Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ugadi Subhakankshalu

వికృతి నామ సంవత్సర ఉగాది శుభాకాంక్షలు.  Ugadi marks the beginning of the Telugu New Year and is celebrated as very important festival by the people of Andhra Pradesh.   According to Hindu mythology, the New Year starts with Ugadi with the moon changing its orbit. It is also believed that the creator Lord Brahma started to create the universe on this first day of sukla paksha in the lunar month of Chaitra. 

Ugadi Pachchadi

The day begins with this Ugadi pachchadi which reflects different flavors of life.

1 cup grated raw fresh mango
1 tbsp neem flowers
1 cup crushed jaggery
1 cup tamarind paste (not the concentrate, should be taken at home by soaking two lemon sized balls of tamarind in water) not too thick, not too thin
3 tbsp Putnalu pappu (roasted chana dal)
1 banana (cut into small square pieces)
1 tbsp fresh grated coconut (optional)
Maa inti Ugadi vindu

  • To the tamarind water, add jaggery and mix well untill it is completely dissolved in the tamarind paste.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

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