Pazhani Panchamirtham:(Temple Food)
Authentic Temple Food. Tamil Nadu Temple Prasad. South Indian Temple Food/Prasad. Palani Panchamirtham. Banana Jam. Dates and Honey Jam.
Food plays an integral part of religion too! Feeding the poor/devotee is taken as a good deed, throughout world! Among many faiths, they agree 'edible gift' as a sign of universal brotherhood.
One of the oldest method of preserving 'the fast perishing fruits' are,'Jams'! And, most of the delights from the past, survives till today...when it is handed down with care, in the form of 'Prasad' by Temple priests! They hold the secret recipe as a matter of faith.
I believe, temple foods are an extended form of traditional indigenous food! Where it is usually devoid of preservatives and chemicals. They are always enriched with antiseptic herbs, spices and naturally fragrant ingredients. I am just proposing that, they are nourishing basically!
Small Bananas/Elaichi Kela/ Malai Vazhai Pazham 6
Kabuli Dates 10
Honey as per taste
Jaggery small lump
Lump sugar 1 1/4 cup
Cardamom seeds powder 1/2 spoon
Ghee 1 teaspoon
Cashew nuts few
Peel and mash the bananas. De seed the dates and chop them roughly.
Mix all the ingredients together. Cover and set them in the fridge overnight.
Do not leave over the counter top, as you might be aware...fruits ferment quickly, will give a musty taste.
The next day, mix them well and serve.