<p>Summer Time is a lot about tropical dreams. The season of heat fills you with an eternal thirst of goodness. You want to dunk in a blue-green ocean of thirst quenchers. The images of green watermelons, succulent litchis and aphrodisiac mangoes hovers your imaginations and kindles your taste buds like the fresh rain on the parched earth.</p> <p> </p> <p>When the season strikes, you find yourself revelling in the flavour of seasonal fruits. More than the indulgence, it becomes the way of life. I remember the good old days when mother used to sieve the green mango goodness into a lip smacking “aam ka panna”, drizzled with roasted cumin powder, driving in your senses to your appetite. She would often serve it in an earth ware bowl to bring that resplendent sweet fragrance of earth as if the sunshine drinks from it.</p> <p> </p> <p>Aam Panna wasn’t just a beverage to sooth the dry summers. It was a great meal accompaniment too. The drink has this unique flavour of being sweet and salty at the same time. Like the popular aamras puri cuisine that originated from Gujarat, aam panna, the raw version of mango juice was used to be eaten with the freshly cooked white rice. It was a perfect dish for summer afternoons when you would not want to eat heavy meals, Mother will always handover a mountain of rice dunked in fresh aam panna, served in a deep round stainless steel plate. Ah! Bliss that was.</p> <p> </p> <p>It wasn’t just aam panna or aam ras but there were many beverages that are inspired from summer dreams. There is melon cooler, succulent litchi- coconut juice and more. Long before Colas and aerated drinks became synonymous with thirst quenchers, there used to be a magical fruit called- Bael. [Wood Apple or Elephant apple]</p> <p> </p> <p>Bael is a fruit of thorny trees but extremely soothing in nature. The “bael ka sherbet” was not just an economical and natural thirst quencher but was highly instrumental to keep the stomach cool in the summer heat. The fruit may be quite popular in Assam for its pickle usage but the interior parts of India always cherish it in form of a liquid diet or a sherbet.</p> <p> </p> <p>This summer, add this uncommon beverage to your food chart and reap in the benefits. I would love to hear from you.</p> <p> </p>
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