How to make Pannagam -

A delicious jaggery drink with a touch of ginger and lemon.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : jaggery, Dry Ginger (सूखी अदरक)

Cuisine : Tamil Nadu

Course : Beverages

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The highly developed and sensitive palates of the Tamilians are well chronicled in the Sangam classics. They believe that food should ideally cater to all the six tastes - bitter, pungent, sweet, salty, sour and astringent.
Tamil Nadu has a wide variety of delicious food both for the vegetarians as well as the non-vegetarians, though most of it is made of grains, lentils, rice and vegetables. Spices are added to give a distinctive taste. Rice has been the staple diet of the Tamilians, an inculcated habit, due to the large-scale cultivation of the crop in the state.
Chettinad cuisine, a speciality in Tamil Nadu, is famous for its hot and spicy non-vegetarian food.   A part of the Mudaliar community is non-vegetarians and its cuisine is delightfully spicy without being too hot. Wet masalas are generally used, the main ingredients being fresh coconut paste and ground ginger-garlic.

Prep Time : 26-30 minutes

Cook time : 0-5 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Pannagam Recipe

  • jaggery grated 1 1/2 cups

  • Dry Ginger 1/2 inch piece

  • Green cardamoms 2

  • Sugar 1 tablespoon

  • Lemon juice 1 1/2 tablespoons

  • Salt a pinch

  • Fresh basil leaves 6-8 + for garnishing

  • Ice cubes crushed as required

  • Lemon cut into wedges for garnish


Step 1

Soak jaggery in one cup of water for about ten to fifteen minutes. Stir jaggery till it dissolves and strain carefully to remove any dirt. Pound dry ginger and green cardamoms with sugar to a fine powder. Sieve and keep.

Step 2

Mix lemon juice, ginger-cardamom powder and salt with the dissolved jaggery. Shred fresh basil leaves finely and add to jaggery mixture.

Step 3

Stir well and leave to infuse for about ten to fifteen minutes. Strain and pour over crushed ice packed in tall glasses, garnish with a lemon wedge and a sprig of fresh basil. Serve immediately.

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