Sacred Fruit Salad

Panchamirtham is a sacred fruit salad that we offer to God and is also used for abishegam (bathing deities) in temples. The famous Palani panchamirtham made using bananas that are exclusively grown near Palani hills is offered to Lord Muruga in Palani temple. You can check this video to see how panchamirtham abishegam is performed to the deity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0bONKBgUm0

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In Hindu marriages it is customary that the parents of bride & groom exchange fruits during engagement as a token of acceptance. Later they exchange sweets, clothes, jewels (specially rings), etc. So during every marriage in our family, we used to have loads of fruits that we distribute to relatives, neighbors and we also feed them to cows or elephants in temples. Finally my aunt (mother’s youngest sister) used to prepare an extremely delicious panchamirtham with left-over fruits.

ceremony.gifMy mother also prepares a panchamirtham using wood apples (vilampazham) during Vinayaka Chathurthi. Panchamirtham is a traditional fruit salad that helps to meet our daily requirement of vitamins & minerals. Nowadays nutritionists are recommending to take salads with seasonal fruits. Here you can check the traditional recipe for a salad using native fruits :

Ingredients:

  1. Red banana (sevvazhai pazham) – 1 No.
  2. Native banana (nattu vazhaipazham) – 1 No
  3. Hill banana (Malai vazhaipazham) – 2 Nos.
  4. Small banana (Poovan pazham) – 2 Nos.
  5. Mango – 1 No.
  6. Pomegranate – 1 No.
  7. Sweet lime (mosambi) – 1 No.
  8. Guava (koiya pazham) – 2 Nos.
  9. Dates – 9 Nos.
  10. Grapes – 12 Nos.
  11. Jackfruit – 3 bulbs
  12. Cane jaggery (nattu sarkkarai) – ¼ cup (optional)
  13. Honey – ½ tbsp

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Method:

  • Discard the seeds of dates, grapes, mango, sweet lime & jackfruit and chop all the fruits.
  • Add chopped fruits in a bowl and mash well using masher.
  • Add jaggery & honey and mix well.
  • Serve chilled or at room temperature.

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Please Note: We use larger quantity of bananas than any other fruit, the approximate ratio is 1:1 (ie. bananas : all other fruits)

 

 

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60 Comments Add yours

  1. Such yummy recepies you post😊
    Keep up the great work 👍

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much !

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  2. Savvy Raj says:

    Love how you are bringing out the traditional
    South Indian recipes and presenting its uniqueness with great aurhenticity.Great work Megala :))

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks a lot !

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much !

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  3. danielle says:

    The marriage custom sounds so sweet. Beautiful 🙂 I always learn something new when I read your posts, even if it’s only about all the fruits I never knew existed!

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks a lot for your kind appreciation!

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  4. Nancy says:

    Sounds so wonderful – heavenly … wish I could try it 🙂 beautiful images too… such a feast!

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much!

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  5. Never got a chance to taste the Palani Panchamirtham ,but definitely gonna try this yummy recipe

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    1. Megala says:

      Yes, you would like it! Thank you!

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  6. KathrinS says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’m always interested in learning new things about other people’s cultures.

    Kathrin — http://mycupofenglishtea.wordpress.com

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks for dropping by!

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  7. yummy. I always like this

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  8. Awesone recipe and post Megala…its always so nice to know about cultures and tradition..

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  9. Rema s hari says:

    Superb idea megala to convert the fruits to panchamritham

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks Rema! So happy to see your comment here! 🙂

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  10. Reema says:

    Thanks Megala..!! This is a great option.. With Aadi Maasam going on.. I can make this on one of the fridays. Alongwith Panakam…!! 😉 🙂 😀
    Thank You once again. I am sorry to ask this but can we make them only with bananas? Which are the optional fruits? Also, isn’t Pancha – Amritam supposed to be comprised only of five fruits??
    I know… by now you must have figured out that how lazy i am.. trying to bring down the number of fruits from 9 to 5 and then probably to only bananas 😛 😛

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    1. Megala says:

      Yes, you can very well make it with bananas alone! As far as I am concerned panchamirtham (made with five main ingredients: banana, dates, honey, ghee & jaggery) is used for abishegam mainly in Murugan temples, and in other temples I have seen them making it with as many fruits as they want.
      Here I have chosen the fruits that were used when I was a kid, just to get the glimpse of the tradition (apples, oranges, etc. were not used in those days) !

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      1. Reema says:

        Thank You Megala 🙂

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      2. Megala says:

        Thanks a lot for reading my posts!

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  11. Hi Megala, Thanks for the follow. I am happy to connect with you here.

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    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much !

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  12. I guess everyone will like this, I always admire your picture presentation

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks for your support!

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  13. Christy B says:

    Mmmmm my taste-buds are wanting this one 🙂

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    1. Megala says:

      Love to share this with you! 🙂

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  14. foodzesty says:

    Such lovely Customs 🙂 I really love how you exchange fruits…. Most of my Hindu friends have not told me this. I went to one of my friend’s Hindu wedding and I loved it. I took so many pictures of her and her husband and the wedding just beautiful….. 🙂 Your fruit salad looks delicious!! 🙂

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    1. Megala says:

      Yes, there are so many meaningful rituals, and this is one such, followed in our weddings! If we understand them it will be even more enjoyable! Thanks a lot for reading my posts!

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  15. Scrumptious Recipe Megala… I have tasted this many times. But never tried at home… Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks, please do try as it is easy to make & highly nutritious too !

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  16. Good to know about rituals and traditions along with recipes . Keep it up !

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks for your support!

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  17. Wow, this looks delicious!

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    1. Megala says:

      Yes, thanks!

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  18. We make Panchamritam with different ingredients —- same as what Radhika wrote. This is a welcome new addition. Great recipe 🙂

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    1. Megala says:

      Sounds good! Thank you!

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  19. InspiresN says:

    great combination am sure it tastes divine!

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    1. Megala says:

      Yes, it is really sacred! Thanks Nisha!

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  20. Vidya Narayan says:

    Nice write up. I have recently come back from South trip & in all the temples i have tasted this. Such an awesome feeling.

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    1. Megala says:

      Good that you have tasted it! Thanks !!

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  21. We too make panchamritam but with 5 ingredients namely, milk, curds, banana, honey and ghee.

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    1. Megala says:

      Yes, I heard about it! But ours is just fruit mixture! Thanks Radhika!

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  22. I love the significance of this dish, but I hate bananas!

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    1. Megala says:

      Thanks! 🙂

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  23. Lovely recipe Megala!!!will definitely try !!!

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  24. Interesting background and lovely recipe!

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