house and used come over for my Mom's company and good food over the weekend. One day she had a near heat stroke and was sick for a few days. My Mom took care of her and used to make her drink this and glucose water and other water based drinks to keep her hydrated and nurse her back to health. When Mom mentioned this drink and this story before she came I thought of making it again. Most of the work on this was done by my Mom. I served it chilled and enjoyed it too!

And this bubbly drink goes over to Srivalli who is celebrating mangoes in a big way with a Mango Mela.

Ingredients

1 large unripe mangoes
4 table spoon of sugar (add more if you want it sweet)
1 tea spoon black salt or kala namak.
1 tea spoon cumin seeds, dry-roasted
1 tea spoon of black pepper, dry-roasted
Soda

How To

Cook mangoes in a pressure cooker until 1 whistle.
Allow the pressure cooker to cool.
Take the cooled mangoes out of water and peel the skins off and collect the pulp and juice in a bowl
Place this pulp, with salt and sugar, in a blender and puree.
Fill in bottles and put in refrigerator for few hours so that it is nicely chilled.
Dry roast the cumin seeds and black pepper for 2 minutes on a pan and then coarsely grind.
To serve, add 1/2 cup pulp and 1/2 cup soda, add the coarse ground cumin seeds and black pepper and serve immediately before the soda fizzles out.

The Twist in this drink was the soda. Once you add the soda, the taste changes completely. The original version done at home or in Delhi didnt have any soda of course. In fact my Mom didn't like it with the soda at all, while my friend and her husband loved it.

So add soda only if you like the taste of soda... By the time I took the photos, I had run out of soda, so the pictures don't show the soda, else it looks cool too... Enjoy the amba panna and the summer....




32 comments:

  1. Oh wow....looks droooooooooool worthy....awesome presentation......

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  2. Wow - really quick response dear! Thanks. I thought it was so easy and wasn't worth the post.

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  3. Adding soda is a nice idea. Looks very refreshing.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog and in turn I found yours. You have an interesting blog here.

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  4. Adding a soda to this must have given the spunk needed with mangoes...yummmyyyy

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  5. Never tasted this drink..i liked ur soda version,adding soda will change the flavor and texture..like the background of the picture,yum

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  6. WOW!!! that is a good twist with soda... looks great ...

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  7. I love this...With soda,sounds more interesting..

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  8. wow! the recipe is really good Somoo.thnx for sharing dear

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  9. sounds yumm.. i love aam panna..love the spices and other interesting ingredients you have added..

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  10. i love this...and this is the best refreshing drink one can have.

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  11. Oh wow my fav drink...nothing like this one...perfect for the heat.Thanks for sharing...am gona try this!

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  12. Perfect cooler for hot summers! I love to have without soda too!

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  13. nice drink .. very refreshing

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  14. very refreshing drink ..adding soda is very interesting

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  15. I love it too! Glad you all like it...

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  16. new kind of recipe (adding cooked mangoes) nice drink to quench the thirst, but I'd prefer without the soda too :) hope your friend enjoyed it!

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  17. New drink really looking refreshing ..

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  18. looks so yum n mouthwatering drink

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  19. I love the idea of adding soda..thanks for sharing!

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  20. B must have fond memories of this panna-lovely!! As for you-enjoy you mom's pampering ;)

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  21. Wow ..new and interesting drink. Looks refreshing:0

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  22. Great looks drink,i also pressure cook raw mangoes :)

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  23. Very refreshing drink. It is very commom in Orissa during the summer season.
    Friends thanks for your lovely comments

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  24. The Amba panna looks refreshing and adding soda is definitely a twist to the usual amba-panna and makes it look and sound exotic.You have a wonderful blog and there aren't many blogs in blogosphere which feature Oriya cooking. Iam going to follow your blog closely especially for the vegetarian Oriya cuisine which Iam very keen to learn.

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  25. Sukanya - thanks for dropping by! Will think of some vegie dish for you dear!

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  26. Loved the twist of adding soda to the Amba panna.

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  27. Red Chillies - thanks for dropping by...

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  28. oh wow aam panna with soda OMG must be taste great will try this just now. Great idea.

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  29. I am so glad you liked the idea... I loved it - let me know what you think ?

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