Panchamrit is a traditional Hindu prasad recipe. It is a nourishing pious drink, also known as the nectar of Gods. I am sharing an easy and tasty Panchamrut recipe for puja.
Panchamarit is a Sanskrit word. It is made by combining two words, Pancha + Amrit = Panchamrit. The word pancha means five ingredients and amrit is for the nectar of God. It is also known as Panchamrut or Charnamrit.
Charnamrut is a gluten-free, no-cook prasad, that is very easy to prepare. It takes less than 20 minutes to make it from scratch.
Panchamrit is mainly prepared with only 5 key ingredients.
- Milk: Use unpasteurized or raw cow milk. Do not boil the milk or add used/leftover milk.
- Curd: Add clean, unused curd made with cow milk. It aids procreation.
- Honey: Try to use organic honey. You can substitute honey with jaggery, or mishri.
- Ghee: Use pure, organic cow ghee. Do not add butter.
- Tulsi: Add only Holy Indian Basil Leaves. Many people do not add tulsi leaves while making it for Ganpati Puja or Janmashtmi.
Ganga Jal: It is added to purify the panchamrit. You can buy a bottle of Ganga Jal at any Indian grocery or pooja store.
I am sharing below a few optional ingredients for garnish to make this panchamrit recipe even more delicious and nourishing.
Nuts: You can add sliced unsalted pistachio, almonds, cashews or foxnuts to the panchamrit.
In South India, people add ripe bananas and fresh coconut to their panchamrit recipes. In Kerala, some households add tender coconut water to this prasad, which is also called Panchakavya.
Fresh, edible, and pesticide-free rose petals or chironji.
How To Make Panchamrit
Step 1: Take a clean silver, bronze or steel bowl.
Step 2: Add cow milk, curd, ghee, honey, tusli leaves, and Ganga Jal. Mix with a clean spoon.
Step 3: Now for garnishing add finely sliced nuts, chironji, banana, or rose petals.
Step 4: Mix one last time. Panchamrit is ready! Refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving.
How To Serve Panchamrit
For every Hindu puja or festival, Panchamrit is prepared as a prasad. It is first offered to the deity, hence while making do not taste it and keep it in a clean silver, bronze, steel or mud vessel.
After the puja ritual, it is distributed among the people in small quantities like a teaspoon as a Nectar of God or amrit.
It is freshly made a few hours before the puja in a small quantity to avoid wastage. Make sure not to throw it away.
My Tried and True Tips
Panchamrut or any other kind of offering to the deity should be pure. Use clean, and fresh ingredients for this panchamrit recipe.
The Panchamrut ingredients are mixed and served in a silver vessel as it is considered good for health and does not react with dairy products. You can use a clay or mud vessel also for mixing charnamrut.
Do not combine milk, curd, and honey in equal amounts as it is very harmful to health.
Panchamrit should always be made in small quantities, that can be consumed entirely after the puja. It should not be stored.
The shelf life of panchamrut is not more than 3 – 4 hours. Hence, make it a few hours before the puja.
For a tasty and healthy charnamrit, it is best to follow the precise ingredient measurements mentioned in the panchamrit recipe.
Nowadays many panchamrit recipes suggest adding white granulated sugar as a sweetener. Please note, that white sugar is a highly processed ingredient. Substitute it with mishri, jaggery, coconut sugar or honey.
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- Steel or Silver Mixing Bowl
- ½ Cup unpastuerized cow milk
- 2 tablespoon curd (dahi)
- 2 teaspoon Organic honey
- 1 teaspoon ghee
- 1 teaspoon Ganga Jal
- 4 – 5 Tulsi leaves
Ingredients For Garnish
- 1 tablespoon chopped foxnut
- 1 tablespoon diced ripe banana
- 1 teaspoon sliced almonds
- 1 teaspoon sliced unsalted pistachio
- ½ teaspoon chironji (charoli)
- Take a clean silver, bronze or steel bowl.
- Add cow milk, curd, ghee, honey, tusli leaves, and Ganga Jal. Mix with a clean spoon.
- Now for garnishing add finely sliced nuts, chironji, banana, or rose petals.
- Mix one last time. Panchamrit is ready! Refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving.
- Traditionally Panchamrit is prepared in a silver or bronze vessel. You can use a clean stainless steel or mud vessel also.
- Do not combine ghee, and honey in equal amounts. It is harmful to health.
- Do not taste Panchamrit while making or before serving as prasad.