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Here’s how you make ‘Ugadi Pachhadi’ & relish it

With Ugadi, the Telugu New Year, being one of the most important festivals for South Indians, we bring you the recipe of the famous “Ugadi Pachhadi” which will lift your festive spirit up, even as you stay indoors during the pandemic’s second wave and relish it whole-heartedly. 
 
The diverse rich taste of the Ugadi Pachhadi tickles and lingers on your tongue for a long time, leaving a medley of flavors. The flavors of the Ugadi Pachadi signify that the mixture of bitter margosa flowers and sweet jaggery reflect the myriad facets of life, both joy and sorrow and prepare one to face both good and bad in the year to come. 
 
Ingredients: 
 
  • 1 cup of raw fresh mango cleaned, dried, finely chopped along with skin
  •   1 tbsp margosa flowers (neem tree flowers)
  •   1 cup grated jaggery
  •   1 tbsp fresh finely chopped coconut pieces (optional)
  •   3-4 tbsp tamarind paste
  •   Green Chillies (1)
 
Preparation: 
Mix all the above ingredients to form a sauce like appearance.If you want a thin and watery chutney add very little water (2-3 tbsps). You can also add small pieces of sugarcane, putnala pappu (roasted chana dal) along with the above ingredients, if you wish to.
 
Why do people celebrate Ugadi? 
 
According to the credence, the lunisolar calendar has a cycle of sixty years, and Ugadi is the New Year's Day on the first month of Chaitra. The Festival of Ugadi symbolizes the commencement of a new era to the people living in between the Vindhyas and Kaveri river for those who trail the lunisolar calendar in south Indian states especially, Telugu States and Karnataka.
 
During the festival, it is believed that harvest will be at its maximum and bring happiness and prosperity to the whole land. On this day, people believe the Universe was created by Lord Brahma. And, rendering to the certainty of Hindus, Lord Brahma formed the complete cosmos. Our one year on earth is equal to one day for Lord Brahma. Thus, once we initiate the promising year of a new year, Lord Brahma twitches a new day. 
 
There are more myths about Ugadi. There is a fabled story behind the Ugadi festival. There was apparently a demon named Sambhabakasura. This demon stole the seven Vedas from Lord Brahma and hid in the deep of the sea. Lord Vishnu came to know about this and he took an avatar against that monster who stole the Vedas from Lord Brahma. He took Matsya (fish) form and fought against the monster and regained all Vedas, and then using his Chakras, he killed the demon. This entire incident occurred on the first day of Chaitra month. Lord Brahma got the Vedas back on this day and created the universe. This is also one of the beliefs that people propagate. 
 

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