Aam Panna kindles some nostalgic memories of my trip to Bhopal. It was my maiden trip to Bhopal, a decade ago when my parents lived there for briefly less than a year.
Warmth, love and memories still linger very much. It was a closely knit community where my parent’s neighbours were so eager to meet a Uk return daughter. Every house I visited, they treated me royally to a comfort meal and local souvenir. It was such an overwhelming trip with so much to do in a small place. Coming from Bangalore where life is really very fast, it was quite contrary here.
I also remember visiting a fair and also having one of the nicest Dhaba kinds of a meal accompanied with local folk dance/ music. Those were the days!! Even today, given my mum a chance, she would love to relocate to Bhopal 🙂
Yes, when I visited my dad’s colleague’s place in Bhopal who happen to be a native of Gujrat, treated me to a chilled glass of Aam ka Panna. I really couldn’t stop with one .. that I did ask for more. Over the years Amma learnt from Aunty and she would make it a regular affair.
A decade later, when I spotted some Raw Mangoes at my local Indian Grocer, I handpicked a few. Totally excited, I had a list of things planned – Mangakari, Mangakuttan and what not. But I ended up making Aam Panna.
Summer Berries Spritzer, Mango Orange Kiwi Juice, Strawberry Lassi, Gin & Tonic in Pimms Style, Cranberry Mojito, Blackcurrant Apple Mocktail, Fresh Peach Lemonade, Watermelon Juice – so many choices if you would like for alternatives. Or just “PIN IT for Later”.