Wednesday 17 April 2013


Paanagam is a special beverage made on auspicious days like Sri Rama Navami and for Amman as nivedhyam. Back in my native place (Nagapattinam – Thanjavur district), paanagam, neermore and rice kanji is made during the “Theru Thiruvizha” (Chariot Festival) which falls during the month of May and also during August (Aadi). This thiruvizha is really fun, there will be lots of folk and traditional dances like the oyil attam, mayil attam, garagattam etc. We need more than two eyes to see everything and enjoy at the same time. Paanagam, Neermore and Rice kanji are all  made in big barrels and distributed by volunteers to all devotees and to people pulling the “Theru”. The “Theru” starts from the main temple early morning and goes around the town (4 mada vidhi’s) and comes back to “Theradi” by late noon. All along the way, paanagam and neermore is given to public to boost energy to pull the Theru [chariot].

I still remember those days as a kid running along with the “Theru” and drinking paanagam and neermor with my brothers and sister. The paangam is a superb instant energy booster that can be had in any other day and also it helps to cool your body during the hot summer days.

Now coming back to paanagam, let’s see how it’s made …


½ cup
2 cup
Dry ginger powder/Sukku powder
¼ tsp
2 crushed
One pinch
Cooking camphor/pacchkarpooram
One small pinch
Lemon juice
1 tbsp


Grate or powder the jaggery and transfer it to a bowl. Add cardamoms, salt, dry ginger powder and mix well. Finally add the water and lemon juice and give and very good stir.

When you are serving as nivedhyam to Perumal or Sri Ramar add two or three thulasi leaves and for Amman add some neem leaves.

In other days you can add a slice of lemon as garnishing for Paanagam.

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  1. wonderful recipe and healthy even :)

  2. ஏலக்காய் மணத்துடன் பானகம் வெகு ஜோர். உடனடியாக ஒரு சொம்பு நிறைய பானகம் ஜில்லுன்னு அனுப்புங்கோ. ;)

  3. Refreshing drink.. Love the presentation

  4. Lovely paanagam dear.. Ur first paragraph took me to my childhood days too
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  5. wow! never heard about this to me . thanks for sharing!

  6. Ok, I have to admit that this is new. I looked through the ingredients and then the pictures. Sounds perfect with the flavors of lemon juice and the rest. Ought to, should and must be made.

  7. An absolute relief to the burning summer heat Priya :-)

  8. very lovely n traditional paanagama... lovely dear... Thanks for linking to my event...

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  10. Very healthy drink for the summer

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  12. Delecious panagam dear, and looks soo divine too. Thanks for the link up :)

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  14. looks delicious... so authentic and so delicious... Thanks for sending this yummy recipe to my event.. Looking for more yummy recipes...

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