Ugadi Pachadi Recipe

Ugadi Pachadi Recipe

Ugadi to the Telugu speaking people marks a beginning of a new year in which nature is in full bloom, symbolizing regeneration and celebrating the season’s freshness. The eating of a specific mixture of six tastes called Ugadi Pachhadi in Telugu in Kannada, symbolizes the fact that life is a mixture of different experiences (sadness, happiness, anger, fear, disgust, surprise), which should be accepted together and with equanimity through the New Year.

The special mixture consists of:

  • Neem Buds/Flowers for its bitterness, signifying Sadness
  • Jaggery and ripe banana pieces for sweetness, signifying Happiness
  • Green or red Chilli/Pepper for its hot taste, signifying Anger
  • Salt for saltiness, signifying Fear
  • Tamarind Juice for its sourness, signifying Disgust
  • Unripened Mango for its tang, signifying Surprise

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp of neem flower
  • 4 tsp of chrushed jaggery (gur)
  • 1 small lemon size ball of tamarind made into thick tamarind water (imli)
  • 1/2 tsp of red chilli powder or green chilli paste
  • 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds(rai dana)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp of oil (tal)
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped raw mango (kachcha aam)
  • 1 cup of water

Recipe :

  • First add the raw mango pieces to the tamarind water and bring it to boil.
  • Boil it till mango pieces are tender
  • Now to this add jaggery and let it cook till it melts and blends into the mixture
  • Remove from heat and keep aside
  • Now in a pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds let them splutter, add neem flower and fry till light brown
  • Now add chilli powder and salt
  • Mix well
  • Take this neem flower tadka and add it to the tamarind and mango juice
  • Serve in small quantities as an accompaniment to the main course food.

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