My recent trip to Vijayawada let me try this sweet and spicy drink of Telangana called Panakkam. This is an offering to God common in South India. The drink derives its name from the temple near Viajawada named Manglagiri Temple where sits Lord Laxmi Narasimha Panakala Swamy who is offered this drink.

Across the South India, people drink this sweet and peppery drink with ‘moong dal’ which is a natural substitute of Oral Re-hydration Solution for the heavy summers in this states. Assigning a distinctive mark to the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, Panakkam is drank during this puja days after whole day of fasting.


  • Black peppercorns 1 tsp
  • Green cardamom powder 1 tsp
  • Dry ginger powder 1 tsp
  • Jaggery/ Brown sugar ¼ cup
  • Lemon juice 1 tbsp
  • Water 2  cups
  • Saunf/ Fennel seeds 1 tsp


Crushed or powder jaggery and soak in 1 1/2 cup of drinking water for 30 minutes. Dissolve completely and strain the impurities using a fine cloth or strainer.

Heat 1/2 cup of water in a kettle, add the spices (first three ingredients) and strain the same.

Mix all the ingredients together.

Chill and serve with moong dal salad (vadapappu)


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