Mango Panha - A cooling mango drink for summers

While it has been considered the king of fruits, the Mango is also considered heat generating. That is why you are advised not to binge on them in the summer. I love mangoes and have a severe allergic reaction to them if I have more than one a day. So the next best alternative is Mango Panha or Aam Panha as it is known locally.

The funny thing is, once you cook the mango and turn it into this mango pulp juice, it is considered a cooling drink. So here's the recipe for Aam Panha.


Aam Panha
Ingredients
Preparation

1 kg Raw Mangoes 
(Hari Aam ki Kairi)

1/4 cup Jaggery (Gud) 
Can also use sugar.

Salt to taste

1/2 litre water

1.    Wash the mangoes and soak them in water for a hour so that any dirt gets dissolved.
2.    Now place the Mangoes with half a litre of water in the pressure cooker.
3.    Cook for 3 whistles. Cool and open cooker. take out the skin and the seed and leave the pulp and water in the cooker.
4. In a blender mix the mango pulp, with salt, jaggery or sugar and water. Blend well and store in the fridge
5. Add ice, water and sugar as required to dilute the drink when serving the mango juice.


If you are looking at some more Mango Recipes check out this cook book.




Microwave Cooking Demo Recipes

I recently gave a microwave cooking demo at the ladies club and here are the recipes that I used.

Jam Tarts
Ingredients
Preparation
100 gm butter
1 cup Maida
4 spoons mixed fruit jam
Cold water
1.    Mix the butter into the maida till it becomes like biscuit crumbs. Add little cold water and make into firm dough. Keep in fridge for 10 min.
2.    Roll out dough into ¼ inch thickness and cut out into circles. Place in baking dish and bake for 2 min in microwave on high or 100.
3.    Take out half cooked tarts, and add jam into them. Add thin strips of dough on top to make the cross. Return to bake for another minute till done.

Cake
Ingredients
Preparation
100 gm butter
1 ½ cup Maida
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 tspn Baking Powder
1 tspn Vanilla essence
1.    In a bowl beat sugar, butter and eggs together. Add the vanilla essence.
2.    Sieve maida and baking powder together. Now add to above mixture and fold well.
3.    Pour the mixture into baking dish and place in microwave for 4 minutes on high or 100. Let it stand for ten minutes after baking is done inside the microwave.

Cheese Soufflé
Ingredients
Preparation
1 cup milk
2 spoons butter
1 spoon maida
2-3 eggs
1 cup grated cheese
Salt, pepper &mustard powder to taste
1.    Melt butter in dish in microwave. Add maida and milk. Now cook again for one minute.
2.    Add the grated cheese and let it melt. Add salt, pepper, and mustard powder and cook till sauce thickens for a minute or so.
3.    Now add eggs and beat them. Let the mixture rise as it bakes for two minutes.

Vegetarian Sheppard’s Pie
Ingredients
Preparation
For base
300 gm Paneer
1 cup boiled black Masoor (sabut)
1 spoon Ginger garlic paste
1 spoon soy sauce
¼ cup chopped carrots, capsicum
Salt, pepper, red chilpowder to taste
1.    Crumble paneer, and add masoor to it. Add all other seasoning and vegetables and mash up together.
2.    Now line the baking dish with this base for the Pie and prepare the potato topping.

For Topping
4 boiled potatoes
½ cup milk
1 spoon lemon juice
2 spoons cream or butter
1 spoon finely chopped coriander
Salt and pepper to taste
3.    Mash the potatoes and add all the other ingredients and check for salt and pepper.
4.    Now top the base with this mixture and sprinkle some butter on top before you put it in the microwave to bake for 4 minutes.

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