Panchamrit or Charnamrut is a holy concoction. It is essentially made from five holy ingredients or we can say, panch amrut. Majorly, we use it for Hindu rituals and puja. It tastes sweet and milky with nuts coming in each sip. Here’s how to make it at home in no time!
About This Recipe
There are so many dishes in India, that are made especially for special occasions, be it a festival, a pooja or just a family culture.
This Panchamrut or Panchamrit is one such beverage, that you will mostly find during the rituals and also as a prasadam in several instances.
Made from diverse ingredients, Panchamrut or Panchamrit is one of the most important elements of any rituals performed as per the Hindu way of life. It mainly has five ingredients, that are considered holy.
As per the Sanskrit language, the word, ‘Panch’ means ‘Five’ and ‘Amrit’ means ‘The Elixir Of Gods’.
Furthermore, because it is also bestowed at the feet of deities, it is many times known as Charnamrit as well. Once it is used in abhisheks or pujas, it is offered as prasad to people.
Every region has its own way of making this holy drink. South Indians like to add ripe Bananas or coconut in this as well.
This Panchamrit is,
- Served for Pooja
- Made with just 5 ingredients
- Easy & Quick
- Offered to god during several occasions
Quintessentially speaking, Panchamrit has five main ingredients, yogurt, cow’s milk, honey, tulsi, and ghee.
It is believed that Gods attained immortality after drinking Panchamrut.
Therefore, each ingredient used in it is special and has its own significance. For instance:
Milk – It symbolizes purity. Always cow milk is used to make this drink.
Honey – It grants you sweet and kind speech.
Yogurt – It aids procreation.
Tulsi – It brings you happiness.
Ghee – It marks knowledge.
Apart from these must-have ingredients, dry fruits and roasted makhana are also added to this prasad.
When it comes to dry fruits, I have added Almonds, Cashews, Raisins, and Chironji. If you are offering it to god, you can even add ganga jal in the same.
I have also added coconut flakes, but it is optional just like the dry fruits.
You can read an article in hindi which has more details about Panchamrit here.
Step by Step Recipe
Add all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
Refrigerate for a few hours before serving.
Frequently Asked Questions
Panchamrit Abhishek is a Hindu ritual where the god idols are bathed with this holy drink. It is performed at temples and at homes. Mantras are chanted throughout the process.
It is said that Panchamrit helps in the growth of the unborn baby. It boosts muscle strength, brightens up the mother’s brain, and also helps in increasing the immunity. Thus, it is very essential to include in a pregnant woman’s diet.
It also ensures the formation of breast milk in women.
Though honey is added traditionally you can also go for sugar or jaggery for a variation.
While the 5 ingredients remain the same, South Indians even use sliced bananas and fresh coconut in the same.
In Kerala, some households even add tender coconut water in this prasad, which is also called as Panchakavya.
- ½ litre Raw Cow's milk
- 200 g Cow’s Milk Curd
- 3 tbsp Honey
- 10-12 Tulsi leaves
- 1 tsp Cow’s Milk Ghee
- 10-12 Phool makhane (cut into small pieces)
- 1 tsp Chironji
- 1 tsp Ganga Jal
- 1 tbsp Almonds (Chopped)
- 1 tbsp Cashew Nuts (Chopped)
- 1 tbsp Dry Coconut (Grated)
- 1 tbsp Raisins (Chopped)
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
- Keep refrigerated.