33 UGADI PACHADI

Ugadi is a New year festival for Telugu and Kannada people. Also called as Gudi padva in Maharashtra.

Option 1 of making pachadi. See below for option 2.



Ugadi pachadi is a combination of 6 tastes/flavors( Shadrachulu) each standing for a special character a man experiences in life. That is salty, spicy, tangy, bitter, sour and sweet. The significane of making this pachadi is for us to understand that life is a mixture of all emotions, good /bad/happy/sorrow and we have to face each one equally.


In Karnataka it is called as Bevu Bella where fresh neem leaves are mixed with jaggery pieces.

1.Salt - 1/2 tsp - For Saltness( Uvarppu)- To represent scareness
2.Red chilli powder/or Black Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp( Spicy/Hot) ( Kaaram)- To represent Angry
3.Raw Mango - Few cut into small pieces - For Tanginess( Pulippu)- To represent excitement.
4.Neem flowers(or can use Methi seeds) - 2 tsp - For Bitterness( Kasappu)- To represent sorrow.
5.Tamarind( or can use Lemon Juice) - One small lime size- For Sour( Thuvarppu) - To represent Mischieveness.
6.Jaggery(or can use Honey or Sugar) - 2 - 3 tbsp - For Sweetness ( Inippu)- To represent Happiness.

Soak tamarind in water for 20 minutes and extract a dilute pulp . Mix in jaggery until it melts. Add mango pieces, salt and chilli powder. Mix well and add neem flowers. Mix and have a tbsp or 2 .

Option 2 of making pachadi.


The other way is cooking this like a thokku/pickle.With the same above ingredients we need additionally a tbsp of oil preferably gingelly oil. Few mustard seeds and curry leaves and a pinch of hing/asafoetida.


Heat oil in a pan and add mustards seeds, curry leaves and hing. When it crackles add the tamarind pulp and allow it to boil and reduce in volume. Add mangao pieces and cook for sometime. Next add salt and chilli powder and mix. Then add jaggery and stir in for few minutes until it gets little thick. Finally add the neem flowers( First dry roast seperately and then add).
If you do not have neem flowers, then add few methi(fenugreek) seeds in the oil itself before pouring in tamarind pulp.


Usually my mom sends in a batch of dry neem flowers mainly to prepare neem flower rasam. So it comes in handy anytime I want to make use of it.

Tomorrow is Ugadi( New year for Telugu and Kannada people). Will post in my Ugadi feast pictures tomorrow.


33 comments/Reactions:

Mrs.Menagasathia said...

யுகாதி பண்டிகை வாழ்த்துக்கள்!!

Gita said...

Happy Ugadi dear :) Divine and lovely clicks!

PriyaRaj said...

Happy Ugadi dear ...Nice pachadi..

Pavithra said...

Happy Ugadi to you too dear !!! Send me some neem leaves too.

Sarah Naveen said...

Nice post...real new info for me :)

Aruna Manikandan said...

Happy Ugadi :-)

Madhuri said...

Happy Ugadi Padma.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Happy Ugadi..........

nivedita said...

HI PADMA,
WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY UGADI,
NICE POST!

Sushma Mallya said...

Nice pics padma..wish you & your family a very happy ugadi

Vrinda said...

Happy Ugadi to u and family...nice pachadi

Nithu Bala said...

Happy Ugadi to you and to your family.

TREAT AND TRICK said...

Happy Ugadi Padma, thanks for the info relating to the new year....

kitchen queen said...

wish u a very happy ugadi Padma.

Cham said...

Happy Ugadi :)

Rachana Kothari said...

Happy Ugadi Padma!

Rekha shoban said...

Happy ugadi padma!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Happy Ugadi and we too make a similar pachdi with all the tastes in our tamil new year :)

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Happy ugadi Padma...Recipe very nice...

shanthi said...

Happy ugadhi

Anu said...

Happy Ugadi :)

ganga said...

HAPPY UGADI DEAR......BEAUTIFUL CLICKS.......

Ms.Chitchat said...

Ugadi wishes to u and ur family. Loved the essence of the pachadi.Clicks are too good.

Prathibha said...

Happy ugadi..had this 2day!!!

Valarmathi said...

Happy Ugadi padma.

Sashi said...

Happy Ugadi !!

Padma said...

Thank you all for your wishes :)

Vidya Mali said...

Hi Padma,
Happy Ugadi to your family

sowmya said...

Good clicks..you have a wonderful blog.Following u.

Sowmi's kitchen

ramgopal said...

Thanks a lot deat Padma ji.
I made mine with the help of this :) :)

Soundar said...

Happy UGADI

taroor said...

thanks 4 the recipe

SURYA said...

Even small pieces of sugarcane and grapes can be added.

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