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Panchamrita Puja (Pooja) and Contemporary Recipe

Panchamrita is beverage offered to deities during worship (Pooja), and then distributed to worshippers as a Prasad (blessing)

Panchamrita is a Sanskrit name derived from two words, Pancha and Amrita. Pancha means five. Amrita is a beverage or nectar, consuming of which leads to immortality. The five nectars are: Milk, Yogurt, Ghee, Honey and Sugar
Traditional Panchamrita is also called 'Pooja, or Puja Panchamrita'

Traditional Puja Panchamrita

Ingredients

1. Kacha Doodh: 1 Cup

It is raw fresh milk from cow

2. Dahi: 1 Cup

Yogurt made from whole cow's milk

3. Ghee: 1 Cup
Clarified butter derived from cow's milk

4. Honey: 1 Cup
5. Shakkar: 1 Cup

Shakkar is raw sugarcane sugar. One may substitute it with grated Gur (Sugarcane Jaggery)


Method

Mix and beat all the ingredients together and store in refrigerator. You may use blender for mixing.

 

Contemporary Panchamrita Beverage

The amounts of ingredients are changed for modern taste. Saffron and Tulsi are added for color and flavor. The beverage is served iced or cold

Ingredients

1. Milk: 2 Cups

2. Yogurt: 1 Tablespoon

3. Ghee: 1 teaspoon
4. Honey: 2 Tablespoon
5. Sugar: 1 teaspoon

6. Saffron: 6 strands crushed
7. Fresh Hoy Basil (Tulsi) leafs: 2

May be substituted with fresh Peppermint leaves
 

Method

1. Warm 2 Tablespoons of milk and warm it on stove top or microwave oven. Stir in crushed saffron. Set it aside for 20 minutes. This help to draw color and flavor from the saffron.

2. Combine all ingredients except Tulsi in a blender. Blend for 10 seconds. Store in refrigeratot

3. Garnish with Tulsi leaves before serving

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