March 14, 2017

Paanakam| Paanagam - Traditional Indian Cooler (Ramanavami Recipes)

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Paanakam /Panagam is a summer cooler made using jaggery,ginger powder ,lemon and cardamom powder. Its a power packed energy and health drink that prevent us from the scorching summer sun and keep the body well hydrated and maintains the body temperature.
Most of the summer festivals in Tamil Nadu serve Paanakam as prasadam in the temples as well as are offered to the Lord at homes as well.

Ramanavmi and Narsimha Jayanthy are the two main summer festivals where in Paanakam is a main offering to the Lord.

This post includes step by step video to make Panagam.

Ramanavmi is celebrated to rejoice the birth of Lord Rama ,the 7th avatar/incarnation of Lord Vishnu . The festival normally falls in the Gregorian Month of March or April every year . As per Indian Calender it is celebrated on the 9th Day of the Chaitra Shukla Paksha (9th day after Amavasya).
Devotees chant verses from Ramayana or sing hymns/bhajans in praise of the Lord and offer prasad and Arati towards the end of the Pooja Rituals.
This year Ramanavmi falls on April 5th 2017 

Narsimha Jayanty is celebrated to rejoice the 4th Incarnation of Lord Vishnu on the 14th day of Vaisakha Shukla Month (14th day after Amavasya); Generally it is in the Gregorian Month of May.
Lord Narasimha incarnated as Half Man and Half Lion to save Prahlada- an ardent devotee of the Lord Vishnu from his Demonic Father Hrinyakashyapu.It is believed that the lord incarnated at the time when the Sun was about to set and the Moon was to rise called as Andhi Sandhi Time .Hence the festival is also celebrated at that time of the day .Devotees observe fast the whole day and immerse in the activities like singing bhajans,doing some kind of charity work and finally break their fast after offering Pooja,Prasad and Arati to the Lord.
This year Narsimha Jayanthy falls on 9th May 2017

Prasadam for both the festivals is incomplete without the Paanakam along with Neer Mor (Spiced Buttermilk), Vellarikai Kosamri / Cucumber Salad and some sweet like Payasam,Sakkarai Pongal or Sheera.

Preparation Time : 5mins
Cooking Time : Nil
Serves  : 2-3 glasses ( 300 ml approx)
Complexity : Simple

1 cup powdered jaggery (160-180 gms)
1.5 cups water (1 cup is 200 ml approx)
1 teaspoon dry ginger powder/chukku podi/shunt powder
2-3 cardamoms/elaichi/elakka powdered
pinch of edible camphor/pacchai karpooram
2-3 teaspoons lime juice
few strands of saffron/kesar/kungumapoo

  • Soak the jaggery in 1.5 cups of water and let the jaggery melt .
  • Stir it well and filter it to remove any form of impurities.
  • Now add the ginger powder,cardamom powder,edible camphor,saffron strands and stir well.
  • Lastly add the lemon juice mix well and serve it chilled or as is.


  1. This is so so good Priya! I always wondered how'd one make Panakamm at home, this recipe is a keeper!

    1. Glad this post helped you! Do make and enjoy !


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