Ayurvedic Lemonade

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.          IMG_7278My 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.

IMG_9433.JPGI 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

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  1. Lemon – 1 No.
  2. Powdered palm jaggery – 1/4 cup
  3. Dried ginger (chukku) – 1/2 inch
  4. Cardamom – 1 No.
  5. Salt – a pinch
  6. Water – 300 ml
  7. Few Tulsi leaves for garnishing

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Method:

  • 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.

 

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63 Comments Add yours

  1. Reema says:

    We don’t add Lemon Juice to our panagam/panakam! But will surely try this version once! Thank you!

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    1. Megala says:

      Oh! Its nice! Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks a lot!

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  2. Nice remedy for cooling body temperature. We do offer this to god on sri rama navami

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks so much!

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  3. Food Express Odisha says:

    All the ingredients used are good for helath specially dried ginger

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    1. Megala says:

      Yes, thanks a lot!

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  4. I could certainly go for a tall glass of your lemonade right now… It’s very hot out, and this sounds perfectly refreshing. Love that addition of cardamom especially!

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    1. Megala says:

      Yes, it is really refreshing & tastes so divine that can not be expressed by words! Please do try and let me know! 🙂
      Btw, thanks for stopping by!

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  5. danielle says:

    Thank you for sharing this, I have learned something new 🙂 It’s wonderful that you share your culture.

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    1. Megala says:

      My pleasure! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Sneha Modi says:

    WOW! Sounds interesting. I shall try this.

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  7. Savvy Raj says:

    One of my favourites

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    1. Megala says:

      Ah! Thanks!

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  8. It is so awesome to know about your culture and traditions..Just love to read all your post.This drink is completely awesome.Will try this definitely.

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks so much for your appreciation!

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  9. Sumith says:

    Truly refreshing.

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      1. Sumith says:

        Hi Megala, need a favour from you. Was just wondering is my gravator taking to the site. Or the direct links working. Thanking you.

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      2. Megala says:

        Gravator takes to your profile page & your name is linked to the site, but was not available ! Please check!

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      3. Sumith says:

        Thank you Megala

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  10. desivegankia says:

    So wonderful megala as always i do ekadashi fasting but i used coconut water to break fast this time on 4th of july i used your recipe to break my fast i felt so good hydrated wonderful 🙂

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    1. Megala says:

      Wow! Great to know that! Thanks so much!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Eva@L.E.EBakers says:

    Your recipes always make my mouth water, I can honestly say this. Looks. So. Amazingly. Good!!! Yummmm!!!

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks for your kind appreciation!

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  12. Looks very refreshing!
    Not sure I have tried this in Malaysia before.

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  13. lovely panagam. Good for body heat. thanks for sharing.

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks a lot!

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  14. nice and refreshing…

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  15. Christy B says:

    Great to learn of this tasty drink!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks a lot!

      Liked by 1 person

  16. I just love seeing your posts. It just amazes me how much different cultures can eat so uniquely! I would love visiting different places just to taste the food that looks so wonderful!

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks! Nice to know that! Welcome to India! 🙂

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  17. So good Megala. Thanks for sharing this amazing traditional Recipe. Will try this soon.

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  18. Looks so refreshing 🙂 I love that you have used brass utensils ❤

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  19. So traditional, thanks for sharing

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks a lot!

      Liked by 1 person

  20. Dreamtemples says:

    I love panagam! Thanks so much for posting this tradititional neivedyam drink.

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks a lot! I am so happy that you have read this post!!

      Liked by 1 person

  21. Wow!! so nice & refreshing. Specially I liked the traditional container. We call it Ghoti in Bengal.

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    1. Megala says:

      🙂 Thanks Reena!

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  22. What is jaggery?

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    1. Megala says:

      It is a traditional cane sugar used in Indian cuisine. Thanks for stopping by!

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  23. Loved the taste and flavour of Panakam. Yours looks refreshing!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks so much, Pushpita!

      Liked by 1 person

  24. Swati Awana says:

    Lemonade with a nice freshness! 👍👍😍😍

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  25. Rashminotes says:

    Looks great Megala!

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  26. I love the Ghoti from which you are supposed to drink it. Traditional never goes out of appeal. much love to the blog post.

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks so much!

      Liked by 1 person

  27. Wow! I admire the tenacity of your grand Aunt.
    I have tasted the panakam earlier. It tastes just yum!!

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks Radhika!

      Liked by 1 person

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