Kairi Panha - a green mango drink recipe

Whenever I visit my family in Bombay in summers, I know that I’ll find tubs of homemade ice cream and bottles of homemade raw mango drink aka Panha in my aunt’s fridge.

Kairi Panha - a green mango drink recipe
Kairi Panha / All natural raw mango drink

So, when I popped over yesterday over tea time, we had a good cup of tea prepared by my uncle. Then I stayed over and got some work done over family gossip. It was nearly evening and I asked my aunt if she was going to give me a glass of panha. She said, “I haven't made it yet this season, but I do have one raw mango in the fridge, so we can make it now.” I did think she was joking, because from whatever little I knew, I thought it would take more time than that. I was wrong, because in 20 minutes flat, I was drinking a beer mug full of chilled kairi panha, which is the armour you need to fight these really hot days in Bombay in summer.

This is a super quick pressure cooker version. But you can also char the raw mango on an open flame, then peel off the skin and puree the flesh similarly to get a more intense smokey flavour. I intend to try that the next time.

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Whenever I visit my family in Bombay in summers, I know that I’ll find tubs of homemade ice cream and bottles of homemade raw mango drink aka Panha in my aunt’s fridge. So, when I popped over yesterday over tea time, we had a good cup of tea prepared by my uncle. Then I stayed over and got some work...

Kairi Panha

Summary

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  • Coursedrink
  • Cuisineindian
  • Yield1.5 cups s 1.5 cups
  • Cooking Time10 minutesPT0H10M
  • Preparation Time5 minutesPT0H5M
  • Total Time15 minutesPT0H15M

Ingredients

Large raw mango, roughly
1 350 grams
1/2 cup sugar
3 green cardamoms
Pinch of black salt
Pinch of roasted cumin powder
Fresh mint leaves or sprinkle of dried mint for garnish

Steps

  1. Kairi Panha - a green mango drink recipe
    Peel and roughly chop the raw mango, discarding the seed and the white skin around the seed.
  2. Kairi Panha - a green mango drink recipe
    In a pressure cooker, place the chopped raw mango with the sugar and 1 cup water. Remove the seeds from the green cardamom and add it to the cooker. Pressure cook for 3 whistles and 5 minutes on sim.
  3. Kairi Panha - a green mango drink recipe
    Once the cooker is cool enough to open, remove this mix into a blender.
  4. Kairi Panha - a green mango drink recipe
    Once the mixture has cooled a bit, blend until you get a fine puree.
  5. This is your Kairi Panha concentrate.
  6. Kairi Panha - a green mango drink recipe
    To prepare the drink, in a medium sized glass, place 3 ice cubes, fill the glass with 1 part of the raw mango puree and 2 parts water. Add roasted cumin powder, black salt and mix well. Garnish with fresh mint leaves or dried mint powder. Drink immediately.
  7. You can even use the whole lot to prepare a jug full of kairi panha.
  8. You can use powdered jaggery instead of sugar for a more rustic flavour.
  9. This drink also makes a superb base to prepare vodka, white rum or gin based cocktails in summer.

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