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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Aam Pora Shorbot

(A Drink made of Roasted Raw Mango pulp)

Aam pora shorbot/sherbet is a perfect antidote to the scorching heat of the peak summer months of April, May in India. Returning from school to a chilled glass of home made Aam pora shorbot during the deadly hot summer months are fond childhood memories. At the onset of summer, Ma would make a huge quantity of the concentrate, add preservative (Sodium Benzoate) for storing, and use as and when required. She would dilute the spiced and sweetened concentrate with chilled water for instant use. It would last the whole tenure of summer.
These days, a variation of Aam pora shorbot...Aam panna, is a much in demand summer drink, available in packaged avatar too. That these healthy, soothing and tasty drinks are being chosen over the aerated variety to quench thirst is indeed a cause for celebration! These drinks have a high nutrient value, a saviour against heat strokes and dehydrations too.
Unlike Ma, I dont make the concentrate in bulk....I use 8-10 mangoes at a time so that the concentrate lasts me a week or so.
Note : Aam Panna and Aam Pora shorbot preparation is the same. The only difference is the starting material.
While in Aam Pora Shorbot, the green mangoes are roasted over fire, in Aam Panna, the green mangoes are boiled. I prefer the smoky taste of the roasted mangoes and hence, though more time-consuming, I make the Aam Pora variety more often.
So here goes the recipe :
Ingredients :
What I used...
Sugar : 250gm
Rock Salt : 1tsp
Red Chilli flakes :1tsp
Roasted and ground Cumin powder : 2 tsp


Procedure :
1. Roast the mangoes in their jackets over a flame.
2. Cool the mangoes and then remove the skin.
3. Scoop out the pulp and mash it after removing the seed
3. Pass the pulp through a sieve, so that the fibres, if any, are removed.
4. Add powdered sugar, chilli, flakes, rock salt and mix over medium flame for a minute or two.
5. Sprinkle roasted and ground cumin powder.
6.Take it off the flame. Cool and store the concentrate in glass bottles.

To make a drink, add 1/4 glass of the concentrate. Add ice cubes and chilled water.

10 comments:

Creativecook said...

This is lovely, I have had Panna but never tried this smoked version. On my list now.

SGD said...

@CC-Glad you liked it!

Koel said...

One of my favorite summer drinks - the other 2 being nimbu-pani and buttermilk. But these days, I have found solace in readymade aam-panna from Haldiram, and though it is pretty good, it is nothing like the real one...I am really amazed at your attention to detail and the pics at every stage.....I'm sure with pics as lovely as these, it must be tasting heavenly...getting inspired heavily....let me see if I can imitate you in near future ;-)

SGD said...

@Koel - Thanks a ton...and your kind words do wonders to up my morale & enthu!!
The detailed pics are driving my family members quite quite crazy...because after I made the drink, I made my husband wait almost 10 mins(if not more) adding the aesthetics while I clicked!! ;)))
So when he was finally allowed to drink it, it was rather cool and not chilled!!!! ;)))))
And yes, the readymade aam panna (though havent tasted Halidiram's) has a rather synthetic flavour to it...which kind of is a downer!!

Sharmila said...

Aam pora konodin korini .. ami panna version ta kori. Good one SGD. :-)

SGD said...

@Sharmila-Thanks!

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Melissa Peterman said...

I never thought of roasting mangoes as a flavoring technique- thanks for sharing your recipe!

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