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Panchamrut is a dish with a holy connotation, in the sense that it is offered to God during most pujas. Different regions and communities prepare different versions of panchamrut – some with milk products, some with fruits and honey, and so on.
Here is the spicy Maharashtrian version, which is part of the traditional puja thali, and also served as an accompaniment in a traditional Maharashtrian wedding lunch.
It is like a sweet and sour chutney, with varied ingredients ranging from jaggery to tamarind, crushed nuts and seeds, and dry fruits too. Spice powders like chilli powder and goda masala are used to give a spicy touch to the recipe.
Here is the authentic method of preparing this popular Maharashtrian accompaniment. We are sure you will love it. As a variant, you can also use chopped capsicum to lend the required spiciness, instead of chilli powder.
Panchamrut is served on special occassions like Ganesh Chaturthi and Gudi Padwa as an accompaniment to a typical Maharashtrian thali consisting of Maharashtrian Bhaji, Maharashtrian Rotis / Polis, Maharashtrian Dal, Varan / Amti / Kalvan, Maharashtrian Bhaat (Rice) and Maharashtrian Sweet Dishes
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- Dry roast the peanuts in a small non-stick pan on a medium flame for 2 minutes.
- Add the sesame seeds and roast on a medium flame for 1 minute.
- Allow the mixture to cool completely. Once cooled, blend in a mixer to a coarse powder. Keep aside.
- Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
- When the seeds crackle, add the asafoetdia and capsicum and sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes.
- Add the coconut, chilli powder, turmeric powder and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute.
- Add the peanut-sesame powder and ¾ cup of water, mix well and cover and cook on a medium flame for 6 to 8 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
- Add the jaggery, tamarind pulp, salt and ¼ cup of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
- Serve hot with chapatis.
Nutrient values per serving
|Vitamin A||317.3 mcg|
|Vitamin B1||0.5 mg|
|Vitamin B2||0.1 mg|
|Vitamin B3||1.9 mg|
|Vitamin C||93.3 mg|
|Folic Acid||3.3 mcg|
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