Janmashtami or Gokulashtami celebrates the birth of Krishna who was known for his love for butter and dairy. The festival involves fasting the entire day and decorating the house for Krishna’s welcome at midnight. It is also about making his favorite treats that can be consumed during the fast and offering it to him on his birthday. We earlier shared with you the recipe of dhaniya panjiri, a Janmashtami special that is made in most home, and now we share with you the recipe of panchamrit, a drink that is served to the lord and others on this festival. Many even bathe the idol of Krishna with this potion. It has different dairy products with addition of dry fruits, basil leaves and other add-ons. The good thing is, it does not require any culinary skills and can be made in minutes once you have assembled all the ingredients needed. So this Krishna Janmashtami, make this easy panchamrit at home. (ALSO SEE How to dress up your child as Krishna)


Curd – 1 cup

Milk – ½ cup

Ghee – 1 tsp

Gangajal – ½ cup

Sugar – 2 tbsp

Honey – 1 tsp

Basil leaves


Dry fruits and nuts



Take a pot and add curd in it. Then add milk and sugar and mix all three well till the sugar dissolves.

Then add Gangajal, honey and ghee to the same vessel and mix again.

After, add the rest of the ingredients except for basil leaves. Mix all well so that they combine with all the liquids.

Then add the basil leaves in the end and mix once again.

Take smaller paper cups to serve the panchamrit to everyone.

You can watch the recipe of the dish in the video below.

Panchamrit is made during other Hindu festivals as well but because it is has so many dairy products, it is a must-have on Janmashtami.

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