Friday, March 27, 2009

Happy Ugadi

విరోధి నామ సంవత్సర ఉగాది శుభాకాంక్షలు.

Ugadi marks the beginning of Telugu new year. It is believed that the creator Lord Brahma started creation on this day - Chaitra suddha padhyami or the Ugadi day.
Traditionally, we celebrate Ugadi by listening to panchangam or yearly calendar ("Panchangasravanam" - predictions for the year) and having the Ugadi pachhadi, which includes all the 6 tastes(Shadruchulu - bitter, tangy, sweet, salt, sour, and hot).


Neem flowers - as required ( thanks to the Indian grocery store for carrying the dried Neem flowers. If you don't have these, use anything with bitter in taste like Bitter goard/Karela).

Tamarind - Lemon size

Salt - 1/2 tsp

Jaggery - as required

Chilli powder - 1 tsp

Raw Mango - 1/4 cup (small pieces)

  • Soak tamarind in water for 1 hour. Extract the tamarind juice.
  • Add jaggery, salt, chilli powder, Mango pieces to the tamarind juice.
  • Add Neem flowers to this juice. And serve with all the ingredients.


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