Ayurvedic Lemonade

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.

IMG_7278My 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. ย 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.JPGWe, 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

Serves: 1


  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


  • 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.

71 Comments Add yours

  1. 3C Style says:

    I like the recipes you propose on your blog and I find interesting the stories that comes along with them. Have a great Friday. -Dominique

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks for reading this post !

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you !

  2. Healthy organic ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you !

      1. You are welcome ๐Ÿ˜Š

  3. Reema says:

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

    1. Megala says:

      Oh! Its nice! Thanks for stopping by!

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