Ayurvedic Lemonade

Panakam is a traditional ayurvedic lemonade offered to deities at home on the day of Sashti observed by Saivites and also on the day of Rama Navami celebrated by Vaishnavites. Rama navami is celebrated on the birthday of Lord Rama and Kandha Sashti Viratham is observed for 7 days after Deepavali, apart from the regular Shasti every month.


We usually drink this delicious panakam all the 7 days while fasting as it helps to purify, energize & hydrate our body. My grandfather’s sister, a hardcore devotee of Lord Muruga, never missed to observe fasting on every Sashti (falls once in a month) and also she observed silence (mouna viratham) throughout the day and meditated 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 a few pieces of coconut meat.


We, as children, were completely awestruck watching her meditating and performing pooja. Hope I would also follow her footsteps when I grow old! Now let’s prepare Ayurvedic Lemonade :

Time Taken: 5 min

Yields: 300 ml


  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.

75 Comments Add yours

  1. Luv itπŸ‘Œ

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks a lot!

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

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks so much!

      1. Anytime 😊

  3. Food Express Odisha says:

    All the ingredients used are good for helath specially dried ginger

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, thanks a lot!

  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!

    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! πŸ™‚
      Btw, thanks for stopping by!

  5. danielle says:

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

    1. Megala says:

      My pleasure! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Sneha Modi says:

    WOW! Sounds interesting. I shall try this.

    1. Megala says:


  7. Savvy Raj says:

    One of my favourites

    1. Megala says:

      Ah! Thanks!

  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.

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks so much for your appreciation!

  9. 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.

  10. Sumith says:

    Truly refreshing.

    1. Megala says:


      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.

      2. Megala says:

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

      3. Sumith says:

        Thank you Megala

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