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Aam Panna Popsicle

green mango popsicles with aleppo peppers and mint

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Every late spring and early summer, Indians get into a feverish mode. No! It’s not for any sport, although if there is a game of cricket going on; Indians do get feverish about that. This spring and summer excitement is for the National fruit of India – the mango. And it’s many forms, including the Aam Panna.

green mango popsicles with aleppo peppers and mint
Aam Panna popsicles with mint and Aleppo peppers

What exactly is Aam Panna?

To put it simply, aam panna is a refreshing green mango drink. It has a smoky, tangy, refreshing flavor and is also good for cooling the body. Roasting the green mangoes on fire brings out a smoky flavor. Most people usually boil the green mangoes for making aam panna because the process is faster.

Roasted cumin is the main flavor carrying ingredient for aam panna because cumin is known to be a stomachic. In the hot summer months, when people don’t feel like eating much, spices like cumin are used to promote the appetite and help with digestion.

Green mango popsicles sprinkled with Aleppo pepper on a rectangular plate
Adding Aleppo peppers or even a dash of Tajin makes it just like a Mexican Paleta.

The aam panna has a shelf life of about a week in the fridge. In order to increase the shelf life, I decided to use my popsicles molds, tweak the recipe a bit and make aam panna popsicles.

Sometimes, my ideas work. So here we are with the Aam Panna Popsicles recipe for this month’s Progressive eats party.

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Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. This month’s theme is Spring Has Sprung- Dishes that highlight ingredients and flavors associated with spring, and our host is Laura who blogs at Mother Would Know If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats it’s a virtual party. A theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out. Come along and see all of the delicious spring inspired dishes!

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Aam Panna Popsicle

Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Aam Panna
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 Popsicles

Ingredients

  • 1 pound green mangoes (about two large)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black salt
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 1/2 c mint
  • 1/2 c lemon juice (you may need less if the mangoes are very tart)
  • 2 1/2 c water
  • Aleppo peppers optional

Instructions

  1. Start by roasting the mangoes over a grill or open flame. Alternately, you can boil the mangoes until soft.

  2. If you roast the mangoes, do this on a low and slow heat to allow the mango pulp to cook and soften.

  3. When the mangoes are soft and cooked remove from heat and place in a bowl. Cover the bowl with a lid or foil and let the mangoes rest

  4. Meanwhile, In a small pan, lightly roast the cumin seeds on slow heat. When they change color from a light brown to a dark brown and start smelling toasty, they are ready. Take care not to overcook the seeds. The oil in the seeds starts to burn and taste bitter

  5. When the mangoes are cool, peel them and remove the pulp into a blender. Add all the other ingredients and blend until a smooth puree is formed

  6. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 12 hours

  7. When ready to eat, remove from the mold and some Aleppo peppers to taste

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Comments 10

  1. Oh my! these look amazingly refreshing – and in the current heatwave in Washington DC, we need all the refreshment we can get. I don’t have aleppo peppers but I do have crushed aleppo pepper. Can I sprinkle some onto the popsicles?

  2. I’ve been meaning to make a trip to our local international market for some things. Green mangoes are going to be one of the things I look for so I can make these popsicles! The addition of the aleppo pepper sounds divine!

  3. Living in south Texas on the border, mangoes are a favorite and almost always in our kitchen. This is a perfect way to use them during our hot humid months (almost always!). I’m a huge fan of roasting/toasting anything, and using sweet and savory together. I can’t wait to try your Aam Panna Popsicles!

  4. What a party of incredible flavors this is! Thanks for sharing this refreshing summer dish – I am such a mango lover!

  5. I love that you always teach us something new about your culture! These popsicles are delightful and the perfect way to keep cool all summer long!

  6. I did not grow up eating mangoes, but I’m making up for that now! These popsicles are so pretty and perfect for keeping cool all summer long!

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