Extinct'. A death knell so loud, that I had to vent about it immediately!
The Hindu festival 'Ram navami' is celebrated in the month of April all over India. One of the traditional festive offerings in South Indian temples & households for this event is 'panakam', a refreshing punch like drink made with ginger, gud (jaggery) and lime & flavored with cardamom. A time honored tradition kept alive for the past 3000+ (yes, three thousand) years.
Ideally I should have thought about posting this delicious refreshing beverage in the height of summer, but hey... summer or fall, it makes for a great drink.The recipe varies from household to household, but the taste is singularly delicious.
Disclaimer: I have taken some creative liberties with the basic recipe ( marked with a *), but these substitutions do not deviate from the flavor profile significantly.
3-4 tsp brown sugar* or Gud/jaggery (available in Indian Stores)
1 tsp powdered dry ginger
2-3 pods cardamom seeds crushed
Juice of 1/2 a lime
water as required
2 oz water + lime flavored seltzer water as required*
Heat the brown sugar (or gud) and 2 oz water in a microwave for about 30 s till dissolved. add powdered ginger and crushed cardamom & steep for about 5- 10 min. Squeeze the juice of 1/2 a lime in a tall glass filled with ice cubes and strain the syrup into the glass.Add the remaining water or seltzer as preferred. Garnish with a slice of lime. Stir & serve chilled.
(For The boozy version follow this link or this one from Monica Bhide's website. )