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Panha

Beverage made from raw mangoes

An Indian alternative to lemonade. During the summer months when mangoes are widely available in India, this is a very tangy sweet refreshing drink. 

Panha is made especially for the Maharashtrian New Year's Day called Gudi Padwa, which is celebrated in March/April, on the first day of the Hindu month of Chaitra. 

This day marks the beginning of spring or "Vasant" when all the summer foods like melons, jack-fruit, mangoes, sprouted gram make an appearance in the local markets.  

Gudi Padva is considered one of the auspicious days in the year when people start new ventures. Try this recipe. Raw mangoes are available in here in the US many grocery stores and local markets.

1 cup raw mango, 1/2 cup water
1 1/4th cup sugar or jaggery
1/4 tsp saffron strands
1/2 tsp cardamom powder

Lemon juice as necessary 

Sprinkle of nutmeg powder is optional. Add a little bit of yellow and red coloring for a nice bright color. 

Peel the mangoes, throw away the green skin. Chop mango into one inch chunks to make 1 cup of raw mango chunks In a pot, place the mango, sugar and 1/2 cup of water. Boil till the mango is soft. Cool.

Blend in a blender till smooth. Sieve this mixture. Add the cardamom, saffron and bring to boil, stirring continuously.  

Take it off the heat. Cool. Check if the mixture is sour enough for you. If not add a little lemon juice according to your taste. This is a concentrated form of the drink to make the drink follow the directions below. The pulp may be stored in the freezer for over a month.

To make a glass of refreshing "Panha" Take a tablespoon or two of the mixture. Add it to a to a glass of chilled water and mix well. Add ice if you like. Sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg powder. Stir.  Enjoy !

Note : In the US it is very hard to find raw mangoes. Make the same with plain apple sauce. Also traditionally jaggery is used to sweeten the panha. It does look light brownish when you add jaggery. 



 
 

 

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