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 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
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 ;)