Welcome back to my blog. It is summer time here and it so hot and humid. We have to stay hydrated during this time to beat the heat. There are many traditional summer cooler recipes which I have consumed while growing up. Today I am sharing a very Simple and quick summer cooler recipe called Hunase Hannu Panaka .This is mostly made on Ram Navami and Narasimha Jayanthi. It is one of the most refreshing drink. This drink makes me nostalgic as I have a lot of memories associated with Summer Holidays.

What is Panaka?

A quintessential summer cooler from Southern India. This is so refreshing and easy to make. Jaggery in its purest form is the main ingredient of this drink. Some make it with lemon juice and some with tamrind .Panakam was given as oral rehydration solution in olden days when the weather was hot and humid. We would always be excited when mom used to make it at home.It is usually served in earthern ware . It can be served chilled or at room temperature. Tastes equally good.

What is the 290th Foodiemonday Bloghop Theme?

This week our Hostess is Sasmita who blogs at firsttimerCook. She suggested to make Colourful Summer Coolers for the theme #RangBirange. She is a versatile Blogger with many traditional and international recipes on her blog. I love her Bael Lassi Recipe.My humble contribution for the theme is this refreshing and cooling Hunase Hannu Panaka.

Ingredients for Hunase Hannu Panaka(Summer Cooler):

  • Jaggery: I have used organic Jaggery here. You cannot replace it with sugar. You can use Palm jaggery.
  • Tamrind Extract: Thick Extract gives some tang to the drink. Blends well and balances the sweetness from Jaggery.
  • Cardamom: Adds a nice flavor to this drink.
  • Dry Ginger Powder: Aids Digestion and lowers inflammation. Helps to burn body fat.
  • Saffron Strands: This is absolutely Optional. I add a few strands to the drink.
  • Fresh Mint Leaves: I love to add fresh mint as it makes it even more refreshing. You can add holy basil leaves instead.
  • Salt: I have added a pinch of salt to balance the sweetness and sourness.
  • Edible Camphor: I have added a pinch of edible camphor.It aids digestion.Has medicinal Properties.
  • Pepper Powder: I have added some crushed pepper powder.Aids Digestion and has many medicinal properties.

Recipe for Hunase Hannu Panaka (Summer Cooler):

  • Author: Preethi Prasad
  • Prep Time : 10 Mins
  • Cook Time : 0 Mins
  • Soak Time: 30 Mins
  • Total Time : 10 mins
  • Course : Drinks
  • Cuisine : Indian

Ingredients for Hunase Hannu Panaka (Summer Cooler):

  • 1/2 Cup Powdered Jaggery
  • 1 Tbsp Tamrind Extract
  • 1/2 Tsp Dry Ginger Powder
  • 4 Small Cardamon Pods Crushed
  • 1/4 Tsp Pepper Powder
  • 4 Cups Water
  • Small pinch of Edible Camphor
  • 5-6 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Few Saffron Strands


  • Grate the jaggery in a bowl if you are using a block.
  • Add water and mix untill completely dissolved. Strain and Pour the mixture in a jug.
  • Soak tamrind in water and extract the thick pulp .Strain it to remove impurities.
  • Add tamrind pulp to the jaggery mixture.
  • Now add crushed cardamom , coarsely pounded pepper , edible camphor,salt,dry ginger powder , Saffron strands and mint leaves.
  • Mix all the ingredients and let it sit for 30 minutes.
  • You can strain the mixture before serving .But I did not .
  • Serve at room temperature or chilled .
  • Enjoy this refreshing drink to beat the heat.


  • Soak Lemon size tamrind in water for about 20-25 minutes to extract the pulp and then strain it.
  • Ensure the edible camphor is dissolved completely before serving.This is optional to use.
  • In case you are using jaggery block grate it as it helps to dissolve quickly.
  • You cannot substitute sugar with Jaggery
  • You may Skip Pepper Powder and saffron .
  • This recipe is a perfect balance of sweet ,spice and Sourness.
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  1. Wow a different recipe of panaka using tamarind and pepper powder ..I can imagine the burst of flavors as we take a sip ..waiting to try this very soon !!

  2. Wow! So this summer I will try making hunseha panka. I need now buy those horrible lemon we get in the season. Thanks.

  3. Hem lata srivastava

    That looks so refreshing, I have never tried it. Will surely try it this summer session.
    Nice preparation and presentation.

  4. An absolutely new drink for me Preethi. We do have tamarind juice served here especially as a welcome drink in some of the hotels. Like your hunase hannu panaka. Its different and nutritious too. Its a must try recipe as the weather here too is so so hot.

  5. I am very happy to get a completely new drink recipe Preethi. Panaka looks so refreshing and mouthwatering. All the ingredients have cooling effects. So perfect for this scorching summer. I will definitely try it soon.

  6. I loved this traditional beverage made with jaggery, tamarind & pepper. I have tasted this drink somewhere in Bangalore but that time I don’t remember what was that now I got to know it’s called Panakam. Sounds really delicious and healthy. Lovely share Preethi

  7. We make the regular panakam often, but this variety using tamarind extract is new to me. Sounds absolutely delicious and refreshing. Love the addition of pepper powder, mint leaves and saffron. Will definitely be trying this out. 🙂

  8. Panaka looks so refreshing and perfect coolant for summer. Coming across so many different variations of making panaka. Going to try your method next time.

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