Rama navami is a Hindu festival,celebrating the birth of Lord Ram.It falls in the month march mostly and special poojas and prayers are held everywhere.The most common prasad offered to Lord Ram on this day are panakam(jaggery drink) ,neer mor(spiced buttermilk) and kosambari(salad with moong dal).These recipes are prepared for Rama navami because it comes in summer and these drinks keeps the body cool and refreshing a midst the intense heat.My mom prepares panakam and neer mor every year not only for ramanavami but also for tamil new year and for other bhajans or poojas held in our house.It is really very cool and soothing for our tummy.The recipe is very simple and is as follows.
Preparation time:10 mins
Purified water-2 cups+ 1/2 cup(for jaggery)
Cardamom powder-1 tsp
Dry ginger powder-1 pinch
Pepper powder-1 pinch
Lemon juice -from 1/2 lemon(optional)
1.Heat jaggery in half cup of water till it dissolves.
2.Switch off the flame and filter the jaggery mixture and add it to the 2 cups of water in a vessel .
3.Add the cardamom powder,pepper powder,dry ginger powder to it.Squeeze lemon juice out of half a lemon and add it to the jaggery drink.Panakam is now ready to be served.Add the cardamom peels to the panakam for additional flavor.
For neer mor:
Preparation time-10 mins
3. Heat oil in a pan and add the tempering ingredients to it and once the mustard splutters , add it to the buttermilk. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve chill.
Panakam and neer mor are ready.
*The leaf in panakam is thulasi(holy basil) as we put a little before offering it to god.
*You can avoid lemon in panakam if you wish.