Aam Panna/ Kairi Panha

May 9, 2012mayurisjikoni
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Aam Panna/ Kairi Panha also known as aam jhora is a sweet, tangy, cooling summer drink made from raw mangoes. Especially enjoyed during the hot summer months as raw mango has cooling effect on the body. It prevents heat exhaustion as its loaded with sugar and is rich in pectin, Vitamin B and C.

It is believed that this recipe originates from West India. Whether that is the truth or not, come summer and every household makes this thirst quenching delicious and cooling drink. I personally sometimes cannot stop at one glass only! I know it full of calories, but who cares about eating food after that…unless it is a chaat dish 😉


My Way Of Making Aam Panna/ Kairi Panha

  • Usually, I make a big batch of the aam panna concentrate and store it in the fridge. You  need only a tablespoon or two to make the cooling drink. Add chilled water, ice and the drink is ready. I tend to make this when it gets really hot in Mombasa i.e. from December to March. I  freeze the concentrate in the ice tray. When guests come to visit us I add just one or two cubes to the water and a refreshing drink is ready.
  •  Most aam panna recipes will recommend boiling the mangoes with the peel but nowadays we just can’t be sure what chemicals may be present on it. I prefer peeling the mango before boiling it. Also, I like using the half raw mangoes so that I don’t have to load it with sugar to make it palatable.
  • When in India, I use the semi ripe Alfonso or Banganapalli mangoes and in Kenya it has to be the apple mango. If these are not in season as yet, then use the tiny mangoes that are usually available for chutneys. The semi ripe ones will be yellow inside.
  • Adding spices like cardamom, saffron and fresh ginger  is optional but it does make the aam panna taste really good.
  • While some add black salt (sanchar), but my family don’t really like it so I add rock salt or normal salt.

Two Version Of Aam Panna/ Kairi Panha

I tend to make two versions of aam panna/ kairi panha. One with sugar and sometimes with jaggery. The colour of the aam panna with jaggery changes. Also the colour will depend on how yellow or green the raw mango appears. Apple mango even when raw tends to appear bright yellow. Other variety of mango like dodo or lamu variety appear more green than yellow.

While some don’t crush mint with the cooked mango pulp I like to do so. Not only is it cooling but it is a way of getting my family to enjoy the nutritional value of fresh mint.


I’ve updated the recipe with better photos on 22/04/2016, but the recipes for both versions of aam panna remains the same.

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Ingredients Required For Aam Panna/ Kairi Panha

  • Raw Mango – as I mentioned, I take ones that are slightly ripe. Press the mango gently and it should not be very hard. Remove the peel before cooking as you don’t know what sort of chemicals are sprayed on them. Best to chop the mango into chunks. Add also the seed or stone. This way it cooks much faster.
  • Water – normal tap water is required to cook the mango.
  • Fresh Mints – some add the mint while the mango is cooking. I prefer to add them when I puree the cold pulp.
  • Sugar/Jaggery – for the sugar version you need normal white sugar. If you make it with jaggery, try and use jaggery powder or use jaggery that is not too dark in colour. It will alter the colour of the aam panna.
  • Fresh Ginger – optional. If I use ginger then I add it to the mango when it is cooking.
  • Salt – add according to your taste. You want a balance of sweet and saltiness. Use either black salt(sanchar), rock salt or normal white salt.
  • Cardamom Powder – elachi. Adds a lovely aromatic flavour. But it is optional if you don’t like cardamom.
  • Saffron – adds a wonderful flavour and colour too. Optional.
  • Cumin Powder – jeera powder, is a must as aam panna is not aam panna without it.
  • To Serve: need ice cold water and some ice cubes.




Aam Panna/ Kairi Panha also known as aam jhora is a sweet, tangy, cooling summer drink made from raw mangoes. Especially enjoyed during the hot summer months as raw mango has cooling effect on the body. It prevents heat exhaustion as its loaded with sugar and is rich in pectin, Vitamin B and C.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course beverage, Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 8



  • 1 cup semi ripe mango peeled and diced
  • cup water
  • 1 tsp ginger paste optional
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves
  • tsp saffron
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • ¼ -⅓ cup sugar
  • 6-8 cups ice cold water for serving
  • some ice cubes to serve


  • 3 small raw mangoes peeled and chopped
  • 6-8 tbsp jaggery powder or grated
  • cup water
  • tsp saffron optional
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • ½ cup mint leaves
  • 6-8 cups cold water for serving
  • some ice cubes to serve



  • Put the water, mango, mango seed and ginger in a pan. Cover it with a lid and boil over medium heat till the mangoes become soft. This takes about 10-15 minutes.
  • Let the mixture cool. Remove the seed and remove pulp from it using a spoon.
  • Put the mixture in a blender jug. Blend to a smooth paste.
  • Strain the mixture using a sieve to catch any fibers.
  • Return a bit of the puree to the blender. Add mint leaves and process.
  • Add it to the other puree.
  • Add  salt, sugar, saffron and cumin powder. Stir to mix well.
  • Divide the pulp into 6-8 serving glasses.
  • Top each glass with a cup of the ice cold water. Stir well.
  • Add ice cubes and serve.
  • Store the pulp in a clean jar if not using right away.


  • Peel the mangoes and cut it into chunks. Add water and cook the mangoes till done.
  • Blend the cooked mango along with the jaggery in a food processor to a smooth paste.
  • Strain the puree through a wire mesh sieve to remove fiber.
  • Return the puree into the blender. Add the mint leaves.
  • Process till mint leaves are crushed.
  • Add cumin powder, saffron strands and cardamom powder.
  • Mix well.
  • To prepare the drink, add 2-3 tbsp of the mango puree into a glass. Add cold water and ice cubes. Stir and serve.
  • Can store the pulp in a clean jar in the fridge.


  • Add sugar or jaggery according to your taste.
  • Add salt according to your taste. Use black salt, rock salt or normal salt.
  • Adding ginger and saffron is totally optional.
  • Use holy basil or tulsi instead of mint.
  • The concentrated pulp stays fresh in the fridge for over a week.
  • I like to freeze the pulp in ice cube tray for future use.
  • Also I store one without sugar or jaggery so that I can serve it with stevia or other sweeteners for diabetics.
Keyword aam panna, kairi panha, mango panna, raw mango juice

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  • Sangeetha Duraisamy

    April 25, 2016 at 6:08 am

    nice recipe

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    March 26, 2022 at 6:56 am

    5 stars
    Aam Panha is a delicious mango drink. It is refreshing during these hot summer days. Looks good.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 27, 2022 at 6:14 pm

      Thanks Jayashree.

  • Sasmita Sahoo

    March 26, 2022 at 10:14 am

    5 stars
    Aam Panna is a must during summer … Love this tangy and cooling summer drink using raw mangoes. I am waiting for current season’s fresh raw mangoes to enjoy

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 27, 2022 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks Sasmita, for us mangoes are already in the market but the weather is too cold. Waiting for it to get warmer so that I can enjoy my favourite drink.

  • Archana

    March 26, 2022 at 10:47 am

    5 stars
    Yes! The Aam Panna season is here! Come over Mayuri I will give you a tree full of Alphonso mangoes. I too prefer to use the semi ripes ones. Love your pics and will make some today.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 27, 2022 at 6:11 pm

      Thanks Archana, wish could come over to India. In the meantime am going to make it again with Mexican mangoes. Am sure will work out just well.

  • Kalyani

    March 27, 2022 at 10:09 am

    5 stars
    mouthwatering recipe mayuri. aam panna looks fab.. wish I could have it directly from the screen

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 27, 2022 at 6:08 pm

      Thank you so much Kalyani.

  • Preethi Prasad

    March 28, 2022 at 7:51 am

    5 stars
    Aam panna is always irresistible. I can’t wait to make it as summers are starting here. Going to enjoy this in full swing as I visit Bangalore soon. I loved both your versions.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 29, 2022 at 9:19 pm

      I too love aam panna. Enjoy them to the maximum when you go to Bangalore.

  • Priya Vj

    March 28, 2022 at 8:27 am

    5 stars
    Best drink for summer and in peak of mango season is this heavenly aam panna ! I also make the jaggery version which has a nice earthy flavor . Loved the clicks.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      March 29, 2022 at 9:18 pm

      Thank you so much Priya, though it is snowing again, I made a small portion to enjoy it as I love it so much. Hubby thought I was mad having a cold drink when it is cold outside.. how can one resist cravings 🙂

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