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.

There is a milk 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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