January 31, 2019

Panchamritham | Panchamrutham

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Panchaamritha literally translates to Pancha ( 5 in sanskrit) and Amritha ( Nectar in sanskrit).

Panchamritha is a concoction of 5 ingredients mainly ghee (clarified butter, jaggery,honey, banana and dates) . This concoction is offered to the lord and is always one of the main offerings made during any holy occasion or pooja like Satyanarayan Pooja, Ganapathi Havan/Homam etc. Panchamritham is also made and offered on the auspicious days of Ganesha Chaturthi , Sankashti .

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There is a mild difference in the Panchamritha served in Northern India and Southern India.
The one that is offered in North India is slightly liquid in consistency and has more of milk and yogurt along with honey,ghee and some bananas .
The Panchamritham offered in South India , is more like a Jam in consistency and has lots of banana, jaggery,honey, some pitted dates / cashews, ghee and rock candy/ diamond sugar . A pinch of cardamom is added for extra flavor which is purely optional. Some places we can see addition of pomegranate pearls , apple slices also , but all that is purely optional.

In South India , Palani - one of the abodes of Lord Muruga / Karthikeya is known for its Panchamritham being offered as prasadam to all devotees. It is called as Palani Panchamritham .
Panchamritham is one of the main neivedhiyams/ prasad for Ganapathy Homam or any pooja related to Lord Karthikeya.

Today, I am going to explain the recipe for making the South Indian Style Panchamritham.

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : Nil
Mixing Time : 5 mins
Serves : 3-4
Complexity : Simple

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2 ripe bananas
5-6 dates - finely chopped
8-10 cashews - chopped
2 tablespoon honey
1 tsp ghee/ clarified butter
2 tablespoon powdered jaggery
1-2 teaspoon diamond sugar
1/2 tsp cardamom powder - optional


  • In a wide mixing bowl, roughly chop the bananas and slightly mash them using a masher or the back of a spoon.
  • Add the honey, jaggery, ghee , dates and cashews and mix it well with a spoon. The consistency to appear like that of Jam.
  • Add in the cardamom powder and mix it.
  • Lastly add the diamond sugar and lightly mix it. The crunch of the diamond sugar while eating the panchamrit is very tasty ,hence it is to be added in the end.