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Friday, March 27, 2009

Happy Ugadi

I wish all my visitors, readers and foodies a Happy Ugadi and Gudi Padwa.

Ugadi (Telugu: ఉగాది, Kannada: ಯುಗಾದಿ from yuga+aadi, yuga is era, aadi means start. The start of an era) is the new year's day for the people of the Deccan region of India. While the people of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka use the term Ugadi for this festival, the people of Maharashtra term the same festival, observed on the same day, Gudi Padwa. (source: wikipedia)

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. But the most unique and significant tradition of Ugadi is beginning the new year with savoring a unique flavored pachadi (chutney) that epitomizes the spirit of Ugadi called "Ugadi Pachadi",with sweet,sour,pungent, salty, hot and bitter tastes (shadruchulu or six tastes). This chutney or sauce is a symbolic reminder of the myriad facets of life in a sense prepares us for the year ahead.

Ugadi Pachadi

Ugadi Pachadi is made in different ways in different homes and does not taste same. Every house has its own unique taste. I made Ugadi Pachadi by mixing:
1 raw mango chopped
1 t methi seeds powder(substituting Margosa Flowers-neem flowers)
a pinch of red chilli powder
2 T jaggery/bellam
2-3 T tamarind paste
a pinch of salt
Ugadi Pachadi, Payasam and Mamidikaya Pulihora

Recipe for Mamidikaya Pulihora you can check my Mamikaya Annam

Its been a long long time I was away from blogging and I have a good reason to be away! Will let you know this Summer ;)

Padma

13 comments:

Praneetha Raghava said...

happy ugadi padma.. nice to see you update ur blog after a long time. may god give u all the very best in life.

Vishali said...

Hey Padma...Happy Ugadi to you and ur dear ones...you have a wonderful collection of recipes ....I simply love all ur recipes...Cheers!

Vishali

Cynthia said...

I've been reading about this on another blog. Happy New Year!

Aparna said...

A rather belateed but very happy Ugadi to you.

Jeena said...

Great meals Padma Happy Ugadi. :-)

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Athika said...

Hey Padma, Nice to see u after such a long time in Blogging. Even I took a long break and now I am back too missed blogging. You have wonderful recipes. Love to try them all. Thanks for sharing.

-Athika

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sajith90 said...

Very good recipe. Taken good care to write these recipe

Congradulations padma. Kepp it up

Cheers
prasad from
Ugad Wallpapers

Spice Rack said...

When it comes to rice meals, I am a big fan, the first time I saw the photo in the lower part of the blog, I already knew that it a healthy meal. It has herbs and spices from the spice rack. It is really important that you put a spice rack in the kitchen because you can cook anything you like without limits.

kanthi said...

Telugu thanam uttipaduthondhi padma mee ugadhi pachhadi tho,pasupu kumkuma latho..

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Ugadi pachadi

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