Panakam is cooling traditional summer drink made in South India during Ram Navami, and is super easy to make. Holy basil leaves are used as a garnish as an auspicious symbol.
Panakm is a blend of jaggery, ginger powder, cardamom powder, pepper, and edible camphor. A dash of lemon makes it all the more delicious. A versatile drink that can be adjusted to suit your taste, is more like a prasadam during prayers of Ram Navami.
First time when I had it at a friend’s place I thought Panakam is like the panchamrit ( a mix of five pure ingredients ) that is made in poojas in North India. Actually, I took it in my folded hands and had it as we receive panchamrit
It tastes better when served chilled and the holy basil gives a beautiful fragrance along with the camphor. Looking at its composition, all the ingredients have cooling as
A very simple humble drink is great to offer to guests during summers as it is a unique composition, very rare and unheard by many.