Paanak or Paanakam is a Jaggery - Pepper based drink which is prepared widely on the auspicious occasion of Rama Navami i.e. birthday of Lord Ram.

I had not noticed this tradition earlier, but later when I moved to Bangalore, for the first time, on the eve of Rama Navami I tasted this drink along with Chitranna and became a fan of this refreshing,healthy and delicious drink.

Apart from such a religious day, I prepare this drink very often at home, as for me its better than any soda, canned juice or any other beverage.
These days I prefer this drink over any drink to quench my thirst. Often, I will prepare this drink,bottle it up and refrigerate it. It lasts for 3 days.
Because of the jaggery,lime and ginger flavor in the even tastes like sugarcane juice :)

Well, try it ,all the people who are novice to this soothing drink and  enjoy during hot summer days!!

Paanak, Paanakam


  • 4 Cups of Water
  • 7 Cubes of Jaggery, grated
  • 1 & 1/2 Tbsp Black Pepper Powder
  • Juice of 2 Limes
  • 1 Tbsp Dry Ginger Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Grated Ginger
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 Tsp Dry Mango Powder

  • In a vessel, add water. Add all ingredients mentioned.
  • Stir well till all the ingredients are mixed well. 
  • Check for the taste and jaggery as per your taste.
  • Let it refrigerate for an hour. 
  • Strain the drink with tea strainer or just use as it is, fill in bottle and refrigerate.
  • When serving, pour in a cup and optionally add ice cubes and serve chilled.

  • Optionally add a tsp of Cardamom powder and JalJeera Powder to enhance taste.

Enjoy Drinking!! :)



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