The simple, delicate flavours of India’s regional cuisines have long mesmerised its people, and in recent years, the world has come to adore desi flavours as well. So much so that other foreign food bloggers are also sharing these flavours on Instagram. A British food blogger has made it his mission to explore all the regional cuisines of India. Jake Dryan, who goes by @plantfuture on Instagram, has dedicated his profile to learning more and more about Indian cuisine by cooking different recipes. And he prepared something special for the occasion of Sri Rama Navami, Pannakam.
What’s Dryan Cooking?
In his recent video, he is focusing on Pannakam, a traditional South Indian drink that is typically prepared during festivals and special occasions. It is a sweet and tangy drink made with jaggery, lemon juice, and spices, and is often served as a refreshing beverage during hot weather.
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To make pannakam, the first step is to dissolve jaggery in water to create a sweet syrup. Then, lemon juice is added to the syrup, which gives the drink a tangy flavour. To enhance the taste and aroma of the drink, a blend of spices is added, including ginger, cardamom, and black pepper. The mixture is then stirred well to ensure that all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
More About Pannakam
Pannakam is not only popular in South India but is also a favourite drink among the Indian diaspora. It is often served during the festival of Ram Navami, which is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Rama. In some households, pannakam is also served during the nine-day festival of Navratri, which is dedicated to the worship of the Hindu goddess Durga. It is a versatile drink that can be enjoyed at any time of the day and is a perfect alternative to sugary carbonated drinks. In addition to its delicious taste and health benefits, pannakam is also easy to prepare and can be made in large quantities to serve a crowd.
So, have you tried making Pannakam? Let us know in the comments.
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