Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Panakam - Panagam | Sri Rama Navami Recipes

Panakam always reminds me of the ones that is served in temples in a small thonai kind of tumbler...I so so love this drink.Jaggery pepper drink flavoured with cardamom is a natural body coolant and is perfect for hot summers.I posted neer more last year and this year made vada pappu along with panakam to post for Rama Navami.

The festival of Rama Navami marks the birthday celebrations of the Hindu Lord Rama, who is considered to be one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. According to the Hindu calendar, it falls on the ninth day of the Chaitra month, which is the Spring season. The prasadam / naivaidhyam made on the day are usually coolant in nature Neer Mor and Panakam are essential drinks for the occassion.
We are leaving to my sil's place to Chennai tonite and hopefully the following 2 posts should be from there hopefully :)
Panakam  Recipe

Panakam Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Makes : 2.5 cups
Recipe Category: Beverage | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Water - 2.5 cups
Powdered Jaggery - 1/2 cup
Pepper - 4 seeds
Cardamom powder - from 1 big cardamom
Dry ginger powder - 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tbsp
Tulasi(Basil) Leaves - few for garnish
Salt - just a small pinch


  1. Keep all the ingredients ready. First add powdered jaggery and let it dissolve.Peel off the skin of cardamom...Crush pepper and cardamom coarsely and add it along with fry ginger powder to jaggery water.
    How to make panakam - Step1
  2. Add lemon juice. Finally filter it and serve chilled.
    How to make panakam - Step2
Always serve chilled!Garnish with basil leaves and cardamom skin for extra flavour.
Panakam  Recipe

My Notes:

  • Adjust lemon juice according to your taste.
  • I used paagu vellam just to get the golden brown color, you can use normal jaggery too though paagu vellam is preferred.
  • You can also add a tsp of karupatti for extra flavour.
  • You can plus / minus the ingredients according to your choice.
  • You can also use chilled water to make panakam.

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Never tasted Panakam.. thanks for sharing.

  2. Reminds me of temple panagam.. Nice presentation

  3. Nice drink ...will try for sure ! :)

  4. Panagam looks fabulous,refreshing, love that tumblers..sema azhaga irruku.

  5. Lovely.. loved ur presentation :)

  6. Never heard ! But looks refreshing...

  7. loved the copper glasses and pics. nice presentation.

  8. Beautiful Post!!!Pass my regards to Priya:)

  9. Beautiful presentation , nice traditional recipes

  10. never tried this but this cooling drink looks amazingly fresh...lovely presentation as always.

  11. fabulous drinks, looks tempting! nice presentation

  12. Wow!wonderful post..i love all ur clicks especially first one its so to have now...

  13. Simply looks divine sharmi! Love those brass glasses, add more beauty to the pics :) U always rock with ur prop selection..nice :)

  14. I am a huge huge fan of Panaka and it brings back such fond memories for me. Beautiful clicks Sharmi!

  15. Oh my god, this reminds me of my Thatha Paati and the traditional Agrahaaram where I lived in my childhood, awesome drink in temples and also pakkathu aathu kaara enna pola chinna ambigazha paanagam kudikka azhaippa :) :)

    Kudos, today I learnt how to make Paanakm :) Cheers to you guys.

  16. this is simply yaar and gud for health

  17. Delicious! Just made it n we all loved it.beautiful space u got here.glad I found it.


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