Ugadi Pachadi is the most important dish we make during Ugadi Festival. Learn how to make this Ugadi Pachadi recipe with this simple recipe.
Ugadi Pachadi is a special preparation we make in every Andhra home on Telugu New Year’s Day. Its made with tamarind, jaggery, fresh mangoes, and neem flowers.
Each home has different combinations. Apart from these three I have given, some add Chili powder, tamarind and salt as well. All these form the shadhruchulu or six tastes. This pachadi reflects life as it has a mix of sweet and sour things including some bitter and spicy moments.
Elders say that we should eat this mixing with all tastes, to know life is a mixture of everything and we should have the aplomb to face all things equally!
Thinking of Ugadi pachadi, reminds me of my days in my parents' home. Whenever Amma offers the Ugadi pachadi to Daddy, he will say, let me start this year with a sweet beginning but of course with a bit of this and that.
I have always known Amma making this with tiny Mango pieces, new jaggary, and tender neem leaves.
What does ugadi Pachadi mean?
This pachadi combines all flavors – sweet, sour, salty, bitter, astringent and piquant.
We only use unripe mango, jaggery and tender neem leaves. So prep all the ingredients and keep it ready.
Raw Mango - The first batch of mangoes we get first in the summer and used in this pachadi is the Kili mukku manga or 'Totapuri' mango, or Ginimoothi. The unripe mangoes tastes great and not very sour.
Jaggary - Grate the fresh jaggery and add as powder to the mix for it to melt soon.
Neem Leaves - The first tender neem leaves are added to the pachadi and eaten with the jaggery.
See recipe card for quantities.
In our recipe, we only use fresh mango, so it helps to have the mango prepped and ready.
In the bowl you are going to offer prasadam, you can add mango chopped into tiny bits. Next add the grated jaggery followed by the neem leaves.
Repeat all the ingredients again twice for the bowl to get filled.
Offer as Neivedyam.
Ugadi Pooja - 2021 at Amma's place.
Substitutions & Variations
I have used block jaggery, you can use any variety of jaggery available.
There are lot other variation to this basic recipe. Some include red chili powder, tamarind, salt as well.
This recipe is the basic. So you can add more as per your tradition.
This is a fresh preparation and will not stay for long. So the ingredients get mixed up and should be ready by the time pooja gets over.
Chop mangoes as tiny as possible, this will help in mixing the pachadi well.
You can also add broken jaggery pieces. However grated makes it faster to get mixed.
Make the pachadi when you are ready to start the pooja, else it will get soggy.
Ugadi Pachadi | How to make Ugadi Pachadi Recipe
- 1 cup Mango finely chopped
- 1/2 cup Jaggery
- 1/4 cup Neem Leaves
- Wash and chop the mango into fine pieces.
- Grate or crush the jaggery into smaller pieces.
- Wash and take the tender neem leaves.
- In a bowl, mix all the three ingredients together.
- Offer as Naivedyam and partake.