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
- 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
- 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.