Panchamrut is made on various religious occasions and it is distributed as prasad after the puja. Panchamrut is the combination of five (panch) ingredients which are considered as nectar (amrut). These five ingredients are curd, milk, desi ghee, honey and sugar.
Each ingredient has its own significance:
- Curd indicates prosperity.
- Milk indicates purity.
- Desi ghee indicates strength.
- Honey indicates healing, wellness and good health.
- Sugar stands for sweetness in life and relationships.
Some additional ingredients that we add in panchamrut are Ganga Jal (holy water of river Ganga) and few dry fruits which add a nutty taste. When panchamrut is offered as prasad, add few leaves of tulsi (Indian basil) which is known to strengthen immunity.
Ingredients – for 2 to 3 servings
- Fresh curd – 1 tea cup (175 ml)
- Fresh milk – 1/2 tea cup
- Powdered sugar – 2 tbsp
- Desi ghee – 1/8 tsp
- Honey – 1/8 tsp
- Ganga jal – 1 tsp
- Almond (badam) – 4 to 5
- Cashew nut – 4 to 5
- Raisin (kishmish) – 10 to 15
- Fox nut (makhana ) – 10 to 15
- Chironjee – 10 to 15
- Grated fresh coconut – 1 tbsp
- Tulsi (Indian basil) – 1 to 4 leaves
- Whisk curd and keep aside.
- Cut makhana into small pieces.
- Chop badam and kaju.
- In a bowl, combine curd, milk, powdered sugar, desi ghee and honey.
- Now add makhana, badam, kaju, kishmish, chironjee, grated fresh coconut and ganga jal. Mix well.
- Transfer the panchamrut to the offering bowl and finally add tulsi leaves.