Thursday, 4 June 2015


Roasted Kiwi Panna, is a refreshing non-alcoholic drink made using roasted kiwi fruits, fresh mint and black salt to beat the heat.  

I don't know how much the Brits would like to talk about British culture, history or royals. Not sure do we boast about our multicultural country and it's NHS, which ranked No 1 healthcare service in the world. God knows!  we all love to discuss rain, wind and snow precisely because Britain's weather is so unpredictable!

One boasts about sunny and bright weather in her recent Tandarjo Keri Thepla, and next day mother nature slapped us by giving cold and windy weather for few days, the temperature dropped so low that we had to turn our central heating on. Still being optimistic and waiting for a sunny, bright and warm temperatures in coming days!

Summer seasons here, mainly cool and most pleasant temperatures, definitely not intense and cruel heat waves,  yet we cool down in style and make the most of the sunshine we get. As summers here are not so searing or stuffy, yes, there are a chance of getting sunburn or sunstroke but rarely that happens, so there isn't any need of any summer coolers, if we have it just for our tastebuds.

I clearly remember having Aam Panna,  Chaas ( yogurt drink ) and Kairi aur Pyaj ka kachumber, in  the blistering heat of India during my childhood, but not in the UK. Since last 25 years I haven't had Aam Panna, I don't need to as the heat doesn't grip the UK so much, we are content with water, chass or homemade smoothies, as we are not a beverage-holic.  I don't take any pride in stocking up any soft drinks cans, sugary fruit juices or weird combination ice tea bottles in my refrigerater. Other than that, I like to avoid fruit juices on a regular basis, because it has high sugar content, which gives a quick energy but soon wears off, Instead we gorge on Whole Fruit - the sugar levels are less concentrated and it contains fibre too. Maybe these are the reasons you will not find many beverage recipes on my blog ;)

If I am trying to avoid fruit juices then why Kiwi Palm Soda Panna ? Well, each recipe, has it's own story !! There was unripe and very firm kiwis sitting on a kitchen worktop for almost one week, made a mistake, tried to eat one, felt like I might never come back to it ( in all these years first time experienced like this ) they were sharp and astringent, lips started tingling and thought sorley ( or surely ) I was punished. For a second, thought came across to my mind 'let's bin it', but couldn't, I paused for a moment and thought of an Aam Panna  ( currently bloggywood  has been flooded with this recipe )  and right to that moment rather in the bin kiwis went straight on fire and Kiwi Palm Sugar Soda Panna was born almost 2 weeks ago in my kitchen! ( yep, guilty I don't post recipes as I make )

While the kiwis and cumins was slow roasting on the fire, I plucked up few british mint leaves from my garden, and started preparing Kiwi Panna. I followed almost same recipe as Aam Panna, but twisted the recipe slightly, palm sugar went in instead of white sugar for a LOW GI and alternatively,  plain sparkling water I used. Frankly speaking this drink is not tick a healthy option, just because it's Fruit, because I did roast the fruit,  all the vitamin C destroyed, however...something innovative !

Kiwi Palm Panna is a crisp concoction of Kiwi fruits, Cumin, Mint and black salt. It has
sweet, tart and mildly spicy flavours, maybe we can call it Cousin of Aam Panna ! It was refreshing and lightly smoky flavours. The recipe is very simple and quick and this drink can be served as an appetizer or a welcome drink as cumin and black salt aid in digestion, or accompaniment with snacks or meals.


Roasted Kiwi Panna, Keri Ka Panna
Yield: 4-6 servings

Roasted Kiwi Panna

Roasted Kiwi Panna

Kiwi Palm Panna is a crisp concoction of Kiwi fruits, Cumin, Mint and black salt. It has a sweet, tart and mildly spicy flavours.
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 45 Mtotal time: 50 M


  • 6 Firm Kiwi fruits
  • 5-6 tbsp. Palm sugar paste or White sugar or Jaggery
  • 5-6 tbsp Fresh Mint leaves
  • 2-3 tbsp Fresh Coriander leaves
  • 2 tsp. Whole roasted cumin (Jeera)
  • 1/2 tbsp. Fresh Ginger
  • 1 tsp. Fresh black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp. Black salt - sanchar powder-kala namak
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Lemon/Lime juice
  • Sparkling water or plain soda or plain water


How to cook Roasted Kiwi Panna

  1. Push the barbecue skewers straight from the middle right through the kiwis and roast the kiwis ( with the skin on ) on a very low heat on stove or barbecue.
  2. Occasionally turn the kiwis so that it gets roasted evenly.
  3. Remove from the flame and let it cool slightly.
  4. Remove the charred skin of the kiwis and chop roughly.
  5. Now place everything in the blender except roasted kiwis with a little amount of water and blend till you get almost fine paste.
  6. Now add chopped kiwis with more water and blend it again. Check for salt and sugar.
  7. Mix it properly and pour it in a tall glass.
  8. Fill up the glass with ice and top up with sparkling water or plain soda.
  9. Serve immediately.


Instead of kiwis, you can use raw mangoes too.
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  1. That drink sounds so flavorful and refreshing. Very unique to me and I will love trying this one out!

  2. Just awed by the beautiful clicks, and the roasted kiwi panna recipe is just too good, thanks for the lovely share.

  3. Gorgeous shots especially the splash ones. Kept gazing at them for some time before I finally reached down to comment. Great recipe and great way to use Kiwi other than salads or just as a fruit. Pannas are the best coolants during summers and I would currently need a big jug of these to quench my thirst and cool off.

  4. Oh I couldn't take off my eyes from your pictures...lovely...I can feel how delicious the drinks have...the roasted kiwi should be an interesting innovation


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