Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ugadi Chutney

Ugadi festival is celebrated with lot of fervor in many states of India, today, 11 April. It marks the New Year Day.
This festival is known as Ugadi in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, whereas it is known as Gudi Padva in Maharashtra and Goa. It marks the harvest season and is popular as Baishakh in Punjab.

One significant dish prepared during this festival is known the Ugadi Pacchadi (chutney) in Telugu and Bevu-Bella in Kannada.

Traditional Ugadi pacchadi
 This chutney comprises of following 6 ingredients:

Neem Buds and/or Flowers for bitterness - signifies Sadness

Jaggery and ripe banana pieces for sweetness - represents Happiness

Chilli powder for its hot/pungent taste - symbolizes Anger

Salt for saltiness – characterises Fear

Tamarind juice for its sourness - denotes Disgust

Unripened/Raw Mango for its tang – corresponds to Surprise

All the above six items are are mixed together and is eaten early in the morning on this day.The six components of the special mixture symbolize the different experiences we encounter in life, which should be accepted together through the New Year !

Happy Ugadi, dear readers !!