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Panchamrutam – The five Nectars

South Indian festivals are an excuse to indulge in food of the sweet and heavy kind. One of the staples is ‘Panchamrutam’ which means the five nectars. This is prepared as a festive offering and is a medley of all things sweet! It’s a sugar high to say the least and considering this is what we offer our Gods they must be getting off on the sugar buzz! Anyway there are no fixed five ingredients though Milk, Curd, Honey, Ghee, Fruits (esp bananas), Coconut and Sugar are interchangeable. My recipe is almost a fruit salad, but with a holy twist! Bless you…

Prep time: 10 mins
Serves: 10 -12

What you need:
2 Bananas
1 Apple
2 Guava
1 Sweet Lime (peeled and segmented)
Handful of Black Grapes
Half a Pomegranate (peeled and separated)
500 gms Thick Curd
250ml Milk
2 Tbsp Ghee
1 Tbsp Honey
5 Tbsp Granulated Sugar

What to do:
Wash and dice the apples, guava and Bananas. Peel the Sweet lime and segment it. Remove seeds and transparent layer as well. Toss into a big bowl. Add the curd, milk, honey, ghee and sugar. Stir to incorporate without mushing up the fruit. Add the Grapes and Pomegranate. Refrigerate. Before serving garnish with extra Pomegranate seeds. Mmmmm…..

Note: To segment Sweet Limes – Cut off a thin slice from the top and bottom. Make Incisions in the outer skin from top to bottom in 4-5 places. Now you can peel the outer skin easily. Next separate the segments. Make an incision on the back of each segment and pry open. Remove seeds. Break away the pulp from the skin in 4 pieces.

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