Panaka/Panagam | Indian Limeaide | A Summer Drink

This is a lovely Summer Drink of Indian origin. Panaka is an Indian Limeaide, sweet, tangy and very refreshing.

Similar recipes include Iced Tulsi Tea, Kewra Sherbet, and Mango Lassi.

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Spring in LondonBy the way, the source of this recipe is a set of publications on Hindu Festivals. I was helping to test and proof read the recipes. Panaka is associated with Rama Navami, the birthday of Rama. You can download the sheet for Rama Navami (including the Panaka recipe) and also see the other festival publications here.

It is also possible to use this as Neividyam for Thaipusam.

Panaka, sweet Indian Limeaide

Cuisine: Indian
Prep time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 0 mins
Serves: 4 – 6 people, depending how you use it

0.25 cup jaggery or brown sugar
4 cups water
juice of 1 medium sized lime
1.5 tspn grated fresh ginger
1 tspn ghee (use at room temp, or melt before using)
2 – 3 pinches cardamom powder

Mix all ingredients and serve cold. I recommend making a double batch.

Add a little black pepper if you wish.

Panakam | Summer Drink | Indian | A Life Time of Cooking


35 thoughts on “Panaka/Panagam | Indian Limeaide | A Summer Drink”

  1. I can understand your feelings about speedy moving back and forth between seasons, just to travel by air plane in the same hemisphere, within Europe, makes me feel as if my soul is left behind and need to catch up! And this will be a perfect drink for us when the sun decides to conquer the ever present rain here!

  2. Lovely photos. The drink sounds cool!!Will file it away for summer. About 9C in Hobart today but a lovely blue sky and sunshine. Just back from my yoga class & going to make a chocolate cake now.

  3. This is one of absolute favourites, though we make ours a bit different. Your picture makes it even more delicious. ๐Ÿ™‚
    No lime juice in ours, and twe make this on the last (10th day) of Navrathri celebrations.

  4. Sounds yummy, though I have to admit that the idea of putting ghee in lemonade sounds very weird. It kind of makes sense, considering that fat does enhance flavours in food, but it still feels a bit weird.

  5. HI,
    I really like that picture. Rama Navami is one of my favorite festivals and I really like your drink (sweet Indian Limeaide).

  6. so good! i made it without ghee (vegan) and agave instead of sugar. also, i put a hunk of ginger in the garlic press and squeezed to get all the ginger-juices into it. it really enhanced the flavor.

  7. Panaka looks really refreshing.
    We call this drink:pannah.
    My mom’s version has a pinch of roasted cumin powder instead of ghee and cardamom.
    Thanks for sharing

  8. Mmm this looks devine! What a great way to welcome spring down under, will def be sipping on this as soon as the sun warms up our little part of the world!

    Keep em’ coming, I’d like to see more spring recipe ideas for eating outside!

  9. Coming from Sonia’s twitter update. bookmarked from summer. I have never used gur to make shikhanji, or ghee, or cardamom. If the drink is served chilled, will the ghee solidify and surface on the top?

  10. this is a very cherished drink in our home and it was indeed the first drink i blogged – very delicious glass of Panakkam – The ghee is a new addition – will remember to try that next time – Spring is here full burst as well and beautiful colors surround – cheers, Priya

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