Saturday, April 08, 2006

Traditional thirst quenchers

Every region has its traditional thirst quenchers, right? For example, in and around New Delhi, thandaai and shikanji are favourites during the summer months. Similarly, in Tamilnadu, our favourite thirst quenchers are neer more and paanagam. In fact, starting with Rama Navami, these are even offered to God during the festivals and pujas that occur during the peak summer months.

Paanagam is diluted jaggery syrup spiced with dry ginger, cardamom and clove powders, and topped with lemon juice. Neer more is buttermilk, with a dash of ground green chillies and ginger and garnished with finely chopped coriander and curry leaves.

You can vary the ingredients according to your taste. Try making them at home. Jugs of these will vanish in a jiffy!

4 comments:

Shrilatha Puthi said...

back at home they used to make this kind of drinks at mid-afternoons. In South Canara (coastal region of Karnataka) they grind grains like green-gram and raagi (i dunno what it's called in English) with jaggery to make drinks; and trust me, they make lot more better drinks than colas n pepsis...

one more such drink is jeera-coffee, instead of coffee-powder put jeera-powder and u'll get jeera-coffee (it'll taske better if u use jaggery instead of sugar)and jeera is very good for health.

It struck to me after reading ur post that having paanakam on Ramanavami day has this sientific significance! As it falls on summer days, it's better to consume more liquids, so they started offering paanakam to Rama also...

balakumar said...

right drink for the right season ... only natural flavour :) very C-O-O-L!!

balakumar said...

--update --

when i look at the paanakam, i am feeling like i am in my native karaikudi... :)

David said...

Well what about Tender coconut.... and our own country style todi