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 renowned 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:

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 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 :


  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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  • 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 prefer to use larger quantity of bananas than any other fruit, the approximate ratio is 1:1 (ie. bananas : all other fruits)


62 Comments Add yours

  1. ponnykarthyka says:

    very nice whenever i am going to temble i got panchammerutham i remvember i taste the panchammerutham ice when i am at 10 years old now i missed it now there is no panchammerutha ice i think if you know please try it

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you for stopping by! Btw I have never heard of panchamirtham ice, but will try for sure!

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

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much !

      1. You’re welcome

  3. Savvy Raj says:

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

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks a lot !

  4. This is beyond excellent 👍

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much !

  5. Very nyc 👌

    1. Megala says:


  6. 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!

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks a lot for your kind appreciation!

  7. Delicious recipe.

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you!

  8. Nancy says:

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

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much!

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

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, you would like it! Thank you!

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