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Ugadi Pachadi is one of the dish prepared during Ugadi festival. Ugadi the New Year day of Andhra and Karnataka is called as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra. Ugadi is first biggest ever festival after Sankranti starting the new Telugu calendar of the year. It heralds the dawn of Vasanth rutu (spring season) which is considered the first season of the year (chaitra maasam).
Ugadi marks the beginning of a new year in which nature is in full bloom and symbolizing regeneration and celebrating the season’s freshness. Ugadi festival falls in the months of March or April. Ugadi brings happiness, peace and prosperity in life. As it is the beginning of the New Year and spring season, it’s also the arrival of the new harvest likemangoes, tamarind, jaggery and neen flowers. The most unique and significant tradition of Ugadi is savoring the traditional flavored pachadi(chutney) that epitomizes the spirit of Ugadi festival.
Ugadi pachadi is a special authentic dish reflecting all the six flavors (shadhruchulu) of the ingredients. It’s also said that it represents the six tastes of life. This chutneyor sauce is a symbolic reminder of the myriad facets of life in a sense prepares us for the year ahead. Ugadi pachadi resembles the mixture of feelings of life.
The six flavors are the neem buds or flowers (for bitterness), Jaggery(sweetness), Raw mango (vagaru), Tamarind juice (sourness), Chillies(hotness) and Salt. According to Ayurveda it is said that Ugadi pachadi removes the vata, pita, kapha doshalu from ones body. Ugadi pachadi is a healthy and nutritious pachadi as it contains nutrients that cleanse the system and acts as prophylactics (prevention of illness or disease).
Dishes made of neem flower are well known for their taste as well as medicinal use. The neem tree flowers bloom during the months of April and May. Some dishes like the Neem rasam is the easiest and tastiest of them all. Next is the veppam poo sadam or neem flower rice. Both these dishes are tasty as well as full of nutritive value. These flowers are a storehouse of anti-oxidants. It is strange to note that neem flowers have certain medicinal properties that are not found in neem leaves.
Ugadi pachadi a combination of mixed tastes a delicacy that tickles and lingers on our tongue for a long time leaving a medley of flavors.