Panakam is a traditional lemonade that we offer to God. Generally we end our fasting by drinking panakam as it helps to purify, energise & hydrate our body. My grand father’s sister, a hardcore devotee of Lord Muruga, never missed to observe fasting on all Sashti days (once in every fortnight) and also she observed silence (mouna viratham) throughout the day meditating with Rudhraksha beads. She used to take bath in the evening and broke her silence while performing a grand pooja. Finally she drank panakam followed by a light meal consisting of cooked samba rice (raw rice) drizzled with sesame oil, a banana, a block of jaggery (achchu vellam) and few pieces of coconut.
I was completely awestruck while watching her meditating & performing poojas at the age of 8. Hope I would also follow her footsteps when I grow old! Now lets prepare Ayurvedic Lemonade :
Time Taken: 5 min
- Lemon – 1 No.
- Powdered palm jaggery – 1/4 cup
- Dried ginger (chukku) – 1/2 inch
- Cardamom – 1 No.
- Salt – a pinch
- Water – 300 ml
- Few Tulsi leaves for garnishing
- Crush dried ginger & cardamom using mortar & pestle into powder and keep aside.
- Add jaggery into water and stir until dissloved.
- Add salt, lemon juice and powdered ginger into jaggery water.
- Finally filter the lemonade through a fine mesh.
- Garnish with Tulsi leaves before serving.