Ugadi Pacchadi –Blend of diverse flavors of life! is about the Telugu New Year and we are celebrating it today by eating the special Ugadi pacchadi or Chutney.
Ugadi heralds the Vasanth Ritu (Spring Season) when nature is in full bloom. New Year means a fresh start and by partaking the Pachadi with six flavors, we accept that even life should be accepted with all the ups and downs and highs and lows.
The first thing I did this morning was adorn the gate and doorway with mango leaves as they signify prosperity and general well-being.
The neem trees are in full bloom with pretty white blossoms and the mangoes have flooded the market.Another significant thing about this day is the Panchanga Sravanam. It is a custom of predicting what future has in store for all the members of the family. A pundit or priest is summoned and he prepares the yearly forecast for each family member on the Ugadi day. Thie year predicts good rains for our city, and I am happy with that!
In this season, you will see most of the ladies, adorning their hair with Mallepoolu or the heady scented jasmine buds.I remember my sisters deftly stringing them with their fingers.Coming back to the pacchadi, it is a tasty dish made with healthy ingredients. The Pacchadi has six different tastes assimilated in it- sweet, sour, salty, bitter, tangy, and spicy. All of these tastes represent the different facets of life.
The bitter taste of the Pacchadi comes from the tender neem blossoms. The bitter taste represents the despondent moments of life. Bitter moments are also a part of life and should be accepted.
Sweetness comes from the jaggery. The sweet taste symbolizes the blissful moments of life which are a blessing.
The tangy taste comes from the unripe mango. Ugadi marks the start of the mango season. Hence, mango signifies the surprise element in our life and we should always be prepared for it.
The spicy taste comes from black pepper powder. It embodies anger within us.
The salt represents the taste of life. The salty moments are essential to make our lives exciting.
Tamarind gives the Pacchadi the sour taste. It stands for the sour moments of life which along with other flavors make our lives worth living.
Isn’t all this symbolic and interesting? The simple Pacchadi conveys that that these six phases of life have to be balanced to live a comprehensive and full life.
Other ingredients that are used for making this tastier are roasted gram (putnalu pappu), coconut and sliced banana.
Ugadi Pacchadi Recipe
1 cup of raw mango finely chopped
1 tbsp margosa blooms or tender neem flowers)
1 cup grated or pound jaggery
2 tbsp fresh finely chopped coconut pieces
4 tbsp tamarind paste
1 banana chopped finely
Pinch of pepper powder
salt to taste
1 tbsp roasted gram
Soak the tamarind in ½ cup warm water till it softens and take out the pulp.
Meanwhile, pluck the tender flowers from neem sprigs.
In the tamarind pulp add a little water and add the jaggery, banana, coconut pieces, mango, roasted gram , salt, pepper and blend nicely with fingers preferably.
Add the neem flowers at the end and share it with family and neighbors.
This Ugadi Pachadi is also a healthy low-calorie pacchadi and the neem flowers, tamarind, jaggery and raw mangoes contain nutrients that cleanse our system and acts as a prevention of disease).
The myriad flavors of this delicacy tickle the palate and the taste lingers for a long time.
Ugadi Pacchadi –Blend of diverse flavors of life wishes you…. Happy Ugadi and have a great year ahead!