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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
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Makes 6 glasses
- To make bela pana, break the bel (wood apple/bengal quince) and transfer the pulp to a bowl.
- Add ¼ cup of water and strain using a strainer. Transfer this to another deep bowl.
- 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.
- Add about 2 cups of water and mix well.
- Serve bela pana chilled over ice cubes.
Bela Pana recipe with step by step photos
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