Ugadi is the first day of the first month (Chaitra) of the Lunar Calendar. Chaitra marks the beginning of many changes in Nature like foliage & flowering and the Vasanta Ritu (part of Spring). Ugadi is celebrated by Telugu people anywhere in the world. Consuming the dish, Ugadi Pachchadi, marks the celebration. The dish is made with fresh offerings of Nature like Neem flower, tender mango and fresh crop of tamrind. It is made with minimum of processing and the following ingredients.
Vepa puvvu (neem flowers) 1 tbsp
Tamarind paste 2 tbsp
Jaggery (grated to a fine powder) 1 cup
Raw Mango (small chunk cut into tiny peices) 1 cup
Vepudu senaga pappu 1 tbsp (optional)
fresh grated coconut 1 tbsp
Banana (finely chopped) 1/2
Salt a pinch
Red chilli powder a pinch
- Soak tamrind in water and extract the pulp . You get better results if the tamarind is soaked overnight. Another option is to soak it in hot water so the pulp can be extracted within a few mintutes.
- grate Jaggery into a fine powder.
- take a small chunk of mango and cut into small pieces.
- finely chop half a Banana or mash it to a pulp
- grate coconut
- Mix all the above ingredients-tamarind pulp, grated Jaggery, chopped mango and banana, grated coconut, Neem flowers, Vepudu Senagapappu (optional), salt and Red chilli powder.
- add a little water to dilute the sourness of the tamarind
Ugadi pachadi is ready to be served. Take a few tablsespoons of the pachadi in a small bowl and serve.
Starting the New Year with fresh products of Nature is considered healthy and auspicious.