Ugadi pachadi recipe is a special pachadi or chutney prepared while celebrating Telugu new year. Ugadi shadruchulu is a mixture of 6 tastes that everyone of us experiences in life.
Ugaadi marks the beginning vasantha ruthuvu (వసంత రుతువు) or spring season, the first of all seasons. The season is known for its beauty and nature is at its best in this season. It also marks the beginning of nine-day festival called Vasantha Navaraathri and ends with Sri Rama Navami. People decorate their houses with strings of mango leaves.
Ugadi, Telugu new year is celebrated with a huge pomp. ‘Yugadi’ means the beginning of a new age. Eventually, yugadi has become Ugadi and this is the beginning of Telugu new year. People consume ugadi pachadi (ఉగాది పచ్చడి), a unique dish to be eaten first in the morning on the day of ugadi.
Ugadi Pachadi Shadruchulu:
షడ్రుచులు It is a specific mixture of the six tastes like sweet, sour, bitter, salty, spicy, tangy. Made up of neem flower petals, jaggery, chilli powder, salt, tamarind, and raw mango, this dish signifies that life has its share of joy and sorrow. It indicates that life is a mixture of good and bad, joy and sorrow; success and failure. All these are experienced in life and one should get along the life with new hope.
So let’s start this day with positive expectations leaving behind the past and start it afresh.
Here is my recipe for Ugadi pachadi for you all:
Andhra Ugadi Pachadi:
Prep Time: | Serves: 4 – 5
What You Need for Andhra Ugadi Pachadi?
- Raw mango chopped into fine pieces – ½ cup
- Grated jaggery – ½ cup
- Tamarind water –1 cup
- Finely chopped Bananas – 2
- Vepa puvvu/ neem flower petals – 1 tsp
- Salt – ½ tsp
- Chilli powder – pinch
How To Make Andhra Ugadi Pachadi?
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl adding one by one. In a large bowl mix all ingredients together one by one.
- The grated jaggery can be mashed along with banana if desired. I like this pachadi that way.
- I used to eat this chutney a lot when I was a teenager. If at all, this is your favourite, you can modify the quantities as per your taste. I used to make this pachadi whenever I felt like. (only when raw mango and neem flowers are available)