Panchamirtham, the Sacred Fruit Salad

Panchamirtham is the sacred fruit salad offered as naivedyam to deities at home, and also used for abishegam (bathing deities) in Hindu temples across Tamilnadu. The most renowned Palani panchamirtham is prepared using unique bananas that are exclusively grown near Palani hills. It is offered to the Lord Murugan in Palani temple and also to devotees as prasadam. You can check out this video to see how panchamirtham abishegam is performed to the deity in a temple.

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Panchamirtham

It is a Hindu marriage custom that the parents of the bride & groom exchange fruits during engagement as a token of acceptance. So we used to have loads of fruits during every marriage ceremony held in our family. Generally, we distribute them to our relatives & neighbours. We also feed them to cows or elephants in temples. Finally, my aunt prepares an extremely palatable fruit salad with leftover fruits.

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My mother also prepares panchamirtham for Vinayaka Chathurthi using wood apples (vilampazham). You can also refer to my other recipes for Pillaiyar Chathurthi festival here. Nowadays nutritionists recommend to take salads with seasonal fruits, and panchamirtham is a traditional fruit salad using native fruits that helps to meet our daily requirement of vitamins & minerals. Now the recipe for traditional fruit salad :

Panchamirtham Recipe:

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Panchamirtham

Ingredients:

  • Red banana (sevvazhai pazham) – 1 No.
  • Native banana (nattu vazhaipazham) – 1 No
  • Hill banana (Malai vazhaipazham) – 2 Nos.
  • Small banana (Poovan pazham) – 2 Nos.
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Different varieties of banana
  • Mango – 1 No.
  • Pomegranate – 1 No.
  • Sweet lime (mosambi) – 1 No.
  • Guava (koiya pazham) – 2 Nos.
  • Dates – 9 Nos.
  • Grapes – 12 Nos.
  • Jackfruit – 3 bulbs
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Native fruits
  • Cane jaggery (nattu sarkkarai) – ΒΌ cup (optional)
  • Honey – Β½ tbsp
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Nattu sarkarai & honey

How to prepare panchamirtham:

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

  • We prefer to use larger quantity of bananas while making this sacred fruit salad, and we use bananas & all other fruits in the ratio of 1:1.
  • I have prepared panchamirtham with the native fruits, but you may use even exotic fruits also.

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  1. 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

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

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

  4. Sounds so wonderful – heavenly … wish I could try it πŸ™‚ beautiful images too… such a feast!

  5. Thanks Megala..!! This is a great option.. With Aadi Maasam going on.. I can make this on one of the fridays. Alongwith Panakam…!! πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€
    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 πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

    1. 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) !

  6. Such lovely Customs πŸ™‚ 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….. πŸ™‚ Your fruit salad looks delicious!! πŸ™‚

    1. 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!

  7. We make Panchamritam with different ingredients —- same as what Radhika wrote. This is a welcome new addition. Great recipe πŸ™‚

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