How to prepare Ugaadi Pachchadi?

The Telugu New Year's Day - Ugaadi festival - is round the corner and the Telugu people are busy with preparations for welcoming the New Year on a grand way. Ugaadi Pacchadi is one of the most specific recipe of this day. And if you are wondering on how to prepare the same, go through this article for the recipe of Ugaadi Pachchadi.

Ugaadi festival marks the New Year for the people of Andhra Pradesh and with this festival round the corner, people can find raw, fresh mangoes in the market. The significance of Ugaadi festival is much known to the Telugu people and Ugaadi Pachchadi is a very special recipe that is prepared only on this festival day. And it has become a tradition for the people of Andhra Pradesh to savor Ugaadi Pachchadi as the first dish in the morning even before taking coffee or tea. There is an age old belief that if you happen to get a sweet taste with the first savor, you life would be sweet through out the year.

Recipe for Ugaadi Pachchadi

Here is a simple and easy way of preparing Ugaadi Pachchadi:

  • Get a raw and fresh mango, wash it with clean water and wipe it with a paper towel.
  • Peel off the skin, cut it into very small pieces and keep these aside in a bowl.
  • Meanwhile soak small lemon-sized seedless tamarind in enough water for few minutes.
  • After the tamarind becomes soft, extract the juice / pulp and keep the tamarind extract separately in another bowl.
  • Now finely grate jaggery / gur / kotha bellam, take an equal measure as that of tamarind juice and keep this grated jaggery in a separate bowl
  • Take freshly brought margosa flowers / neem flowers / vepa puvvu, separate the flowers from the stalk and keep these in a separate bowl.
  • Now in a separate big bowl grated jaggery first and then mango pieces, tamarind extract, neem flowers, little dry red chilli powder and little salt.
  • Mix all these ingredients well and that's it Ugaadi Pachchadi is ready. If you want a thin consistency you can add little water to it.
  • If desired you can make enhancements to this Ugaadi Pachchadi like you can add pieces of banana fruit, dry fruits like cashew nuts, raisins / kishmish and any other such dry fruits as per your taste and liking.

After taking bath early in the morning on this special day of the Telugu people, pray God for a healthy and happy New Year and then savor this Ugaadi Pachchadi for a sweet coming year.

Wish all the Telugu people a Happy Ugaadi!


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