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bellada panaka | jaggery panakam

Happy Sri Rama Navami !
Rama navami festival comes in the summer month.To celebrate the shri rama navami- the birthday of lord Shri Rama, we prepare variety paanaka/ panakam, kosambari, gulpavate , majjige/ buttermilk to offer to sri rama and give it to the neighbors as well. It will be a summer day, so all these foods make sense as well.
Here we have bellada panaka / jaggery panakam. In olden days during summer days it was customary to offer a piece of jaggery and water to the guests . As we know jaggery gives instant energy and drinking water to keep us out of dehydration from heat.

In this recipe we have 2 jaggery panaka, one made with fennel seeds and other flavored with dry ginger powder.

Jaggery is made with sugar cane juice, filtered and boiled until the syrup becomes thick , then it is poured into molds. Always buy dark brown jaggery for good health

Few health benefits of good quality Jaggery:

Rich source of iron, hence it is good for preventing anemia.
Cools the stomach – good during summer months
Rich in potassium
Detox the body
Boosts immunity
Jaggery is sweet so people with diabetes should avoid eating jaggery

BElada hannina panaka

Balada Hannina Panaka

buttermilk (masale majjige)


lemon juice/nimbe panaka

kosambari – kadlebele kosambari

Moong dal / hesaru bele kosambari

rava gulpavate

rava gulpavate


Huli AValakki

Ingredients for bellada panaka:

  • 4 tbsp jaggery
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 pinches of cardamom

panaka 1 with fennel seeds powder :

  • 1 cup jaggery water
  • pinch of cardamom powder
  • 1/4 tsp finely powdered fennel seeds

panaka 2 with dry ginger powder:

  • 1 cup jaggery water
  • pinch of cardamom powder
  • 1/4 tsp dry ginger powder
  • 1/2 tsp of lime or lemon juice or
  • you can add 1/4 tsp tamarind extract


  1. First, dissolve 4 tbsp jaggery in 2 cups of water
  2. Powder 2 to 3 cardamoms and keep it ready
  3. Strain the jaggery water to 2 cups.

Panaka 1 :

  1. Powder fennel seeds/saunf/sompu
  2. To a cup jaggery water – add fennel seeds powder, cardamom powder, mix it well. and serve

Jaggery water and dry ginger powder:

  1. To another cup of jaggery water – add dry ginger powder, cardamom powder, lemon/lime juice, . Mix it well and Serve


  1. you can add tamarind extract instead of lemon juice
  2. you can add pinch of salt to both panaka – it is optional