Odia Bela Pana

Odia Bela Pana

Pana Sankranti celebrated as the Odia New Year. We Odia celebrate all our festivals with different type of food. In this time it is very hot in Odisha. We offer panna (a special drink) as prasad or naibedya to God Jaganath. You can say it prasad or summer juice. During this summer it is a healthy and natural juice. After drinking you will not need food. Especially during Pana Sankranti, Oriya families prepare the drink at home and distribute among friends and relatives. The drink is also sold at lassi stalls on the roadside.

Ingredients:

Ripe fruits of Bela (Aegle marmelos) fruit pulp 1
Black pepper 1/2 teaspoon
Grated paneer 1 cup
Grated coconut 1 cup
Banana peeled and mashed 1/2 cup
Beshan Bundi 1/2 cup
Handful of cashew nut and raisin
Sugar as taste
Water 1 litre
Some ice cubes

Method:

Soak the bela in 1litre water for two hours. After two hour with a spoon remove the pulp from bela. Mash the pealed banana and sugar together. Mix it in bela juice. Add grated paneer and crashed black pepper in the bela juice. Add grated coconut and ice cube in it.. Now in a serving glass pour the bela pana. Garnish with sweet beshan bundi and cashew, raisin. Serve chilled.

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