Panjeri: A way of healing

Filza Naim

According to Aisha Siddiqui, Panjeri Bakery’s story started when she was first pregnant with her first child. Siddiqui was given a mixture of seeds and nuts for the first time by her mother and mother-in-law called Panjeri. They told Siddiqui that this mixture has been given to women in Pakistan and India for centuries and that the mixture would help her heal during her postpartum days.

"I just had a c-section. I was anemic and weak. My legs felt lifeless when I came to my mom’s house.   I did what I was told and I immediately fell in love with it. It tasted so good!  As the days went by with me taking care of my baby, I felt the energy and my lifeless legs start getting life back into them. I was walking from one room to another with no problem. I went to my mother-in-law's for the next twenty days and I remember nursing my child and felt that I had enough for him. She told me that it also increases my milk production for my baby. Since then I had three more boys and kept eating Panjeri.  I was up and about in 2 weeks and I had all c-sections. I decided when my fourth baby was born that moms need this mixture for their overall health after delivery. As I researched more about it, every ingredient in Panjeri had a benefit in it,"  Siddiqui explains.

Siddiqui took it on herself and made Panjeri, which took two hours.

"I noticed that not a lot of mothers or even grandmothers will have the luxury of time to make this. I decided then that I will provide it for all the moms in the community and also nationwide. There are so many different ways to make Panjeri but mine is unique because I have made it gluten-free so it’s easier on the stomach. Panjeri is a nut and seeds mixture with essential vitamins and minerals. Generally, it is usually consumed by moms after a delivery of a baby,"  Siddiqui elaborates.

Currently, Siddiqui offers Panjeri Chocolate bars and Panjeri Fudge along with baby boxes for clients. She would like to promote this product to everyone including men and children over eight years old. While there are different variations of this recipe all over the world to help moms after their deliveries, Siddiqui uses her recipe from India.

"This product has helped not only moms who have had kids, but also helped many people with their joint pains, weakness, anemia, menstruation, and much more.  I would like to promote this product to men as well.  This product is for everyone for their overall health.  It is a natural supplement with no preservatives and also gluten free.  I would like this product to help everyone in need as it helped me throughout my life," Siddiqui adds.

Currently, Siddiqui is proud to have her Panjeri in eight stores and taking orders online for her customized items.

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