Monday, March 31, 2014



Today is a day of celebration for us as it is the start of a New Year as per the Hindu calendar.
The year beginning on 31 March 2014 is called Sri Jaya Nama Samvatsara.

Call it Ugadi or Samsar Padwa or Gudi Padwa, today is a day when families get together to share in each other's happiness. Ugadi comes from two Sanskrit words Yuga meaning age and adi meaning new. I wish you and your family the very best in the New Year,

A dish appropriate for today is Ugadi Pachadi which is traditionally made for this festival.   The ingredients suggest that life is a mixture of different experiences (sadness, happiness, anger, fear, disgust, surprise), which we should accept with equanimity through the New Year.

I would like to thank my friend, Rajam Ramachandra Pai for sharing her recipe which I have adapted.

  • Raw mango, a few, cut into small pieces,  ( I used 1 raw mango)
  • Gingelly oil, 2 tbsp. ( I used regular cooking oil)
  • Mustard seeds, 1 tsp ( I used 1/2 tsp)
  • Hing, 1 pinch
  • Tamarind, size of small lemon ( you can use lemon as an alternative) ( I used lemon)
  • Salt, 1/2 tsp or as per taste
  • Chilly powder, 1/4 tsp
  • Jaggery, 3 tbsp. ( you can use sugar or honey as an alternative)
  • Neem flowers, 1 tsp ( you can use methi seeds as an alternative) ( I used methi seeds)

Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds, methi seeds/neem flower, and hing
When it crackles, add tamarind pupl and allow it to boil and reduce in volume
Add mango pieces and cook for some time
Next add salt and chilly powder and mix
Then add the jaggery and stir for a few minutes until it gets a little thick
Finally add roasted neem flowers/methi seeds.


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