Panagam (Indian Ginger and Lime Drink)

  • Serves

    makes 2 Cups

  • Cook

    10 minutes


Amber-hued panagam is South India's armor against the ruthless summer sun. Made from jaggery, lime juice, cardamom, and ground ginger, it extinguishes thirst quickly and thoroughly. The drink is often served on the holy days of Rama Navmi and Narasimha Jayanti, spring Hindu festivals which fall in April or May.

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What You Will Need


  • 3 tbsp. (½ oz.) grated jaggery
  • 12 tsp. powdered ginger
  • 14 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice


Step 1

In a medium bowl, whisk the the jaggery, ginger, cardamom and ½ cup of boiling water until the jaggery is completely dissolved.

Step 2

Set a fine mesh strainer over a medium pitcher and strain the mixture, discarding any solids. Add 1½ cups cold water and the lime juice and transfer to the fridge to chill well before serving.

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