Panchamrut (Panchamrit, Charnamrut) is a traditional ayurvedic concoction made for Hindu poojas and religious rituals. It is made using 5 ingredients (Paanch Amrut) and is considered holy and sacred. Here is how to make it.
About This Recipe
Panchamrut, also called Panchimrit or Charnamrut is a beverage made especially for Hindu poojas, auspicious occasions, and religious rituals. It is a Sanskrit word where Panch’ means ‘Five’ and ‘Amrit’ means ‘The Nectar Of Gods’.
Panchamrit is made using 5 main ingredients which when combined in the right quantity enhance the quality of each other.
This beverage is considered holy and sacred and is used for all Hindu puja, especially for the Abhishek of Hindu gods. After the pooja commences, it is distributed among all the people attending as prasad.
Panchamrut has lots of health benefits and medicinal values. Regular consumption of panchamrut nurtures and heals the body, improves mental health, and increases immunity.
It is also known as the brain tonic and helps in the growth of the brain, increases creative abilities, and also helps in physical growth.
It nourishes the skin and keeps hair healthy and black. Panchamrut aids a smoother pregnancy as well. It is also said to aid sexual potency.
This panchamrut recipe can be easily doubled or tripled as per your requirement. Make sure to stick to the proportions.
Panchamrut has five main ingredients, yogurt (dahi), milk, honey, tulsi (Indian holy basil), and ghee.
Note – I see many panchamrit recipes floating around with sugar as one of the 5 essential ingredients of panchamrut. But sugar was never a part of it. Humans learned to make sugar much later than the Panchmrut recipe.
It is believed that the gods attained immortality after drinking Panchamrut. Therefore, each ingredient used in it is special and has its own significance.
The ingredients are mixed and served in a silver or a bronze vessel as these metals are also considered good for health.
Milk – It symbolizes purity. Cow milk is used to make it. Do not boil the milk for making panchamrut.
Honey – It grants a sweet and kind speech.
Yogurt (Dahi, Curd) – It aids procreation. Use yogurt made using cow’s milk.
Tulsi (Indian Holy Basil) – It brings happiness.
Ghee – It marks knowledge. Use ghee made using cow’s milk.
Apart from these must-have ingredients, nuts are also added to it for a nice texture. I have added almonds, cashew nuts, chironji, but you can add any nut that you like. I also add raisins and shredded dry coconut to my charnamrut.
Ganga jal is added to it to purify it. You will get a bottle of Ganga jal at any Indian grocery or pooja store.
In South India, people add chopped ripe bananas and chopped fresh coconut to their recipes. In Kerala, some households add tender coconut water to this prasad, which is also called Panchakavya.
How To Make Panchamrut
Add ½ liter cow’s milk, 200 g cow’s milk yogurt, 3 tablespoon honey, 10-12 tulsi leaves (roughly torn), 1 teaspoon cow’s milk ghee, 10-12 chopped makhana, 1 teaspoon chironji, 1 tablespoon chopped almonds, 1 tablespoon chopped cashew nuts, 1 tablespoon shredded dry coconut, 1 tablespoon chopped raisins and 1 teaspoon Ganga jal to a bowl and mix well.
Tip – I used a glass bowl but a silver or a bronze bowl is a better choice.
Refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving. Pour in small bowls or glasses and serve.
Frequently Asked Questions
Panchamrut Abhishek is a Hindu ritual where the god idols are bathed with panchamrut. It is performed at temples and at homes. Mantras are chanted throughout the process and once the pooja commences, the charnamrut is distributed as prasad.
It is said that Panchamrut helps in the growth of the unborn baby. It boosts muscle strength, brightens up the mother’s brain, and also helps in increasing immunity. 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.
Since the milk is not boiled to make it, the shelf life of pancahmrit is very less. Finish it within a day of making it.
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Panchamrut Recipe (Panchamrit, Charnamrut)
- ½ litre cow milk (do not boil the milk)
- 200 grams cow milk plain yogurt (dahi)
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 10-12 Indian holy basil (tulsi) (torn into small pieces)
- 1 teaspoon cow milk ghee
- 10-12 foxnuts (makhana) (cut into small pieces)
- 1 teaspoon chironji
- 1 tablespoon chopped almonds
- 1 tablespoon chopped cashew nuts
- 1 tablespoon shredded dry coconut
- 1 tablespoon chopped raisins
- 1 teaspoon Ganga jal
- Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Try to use a silver or a bronze bowl to mix the ingredients for the best result.
- Refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving.
- Pour in small bowls or glasses and serve.