One of the simplest age old lemonade version is “panakam” which means sweet liquid in Sanskrit. This is the traditional offering on Rama Navami day along with Neer mooru ( watery butter milk) and Kosumbari ( a simple lentil salad).
Often I wonder ,
Why such a minimal offering for a celebrated god in the Hindu mythology?
Most of the other gods have elaborate preparations for their birthday. This may be because Rama is portrayed as the epitome of virtues. He is said to have lived a simple life though being the efficient son of a king.
In my opinion,the summer months are tough on the digestive system to be loaded with sweets and savories which are fried. This, calls for thirst quenchers. The digestive system is in a stage of lethargy as per Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine system). To revive the taste buds and to reactivate at this tropical heat liquid diet is preferred. The ingredients of the panakam are perfect for the same.
Looking at the ingredients, with no added chemicals or processed sugars this simple preparation is iron rich, sweet and flavored with ginger it’s a lovely drink to make too. The jaggery or concentrated sugarcane juice used as the sweetener. It does not undergo any chemical processing. It contains iron, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium providing the minerals which leach out due to excessive sweating. Dry ginger is an astringent with anti-oxidant properties. The lemon with its natural Vitamin C content and being a popular summer coolant.
Without further ado, lets make this simple energy drink this festival and continue with it throughout this summer, than all the store bought ones.
Check out some more cool drink recipes for the summer in the drinks section.
Also, look for other festival recipes for Ram Navami celebrations.