AamRas or Aam Ras meaning juice of ripe and sweet mango. Here Aam refers to mango and ras means juice. Aamras is a popular dessert or a sweet from the western region of India that is Maharashtra and Gujarat. Traditionally this juice or ras was made without blender or mixer grinder and I am sharing you our recipe which we follow for this Aamras without Blender or Mixer Grinder. Typically enjoyed with some hot puris.
Being a Mumbaikar, for me Aamras is a must. I have grown up eating this during summers. The wait for the fresh ripe Alphonso mangoes the whole year used to be rewarding when mom used to make this fresh without a blender and serve it with simple roti/paratha or at times puri.
Types of Aamras
We make 2 types of Aamras one is the katki one, where we cut the aam into bite-size pieces and mix it with milk. Love to enjoy the bites in the puree as it gives you a bit of crunch. Today I am sharing with you the one which is commonly made and has the puree/pulp of the mango.
Aamras without Blender
We never used a blender for making aam ras and when I was a kid, it was fun to help mom soften the mangoes with hand and then make the puree. According to her, this was the best and healthy way to enjoy the aam ras. I do follow this to date but at times, get a bit lazy and use a blender. But believe me, the taste of the one which is done without the blender is just yum.
Mangoes to be soaked?
The important thing with mangoes is that it should always be soaked in normal tap water at least for 30-60 minutes before using it. Mango at times can cause some heat production in the body and this helps in reducing it. Secondly, nowadays it is best too, as it helps in removing all the pesticides from the skin.
Adding milk in Ras?
We always add some milk in the puree as it again helps in reducing the heat from the mango. Yes traditionally it might not be added, and one can skip it completely. I like it this way and I always add some milk. I also love to refrigerate it for some time before serving and add some ice cubes in the ras. It has a cooling and a refreshing effect.
Type of Mango used
Though the Aamras can be made using any ripe mangoes, the best is made using Alphonso mangoes. One can make it with Kesar, or any mango which is sweeter in taste. I even use the local variety I get here. The taste is a bit different, but then if you want to enjoy who cares :-).
Process of Making without Blender
To make the ras without the blender first is to clean your hands nicely. Then all you have to do is soften the mango. Do not remove the top stem/tip of the mango. With the help of your thumb and fingers gently squeeze it all over. Once it is soft, remove the tip, and then take the pulp out in a strainer, which has a pot/vessel below to collect the pulp. If you have a strainer with a bit wide holes it is better.
After removing all the pulp, immerse the skin and the seed in half a cup of water. Do not worry the mangoes are thoroughly washed and also your hands. Do the same with all the mangoes. Strain the pulp by gently pushing it against the sieve. The softened pulp will be collected in the bottom vessel.
Now give the skin and the seeds a nice rub against the water. You will be surprised at the amount of juice you still have. Why to waste this healthy and nutritious pulp after all. Strain the juice and repeat this at least 2 more times.
Next add in the required amount of sugar, cardamom powder, and milk and you are done. Yummy, delicious, and healthy aam ras is ready. Quantity of Sugar will depend on your taste and also on the sweetness of mangoes.
Before I proceed to the recipe, here are few more recipes using mangoes:
- Kairi ki Launji (Sweet & Sour Mango Chutney)
- Sweet Mango Chilli Sauce
- 4 Ingredient Instant Raw Mango Pickle
- 2 Ingredients Mango Smoothie
- Indian Style Sprouted Moong Bean and Mango Salad
Here is the recipe for Aamras Without Blender (Sweet Mango Juice):
Aamras Without Blender (Sweet Mango Juice)
- 4 Ripe Alphonso Mangoes
- ½ Cup Sugar (more or less as per your liking)
- ½ Cup Milk (more or less as per your liking)
- 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
- Wash the mangoes in clean tap water thoroughly.
- Soak the mangoes in tap water for 60 minutes minimum.
- Wash it again in clean tap water, to remove any loose dirt.
- Take a wide pot and keep a strainer on top of it.
- Now with the help of your thumb and fingers, squeeze the mango. Do not remove the top stem/tip of the mango.
- Once the mango is soft overall, remove the tip and discard.
- Remove the pulp in the strainer.
- Strain the pulp by gently pushing it against the sieve.
- The pulp will be collected in the bottom vessel.
- After removing all the pulp, immerse the skin and the seed in half a cup of water.
- Do the above steps with the remaining mangoes.
- Now give the skin and the seeds a nice rub against the water. (Optional step, but I would advise you to not skip it.)
- Strain the juice and repeat the above step at least 2 more times.
- Now add in the sugar, cardamom powder, and milk.
- Adjust the quantity of sugar and milk as per your taste.
- Let it cool for 30-60 minutes in the refrigerator.
- 1 Cup = 235 ml, 1 tbsp= 15 ml, 1 tsp = 5 ml
- The above measurements are just a guide. One can adjust the quantity as per preference.
- Milk is optional.
- It is best to consume Aamras the same day or at the max the next day.
- Keep Aamras refrigerated always.
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