Panakam is a traditional lemonade that we offer to God. It tastes so divine and is taken during Kandha Sashti Viratham observed for 7 days after Deepavali. We used to drink panakam on all these days as it helps to purify, energize & hydrate our body.
My grand father’s sister, a hardcore devotee of Lord Muruga, never missed to observe fasting on every Sashti day (once in a month) 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.
We, as children, were completely awestruck watching her meditating & performing pooja. 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 dissolved.
- Add salt, lemon juice and powdered ginger into jaggery water.
- Finally filter the lemonade through a fine mesh.
- Garnish with Tulsi leaves before serving.