Panakam

panakamPanakam is a simple sweet drink prepared during festivals like Rama Navami. In my village, Thekkegramam, this drink is served to people pulling the temple chariot on Rama Navami day. Some households would keep a huge vessel full of Panakam and serve it to every thirsty passerby. It is a good thirst quencher and natural body coolant. It is healthy since jaggery is used instead of sugar. Dry ginger powder and cardamom powder used for flavoring gives it special aroma and taste. There is no specific recipe for this drink as it is very simple and can be made as per personal preference.

Ingredients:
Jaggery – 1/2 cup
Water – 2 cups
Cardamom powder – a pinch
Dry ginger powder/chukku, soonth – 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice (optional) – 2 tsps or to taste

Preparation Time: 5 mins
Makes 2 glasses

Method: Add water to the jaggery and let it melt. Add cardamom, dry ginger powder, and lemon juice. Mix well. Use a strainer to filter it out. Chill and serve.

Tips: You may add few Tulasi (basil) leaves for garnish. You can also add a pinch of pepper powder to jazz it up.
You may omit lemon juice. Just the cardamom and dry ginger gives a wonderful flavor and taste.
This is a default item that we make at home after we have finished making jaggery coated banana chips. A lot of jaggery, dry ginger powder, and elaichi remains in the vessel in which the chips are made. So just add water to the vessel and make a drink.

1 Comment

  1. Hi,

    Chanced upon your blog when I was searching for thekkegramam online.
    Lovely recipes in here and happy I made this chance discovery

    I have a query about thekkegramam that I am unable to find answers for online.
    I am looking to find any details possibles on a temple in thekkegramam that I read about where there are absolutely no idols, only huge mirrors , so when devotees bow down they bow to their own reflections, indicating that god is in us! Would you be able to give me any leads on the whereabouts of this temple? I am really hoping you will be able to give me some more information on this temple as there is very little available online. Could not even find a single picture online to trace it. Thank you for your time, yamini

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