I always look forward to having Panakam on Sree Rama Navami.
This sweet and spicy drink, called Panakam in Andhra Pradesh and Bellada Panaka in Karnataka, is an essential part of Sree Rama Navami Naivedyam in Andhra Pradesh along with:
Sree Rama Navami is the birthday of Lord Rama and the culmination of the 10-day Vasanta Navratri (Chaitra Navratri) that begins with Ugadi, the New Year for Andhras, Kannadigas, and Maharashtrians. These 10 days are packed with hustle-bustle with many poojas, concerts and social events. Also, this festival is towards the start of summer in South India and as a result temperatures are quite on the uptick.
The easy-to-make Panakam has great cooling effect on the body and you will find it being served in many homes and temples throughout Chaitra Navratri and indeed throughout the summer as a refreshing cooling drink.
I first posted this recipe in April 2013 and have updated it today with better photos and a recipe card.
Recipe for Panakam
Panakam | Bellada Panaka | Panagam
- 3 Cups Water (750 ml)
- 1/2 Cup Grated Jaggery (60 gms)
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper Powder
- 1/2 tsp Sonti/Chukku/Dry Ginger Powder
- 1/4 tsp Cardamom Powder
- 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
- Dissolve jaggery in water.
- Strain the liquid and discard the residue.
- Add pepper, cardamom, dry ginger powder, and lemon juice (if you are using it) to the jaggery water.
- Mix well.
- Serve Panakam at room temperature.