When you talk about summer and seasonal fruits, mangoes feature on the top of the list. The best part about mangoes is that they can be had ripe as well as raw. One of the most delicious recipes you can make with raw mangoes is the aam panna. Essentially made with raw mangoes, sugar, saffron, and grounded spices, aam panna is not just delicious and cooling, it also has plenty of health benefits. Did you know raw mangoes can help keep your body cool? This is why it is recommended that you eat them to keep heatstroke away. Raw mango is full of fibre and minerals that keep your gut functioning well. Raw mango can help relieve digestion problems like bloating and constipation. Thanks to loads of Vitamin C in it, raw mango is excellent for improving your immunity, fighting ailments like cough and cold and keeping your skin healthy and supple. Raw mango also has potassium and antioxidants in it which helps prevent heart problems. Saffron, one of the costliest spices in the world, has some potent properties too. Saffron or kesar can help build your immunity, improve your eyesight, help your brain function well and promote good heart health by lowering bad cholesterol. You can add spices like powered cardamom in the drink too for enhancing the taste as well as the nutrition value. Cardamom can alleviate bad breath, acidity, anemia and indigestion. It is also known to have aphrodisiac properties.

Mango Panna Recipe

Ingredients:

2 Raw mangoes

1/2 Cup sugar

1/4 tsp Saffron strands

1/2 tsp Cardamom powder

Preparation:

– Wash the mangoes and cut into chunks.

– Mix mango chunks and sugar.

– Boil till the mangoes turn soft.

– Blend it well.

– Add cardamom powder and saffron.

– Boil it.

– Keep it for cooling.

– Serve chilled.

By Maharaj Jodharam Choudhary, Corporate Chef, Khandani Rajdhani

You could also add crushed mint or pudina leaves to this drink. If you want to skip the sugar, try putting powdered jaggery. Just make sure to dissolve it completely before serving.