Friday April 19th 2013 is Sree Rama Navami. Rama Navami comes during summer, and it is customary to prepare Panaka, Majjige and Kosambari and distribute the same. Also, the panaka, Majjige and Kosambari have cooling effect as well, which is required due to the intense heat in Summer.
I have posted below two common Panaka recipes we prepare and distribute on Rama Navami day. I don’t have any pictures for these yet.
ಬೇಲದ ಹಣ್ಣಿನ ಪಾನಕ – Wood Apple Juice
This is the most common panaka made during Rama Navami. Remove the outer covering of the ಬೇಲದ ಹಣ್ಣು. Remove the ತಿರುಳು and add some water, let it soak in the water for sometime. Once the ತಿರುಳು is completely soaked, squeeze it just like you squeeze tamarind and get all the juice. Add enough water. Based on how much sweetness you want, mix jaggery or brown sugar. Finally, add crushed cardamom. Chill and serve.
ನಿಂಬೆ ಹಣ್ಣಿನ ಪಾನಕ – Lemon Juice
This is again the same recipe we all use to make lemon juice. Squeeze lemon juice. Add enough water. Add a pinch of salt, crushed cardamom and replace sugar with Jaggery or Brown sugar.
I haven’t seen Wood Apple in the US, have you?
If you want to know more about ಬೇಲದ ಹಣ್ಣು or Wood Apple read this link:
P.S: If you have any recipes, please share and I will post it here. 🙂