On this day prayers are done and visit to Lord Rama temple. Observe fast/upavasam. Special pooja is performed at home and temples offering Panagam/Panaka, Neer Mor/Buttermilk and Kosambari as prasadams to Lord. Ladies will exchange kumkum with the prasadams with neighbours.
In Tamilnadu only Panagam is prepared. In Karnataka Panaka, Neer Mor and Kosambari is prepared.
Heres the simple and easy recipes for this.
Panagam/Panaka is a sweet drink prepared with Vellam/Jaggery.
Take 1 cup mashed or powdered vellam/jaggery in 4 glasses of water.
Add 1/2 tspn elachi powder/cardamom powder and 1/2 tspns sukku powder/dry ginger powder.
Mix well and keep it aside till all the vellam/jaggery is dissolved. Serve chilled or as it is.
Note - If case you feel Jaggery is less you can add later and mix after offering to Lord.
Variation - You can add ripen mash melon/Kirnipazham. It will be very refreshing.
For Neer Mor/Buttermilk
Take 1 cup thick curds/plain yogurt add 3 cups water, chopped coriander leaves, salt, chopped ginger mix well and Serve.
For Kosambari Recipe click here.