We make panakam on Ram Navami day. Lord Rama's b'day is celebrated as Ram Navami during the month of April(panguni in Tamil) on punar poosam nakshatra on the ninth day after amavasya(ammavasai). In South, panakam, neer more and cucumber salad with moong dal(kosmalli) are prepared and offered to god as neivedyam.
The dry ginger powder added to it gives it a nice spicy touch. Its also very easy to make.
I just love this drink.My mother made this on Ram Navami day this friday which I am documenting here.
Jaggery: 200gms Water: 600 litres Dry ginger powder(chukku podi in Tamil): 1 tbsp Elaichi: 10 (crushed) Juice of half lemon
1. Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl. Stir for sometime so that the jaggery dissolves in water. 2. Serve once the jaggery completely dissolves.
It can be refrigerated and had cold.