Kachchi kairi, or raw mango, is etched in all of our summer memories, as strongly as are the scorching winds, the uncomfortable heat and the relentless Sun. One of the perks of living in a tropical country like India is the opportunity to indulge in yummy thirst quenchers prepared from summer favourites, of which raw mango has the widest appeal. Kairi ka panna or a drink made from green (raw) mangoes is made across the country at the advent of summers, and stored in glass jars to be served to guests and family throughout the day. Nothing spells relief quite like the sensation of sipping on cool khatta-meetha kairi ka panna that has been spiced with black salt, cumin powder and ginger powder. Street vendors selling pieces of kachcha aam also start cropping up here and there, offering passers by a temporary respite from the sweltering heat. We all love to munch on raw mango and drink its juice because it’s simply delicious, and it tastes of nostalgia. But, there’s a reason our mothers always keep a stock in the fridge and feed us kairi pickle during the summers – they are very healthy.