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