Hello, Namaste and welcome to all the followers of Dr. Mantena Satyanarayana Raju’s Natural way of Living and all the aspirants of good health to this very special edition of Dr. Mantena’s Kitchen. I haven’t updated my blog for quite sometime now due to busy work schedule. Never mind, I came up with a very delicious recipe to beat the rising heat of the Indian summer. The special recipe in today’s Mantena’s Kitchen is Raw Mango Juice. It is called Aam Panna in Hindi which is quite a popular summer drink in northern parts of India. Raw Mango juice is considered as an effective remedy for heat exhaustion and sunstroke.
It is a very simple drink that any one can prepare at home within 10-15 minutes.
1. Raw Mango – 1 Medium or Big Size
2. Honey – 1 Cup
3. Chopped Mint Leaves
4. Chopped Coriander leaves
5. Roasted Cumin seeds – ½ tbs.
It is actually prepared in 2 different methods and each has its own taste and flavor. The entire process of preparation in both the methods is almost the same except the first step where mango is treated differently and the rest is the same. You can try any of these methods as per your convenience and interest.
Step 1: The main ingredient here is the raw mango. Rinse the raw mango and boil it in water for 10 minutes or pressure cook it for 2 whistles. Leave it to cool for some time and peel off the skin of a mango and mash the pulp in a processor or by your hands, strain and set aside.
Step 1: Broil or Roast the mango over the gas burner or you can use the oven as well. But I haven’t tried it on an oven and therefore do it on your own risk. Roast it on all sides until the skin of the mango turns black. Then cool it to a room temperature, peel off the skin, scoop the pulp and place it in a processor or mash up with your hands, strain and keep it aside. Earlier days in India and even today in villages of north India, women used to roast the mango on the charcoal. That is believed to make the best raw mango juice as it gives the lovely smoky flavor to it.
Step 2: Add a cup of honey, ½ tbs of roasted cumin seeds and 2 big glasses of water and blend it well. Dr. Raju don’t usually recommend cumin seeds as it falls under the category of masala but occasionally it can be an exception as it has cooling effects to the body.
Step 3: Finally garnish the drink with chopped coriander and mint leaves and serve. People usually use ice cubes and refrigerated cold water to drink but I prefer the cold water from a mud pot which is harmless and healthy.
The king of the fruits, the Mango is in its youth and is flooding the market. So grab the one as and when you see a raw mango and make this deliciously nutritious, pulpy and super cool drink to beat the heat of the rising Indian summer. I hope you enjoyed this update, keep watching the space for more updates.