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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bela Panaa

Preparation Time: 10-15 mins

Ingredients -

  • 1 Ripened Bela/Wood apple/Elephant apple
  • 1 cup curd
  • 1 cup chenna/curdled milk or 3 rosogullas
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 3tbs sugar
  • ice-cubes
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper powder

Preparation: Break the shell of the wood apple on a hard surface and scoop out the
yellow flesh.

Put the yellow flesh in a mixing bowl and add 2 cups of cold water. Mix the flesh with the water using your fingers to extract the juice.

Strain the juice using a sieve. Transfer the remaining pulp back to the mixing bowl and add 1 cup cold water and extract any remaining juice.

Strain the juice and throw away the pulp.

Add sugar, banana, chenna/rosogulla, curd and black pepper. Mix well using your fingers.

Pour into glasses & top up with ice-cubes. Serve chilled.

Note: Bela ( also called Bel) pannaa is very popular in Orissa during the summer months.

It is offered to Lord Shiva on Panaa Sankranti day which falls on 14th of April. It is supposed to be an excellent coolant and is good for the bowels.

The leaves of this plant are also offered to Lord Shiva along with milk. Consuming a fistful of these leaves is supposed to reduce blood pressure & diabetes.


  1. Wow!!! lovely and nutritious drink. Never heard about this fruit and using rosogullas in juice is new to me. Yummy ...

  2. During summer this is really an excellent coolant. My Dad's fav ...Very thick and creamy..

    Hamaree Rasoi

  3. perfect cooler for the scorching heat- good one !

  4. New to me. Must try. Thanks for sharing.
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  5. Omg, this drink looks wonderful, love wood apples with jaggery but never tried as drink..yumm!

  6. I just knew about the bela leaves being offered to lord shiva..but was unaware of its fruit...this is a super informative post.

  7. Nice post dear..looks wonderful.

  8. Its my fav drink...looks soo yummy...plz pass me some...:)

  9. Never heard or tried this before, wood apple with drink is different, thanks for this new flavor..

  10. we love woodapple deliciously done yummy

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