I always look forward to having Panakam on Sree Rama Navami. This sweet and spicy drink, along with Chalimidi and Vada Pappu, is the traditional naivedyam on Sree Rama Navami in Andhra Pradesh.

Panakam for Rama Navami
Panakam for Rama Navami

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.

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 on various occasions throughout the summer as a refreshing cooling drink.

Bellada Panaka | Panagam
Bellada Panaka | Panagam

I first posted this recipe in April 2013 and have updated it today with better photos and a recipe card.

How to Make Panakam

Panakam | Panagam | Bellada Panaka


Panakam is a sweet and spicy drink served as naivedyam on Rama Navami and many other festivals. It is also a drink that cools the body and so we keep it on hand in summer.
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Andhra Pradesh, Indian, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu
Servings 6 People


  • 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.
Keyword Panaka, Panakam, Summer Cooler

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