Traditional Recipe ( Naivedyam) for Lord Ram and Lord Ayyappan (Iyappan) – Panakam / Panaka (Summer cooler)
Lord Swami Ayyappan‘s (Iyappan, Ayapan, Sasta, Manikandan, Iyappa ) main naivediyam (offering) is Panakamall that is why he is called Panaka Priyare. This is one of the traditional hindu prasadam prepared for puja. This traditional drink panakam is also main Naivedyam for Rama during Rama Navami/ Ram Navami, radha kalyanam.
The Panakam is also given as prasadam in temples. It is a best summer drink and cools our body.
- Jaggery powder – Half Cup
- Dry Ginger powder / Sukku Powder / shunthi, shunthee – 1 Spoon
- Small Lemon-1
- Elachi/cardamom - 2 nos
- Pachai karpooram/edible camphor - A small pinch (Optional)
- Plain Water-2 cups
- Holy Basil /Thulasi leaves – 5 pcs
1. Add Jagerry powder, dry giner powder, Elachi powder with water
2. Squeeze the Lemon into it.
3. Put the Basil leaves
4. Now Panaka is ready
About Dry Ginger and its is medical Use:
Dry ginger (Dry Ginger powder / Sukku Powder / shunthi, shunthee ) is mainly used in ayurvedic and siddha medicines to heal stomach and throat related problems.
This is the home remedy for cold and cough. It also is a healthy drink for kids.
It aids digestion, burning sensation, burping problems and is also an appetizer.
Assamese:Adasuth, Aadar shuth
English:Ginger root Ginger
Gujrati :Sunth, Sundh, Suntha
Sanskrit:Ardraka, Ausadha, Mahausadha, Visvabhesaja, Srngavera, Visva,Visvausadha
Telugu :Sonthi, SuntiUrdu :Sonth, Zanjabeel