UgadiPachadi is a special festival food which has become synonymous with the Andhra Pradesh festival Ugadi, which is celebrated as the New Year by the Telugu people. About UgadiPachadi, it can be said that, this dish is made of Neem flowers, raw pieces of mango, new jaggery, pepper powder, coconut and tamarind. 6 tastes of Ugadipachadi are sweet, bitter, sour, pungent, salty and spicy.
Ugadipachadi importance lies in the fact that it is a combination of the six basic ingredients, jaggery, tamarind, neem, mango, chilli and salt that reflect the various emotions of life, such as happiness, disgust, bitterness, surprise, anger and fear respectively.Ugadi Pachadi Health Benefits:
The basic ingredients of this dish, Ugadipachadi are neem, jaggery, tamarind, mango, chilli and salt and all these ingredients contribute to health benefits.Neem:
The tamarind is soaked in warm water till it softens. Add the jaggery to another one cup of water and wait till it melts and strain and keep aside. Mix all the ingredients together and the basic version and authentic Ugadipachadi dish is ready. Many variations of this dish is prepared. One variation of this dish is Ugadipachadi recipe with banana. This is a tastier version of the dish. Along with chunks of banana, cashews, raisins and fried gram are also added. Ugadipachhadi Andhra style recipe incorporates certain variations like addition of mustard seeds and grated coconut pieces.
Thus, UgadiPachadi is the most popular dish of this festival, not only in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, but also in Maharashtra as well.