Ayurvedic Lemonade

Panakam is a traditional ayurvedic lemonade offered as neivedyam to deities at home on the day of Sashti Viratham (fasting) 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 usually observed on the Sashti thithi of every month and is also observed for seven consecutive days in the month of Iyppasi after Deepavali.

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Panakam

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.

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Sashti Viratham

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 :

Panakam Recipe:

Time Taken: 5 min

Yields: 300 ml

Ingredients:

Ingredients:

  1. Lemon – 1 No.
  2. Powdered 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
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Panakam Ingredients

Ayurvedic Lemonade Preparation:

  • 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.

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  1. 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

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

  3. All the ingredients used are good for helath specially dried ginger

  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. Yes, it is really refreshing & tastes so divine that can not be expressed by words! Please do try and let me know! 🙂
      Btw, thanks for stopping by!

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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  8. So wonderful megala as always i do ekadashi fasting but i used coconut water to break fast this time on 4th of july i used your recipe to break my fast i felt so good hydrated wonderful 🙂

  9. Your recipes always make my mouth water, I can honestly say this. Looks. So. Amazingly. Good!!! Yummmm!!!

  10. I just love seeing your posts. It just amazes me how much different cultures can eat so uniquely! I would love visiting different places just to taste the food that looks so wonderful!

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