Have you tasted this panneer soda?Many traditional forms of native medicine are still available in many pockets of India, particularly in Tamil Nadu. One such is the panneer soda, which is a sort of soft drink, but is normally consumed to help the person get over gastric trouble or keep fit in the scorching sun.
A single bottle costs around Rs.9/. There are so many local brands, almost everywhere. In Tiruchi district, it is always sold in bottles. However, in the districts of Vellore and Tiruvannamalai, it is also sold in bottles, which has a pebble in the top portion. One has to push the pebble to drink the soda which is clearly visible in the bottom portion. It normally retails at Rs. 6 to Rs.8/-. This is a thriving local business and there is no wholesaler. The small retail shops ( called petti kadai in Tamil) stock these items, often in refrigerators and get sold by end of day. ( normally a single shop gets to sell something like 200 of these bottles per day).
The business is booming and it is still a cottage industry. Try this and you will really feel happy. Of course, in Chennai one cannot find it everywhere.