Last of Summer: Mango Panhaa
Mango Panhaa is a green mango cooler made by steaming raw green mangoes with cardamom and saffron. It is usually made in bulk and stored as a concentrate in the fridge throughout summer.
Growing up, freshly squeezed juice was a rare treat so mango panhaa, lemonade and rooh-afzaa were our go to thirst quenchers. Packaged juice was not common in our household. Mom always made this every Sunday and we used to drink this whenever we came back home after playing with friends. Whenever we had guests come over unexpectedly in summer, they were offered this to quench their thirst. It is refreshing and cooling.
Very similar to the Bengali Aam pora shorbot, this is made by steaming the mangoes rather than roasting them. It is very fragrant due to liberal use of cardamoms and saffron. You can add sugar to the concentrate or adjust it while serving. Paprika and cumin powder can also be added to enhance the taste though I love the basic cardamom mango goodness.
Mango Panhaa Recipe
- 3-4 firm raw mangoes
- 3-4 cups water (to boil mangoes)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 12 – 15 cardamom pods shelled and seeds crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon rock salt
1. Boil the mangoes in water for 15 -20 minutes till soft. Alternately pressure cook them for 2 whistles. Let cool.
2. Peel the mangoes and remove the pulp. Mash the pulp so there are lumps.
3. Add sugar, water and salt and stir over low heat till well mixed for about 5 – 10 minutes.
4. Remove from heat, and then add cardamom powder and rock salt. Taste and adjust seasonings. Let cool.
Bottle in an airtight container and refrigerate
1. Mix 1 part panhaa concentrate with 3 parts water. Stir well. Adjust salt and sugar per taste.