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Panagam (South Indian Soda)

Panagam is a drink made in South Indian homes on Sri Rama Navami (is observed as per Tamil calendar in the beginning of April). Summer season begins in India from April. Being a molecular biologist, I want share the significance of this dish and the reason why it is served for this festival. It is made with a mixture of jaggery, ginger and cardamom. It has all the ingredients present in rehydration solution. Jaggery used in panagam is a natural sweetener  made from sugar cane molasses. It is not processed like sugar so it contains iron, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. Ginger and cardamom has properties to aid digestion. 
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Course Drinks
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 4


  • 2-3 blocks jaggery
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 1 tbsp ginger- grated
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup mint – muddled
  • 1 liter ginger soda


  • Boil jaggery (Indian sugar made from sugarcane molasses) with water, ginger and cardamom.
  • Once cooled, mix ginger soda and muddled mint leaves.
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