Bela Pana

Bela Panna ( Odisha Style Wood Apple Drink)

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The moment you hear the word panna or Pana, it is Aam ka Panna that pops up in your mind. But, there are more variants to this summer cooler!

In Odisha, for example, they make a traditional Pana with wood apples. The Bela Pana is a totally mind-boggling summer drink, with an intriguing flavour and mouth-feel.

Indeed, if a drink combines wood apple with paneer, coconut, spices, jaggery, etc., you can well imagine what a roller-coaster you are in for.

The Bela Pana is quite addictive though – you cannot stop with one helping. Worry not, you can have a little more if you are tempted, because this awesome drink is also good for you. It has a soothing effect on the body in summers and also aids digestion.

With characteristic ingredients of Odia cuisine like chenna and coconut, this drink is part of festivities like Pana Sankranti and Odia new year. It is also offered as prasad to Lord Jagannath of Puri.

Enjoy how to make Bela Pana recipe with detailed step by step photos below.

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Bela Pana recipe - How to make Bela Pana

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 6 glasses


For Bela Pana
1 bela /bel/wood apple/bengal quince
1 banana
5 to 6 tbsp sugar
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper (kalimirch)
1/2 cup grated paneer (cottage cheese)
1/4 cup grated coconut
4 to 5 ice-cubes
For bela pana

    For bela pana
  1. To make bela pana, break the bel (wood apple/bengal quince) and transfer the pulp to a bowl.
  2. Add ¼ cup of water and strain using a strainer. Transfer this to another deep bowl.
  3. Combine the banana, sugar, black pepper,grated paneer, grated coconut and sugar in the same bowl. Mash it up with the help of a spoon.
  4. Add about 2 cups of water and mix well.
  5. Serve bela pana chilled over ice cubes.

Bela Pana recipe with step by step photos

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How to make Bela Pana

  1. To make the Bela pana, take a medium sized bel. Break it open with the help of a knife. Be very careful as shell of the wood apple is hard to break.
  2. Remove the pulp with the help of a spoon a transfer it to a bowl.
  3. Mash the pulp with your hands. Make sure that you remove all the lumps by mashing the pulp.
  4. Add about ½ cup of water and strain the pulp using a strainer. Transfer it to another deep bowl.
  5. Mash the banana well with the help of your hands.
  6. Add the banana. Banana enhances the mouthfeel  and flavour of the Bela Pana.
  7. Add the sugar. You can increase or decrease the amount of sugar as per your liking.
  8. Now, add black pepper to cut down excess sweetness. It also perks up the flavours of the Bela Pana. 
  9. Add the grated coconut for the desired mouthfeel.
  10. Add grated paneer or Chenna. Chenna is an essential part of Odia cuisine and is used in most vegetarian dishes and desserts.
  11. Mix it up with the help of a spoon. You can use your hands or a potato masher if you wish to.
  12. Now, add about 2 cups of water to adjust the consistency of your Bela Pana.
  13. Mix it up well with te help of a spoon.
  14. Serve the Bela Pana chilled over ice cubes. You can garnish it with Bel leaves or a few pomegranate seeds.

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