Thursday, 16 June 2016

Monsoon Magic (Ramadan special drink)

Ramazan is the ninth month of the Islamic calender and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillers of Islam (source : Wikipedia)
So when I saw my fellow blogger friend Shaheen Ali from Spoonforkandfood Ramzan special post I fell in love with the rituals performed during this holy month.....fasting from dawn until sunset, performing prayers together, discipline, self control, charity and everything that makes you a better human being :)
And that inspired me to do a Ramazan special post ( heartfelt thanks to Muzammil Shaikh for answering all my queries patiently:) )
So these long fasting hours especially during Indian Summers dehydrates your body, and the need of having plenty of liquids, drinks and juices at the time of Sehri and Iftari becomes all the more important.
Here's my Monsoon Magic.....when the tanginess of mangoes blend with the sweetness of litchi, it certainly creates a magic :) A perfect thirst quencher and ideal during fasting days.

Special thanks to my friends Manot Kaur and Sumeet Verma for the beautiful images :)

Ingredients:
  • 3-4 Raw mangoes
  • 2-3 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 2 tsp black salt
  • Back pepper powder to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup Sugar or to taste
  • 15-20 crushed mint leaves
  • 2 cups water

Other ingredients:
  • 3 packs of litchi juice
  • 2-3 Tbsp soaked basil seeds
  • Few mint leaves
  • Lemon slices

Preparation time: 15-20 mins
Cook time: 20-25 minutes
Kitchen equipments required: Pressure cooker, sauce pan, mixing spoons
Yields: 5 servings.


Directions:
  • Wash mangoes and pressure cook till 2-3 whistles.
  • Remove the peel and take out the pulp
  • In a saucepan add water, mango pulp and cook along with sugar and spices for 5-6 minutes.
  • Add mint leaves and switch off the flame.
  • Let the mixture cool.( This is a basic Aam panna recipe, if you want to be more experimental with flavours do check my Aam panna and Kala khatta granita recipe here)

Assembling:
Add 2-3 tbsp of panna concentrate in a glass, next add a tbsp of soaked basil seeds and fill the glass with some litchi juice,stir well and add some ice cubes.
Garnish with mint leaves and a lemon slice.
Serve chilled.