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March 20, 2015

Happy Ugadi (Subhakanshalu )

Today is  Yugadi/ ugadi means a beginning of new age and considered as Telugu  / Hindu New year eve . This is observed on first day of Chaitra  (First month of Telugu calender) Month/ Masam  called Chaitra Shuddha Padyami (generally observed in March/ April ). This festival is celebrated by almost all  South Indian States including Maharashtra, Punjab and  Rajasthan  depending upon their traditions and cultures .

Today Ugadi Pachadi which is a raw chutney is prepared by everyone in a variety ways/ forms (either dry or as chutney ) but mainly contains six different flavors  called shad ruchulu . Shudruchulu are sweet  (from new  jaggery/ sugar / sugarcane ,banana ) , sour/ tangy  (tamarind pulp made from new tamarind ), salt, bitter (Neem flower), hot (Optional pepper/ green chili )  , vagaru (Tender  Mango ) (acrid) tastes respectively which reflects that human life is a mix of different flavors/  phases of life .

 People prepare for the new year by cleaning, washing their houses and buying new clothes. On the Ugadi day they decorate their houses with mango leaves and "rangoli" designs, and pray for a prosperous new year, and visit the temples to listen to the yearly calendar - "Panchangasravanam" as priests make predictions for the coming year. Ugadi is also an auspicious day to embark on any new endeavor.
After worshiping God people prepare the pachadi and  take it as prasadam (Nivedhanam ) , and start their meal with this pachadi.

Today I will share traditional Andra style Ugadi Pachadi . The combination of all the six different flavors linger your tongue and make it crave for more .

All You Need::
Tamarind  juice made from a big lemon sized tamarind which is the base

Banana 1 sliced into  rounds
Tender Mango  cubes 3 table spoons
Neem Flower 1 table spoon
Jaggery/ Sugar 3 to 4 table spoons
Sugar cane (Optional ) 10 slices
Salt 1 teaspoon
Pepper powder 1 pinch

  • Mix well the jaggery and add in all the other ingredients , save the neem flower to last .

  • Give a god stir  ,add neem flower  .

Enjoy this ugadi pachadi with your family members  . 
 Wishing  a prosperous Hindu New Year to one and All .

  • This chutney may cause irritable bowels be careful with the amount you consume . 

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