Traditional Panakam Recipe

A special brew made during Rama Navami festival prepared with jaggery, cardamom, ginger, lemon and tulsi

Swathy Nandhini
Traditional Panakam Recipe
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Panakam is a traditional healthy drink given in temples and prepared mostly during Sri Rama Navami. It smells and tastes divinely and also a perfect thirst quencher during summer. We use to prepare Traditional Panakam Recipe at home during our car festival/chariot festival (Theru) in our native.

It is flavored with some spices and basil leaves are added. During traditional South Indian weddings in many places, the panakam is served to the guests as the first thing before the ritual commence.

Serve Traditional Panakam Recipe during hot afternoons or during tea time.

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Cuisine: Indian
Course: Appetizer
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

5 M

Cooks in

10 M

Total in

15 M


3 Servings


  • 3 cups Water , (chilled preferably)
  • 1/2 cup Jaggery , powdered
  • 6 Whole Black Peppercorns
  • 2 Cardamom (Elaichi) Pods/Seeds , pounded
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 1/2 Lemon , squeezed
  • Tulsi (holy basil) , to garnish

How to make Traditional Panakam Recipe

  1. To begin making the Traditional Panakam Recipe, take water in a bowl, add powdered jaggery to the water and mix until it dissolves.

  2. Add washed ginger, pepper seeds and cardamom to a mortar. Crush everything coarsely using a pestle and add it to the jaggery water.

  3. Squeeze juice of half lemon to the jaggery water. Stir well and filter using a strainer. 

  4. Add basil leaves and serve the Traditional Panakam Recipe chilled. Serve Traditional Panakam Recipe during hot afternoons or during tea time.

Traditional Panakam Recipe is part of the Recipe Contest: Lost Recipes From Ancestral Kitchens