23 March, 2012

Ugadi Pachadi - A Taste of Life.

Spot the six tastes!

Pictured above, is Ugadi Pachadi, a simple, yet intriguing dish that's eaten symbolically on the Telugu New Year's Day of Ugadi

It is a unique one in terms of the range of  flavours: specifically there are six tastes:

Bitter - (signifying sadness) - from Neem Flowers and buds

Sweet - (signifying happiness) - from Jaggery
                                          and Ripe Banana

Hot - (signifying anger) - from Chilli or Pepper

Salty - (signifying fear) - from Salt

Sour - (signifying disgust) - from Tamarind pulp

Tangy - (signifying surprise) - from Raw Mango

It symbolizes the fact that life is a mixture of different experiences and emotions, all of which ought to accepted with equanimity, that one should rise above sorrow, happiness, failure, and success.

The onset of spring also marks the beginning of new life.

Fresh crops and familiar, favorite aromas abound - Sugarcane (from which jaggery is made), Jasmine flowers, Neem blossoms, New Tamarind (which is light brown in colour), not the least of which are Mangoes!


Coming back to the chutney, or pachadi as it is called, all you need to do is mix all the ingredients in the picture together, including the one ingredient not mentioned in the 'significance' list above which is haldi, or turmeric powder.

Most folks I know make it with nearly all the same ingredients, yet I have never tasted the same flavour twice!
This is obviously because like all household recipes there will be a variation in the quantities of the various ingredients ( some for example keep it very sweet - more happiness?! - while elsewhere it will be tangier, or spicier - as in 'hot'!)

Here's to Life!


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    Ugadi pachadi

    1. Thank you Nasreen! I liked your version of the Ugadi Pachadi too, the slightly cooked one. :)



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