Paanka is a Kannada word that literally translates to juice. Muskmelon paanka is a fruit juice that’s made during South Indian festivals or practically any hot summer day! Thanks to the addition of jaggery as well, this recipe is a healthy twist to the classic. What’s more Hoogah that a bit of sugar a lot of fruit?
Apart from giving you a slight sugar rush, this juice has a whole host of other health benefits. Muskmelons are a great source of Vitamin C and fiber. The former is a powerful immunity booster, while the latter keeps you full for longer periods of time. When you add iron-rich jaggery to the mix, you have a festive drink that your body will love!
Musk Melon Paanka
- 125 gms Jaggery
- ½ ltr Water
- 3 cups Musk Melon (roughly chopped into cubes)
- ½ tsp Green Cardamom Powder
- 1 Lemon (juice)
- High-speed blender
- In a large bowl, add jaggery to water. Mix it well until the jaggery melts completely. Keep aside
- In a high-speed blender, put the muskmelon and blend for a few seconds or until it’s fully juiced
- Transfer the juice to the bowl containing jaggery water. Add cardamom powder and the juice of 1 lemon, and mix well.
- Make sure they’re well combined.
- Pour into a glass filled with ice and enjoy!!
Store muskmelon panaka just for a day in the fridge, if stored beyond will reduce its freshness.
Ram Navami is a popular Hindu festival during which Paanka is brewed. It’s offered to the deities before being being offered to everyone else to consume. If you don’t celebrate the festival, you can whip it up for a Sunday brunch. Kids and adults are both bound to love it. If you end up with leftover Paanka, you can store it in the fridge for about 3 days before it loses its freshness.