Panchamrutham from Palani
Palani the temple abode and one of the six famous among the ones for Lord Muruga, in India. One of the most famous offering at this temple is , of course the Panchamritham which is use for Abhishekam ( ritual bathing of the idol). The Panchamrutham recipe from Palani was perhaps the most sought after during our childhood. My maternal grandfather too had a secret stack of this as he was a stunch believer. Yet for his own temple and pooja functions he used his own recipe which was near perfect. So this one is is based on his Panchamrutham recipe.
Panchamrutham is one of the easiest naivedyam or offering recipe you could prepare on a busy festival day. With Thai poosam nearing, perhaps these memories prompted me to bring back his memories and this lovely recipe.This recipe calls for five sweet elements you find in most Indian houses – Banana, dates,raisins, honey and jaggery. So gather up your ingredients and lets start cooking…
Panchamrutham - Pazhani style
- 2 nos Banana yellow long variety
- 5-7 nos Dates Mejool
- 3 tbsp raisins golden
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp jaggery grated
- 1 tsp rock candy squares
- 3-4 pods cardamom
- 1 tsp ghee
- rosewater sprinkling, optional
- Peel the banana
- Pit and crush the dates
- Add the banana, dates, honey and jaggery into a mixing bowl
- Heat the Ghee and roast the raisins on a gentle flame. you can avoid this and add them directly too
- Add this into the mixing bowl.
- Mash all the ingredients together , the amount you mash depends on how much soft you like it.
- Peel the cardamom pods and extract the seeds. Crush the seeds into a powder.
- Sprinkle this on the mashed mix, sprinkle rose water if you please
- Enjoy a divine moment