Across the globe in the Southern states of India such as Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu Karnataka and Telangana, Ugadi festival is celebrated as the New Year annually according to the Hindu calendar. This year Ugadi festival is celebrated on March 22nd 2023. Ugadi is a must celebration as it is considered the most auspicious day for people who celebrate it across few parts of the southern region.
UGADI FOOD SPECIALS
One of the most delicious and important must Ugadi recipe during the festival is the Ugadi Pachadi. The Ugadi pachadi is a tasty and balanced mix of 6 different flavours such as salty, sour, spicy, sweet, bitter and astringent. The 6 flavours signify the 6 emotions of life which we all live in with namely sadness, happiness, anger, joy, surprise and disgust.
In addition to the Ugadi pachadi, other snacks and sweets are also prepared as we invite and offer the dishes to our relatives and family acquaintances.
TANGY LEMON RICE
Nimmakaya pulihora or lemon rice is one of the popular and mostly cooked dish during the Ugadi festival in the Southern parts of India. Lemon pulihora is a flavourful, tangy and crunchy dish which is easy and instant to prepare. Fried nuts, aromatic herbs and spices along with the fresh lemon juice added to the steamed rice makes the rice dish delicious.
FRUITY/NUTTY CURD RICE
Daddojanam or spicy curd rice is a must in the festival special dishes preparation on auspicious days. Cooked rice is blended with curd or yogurt and tempered with spices and herbs.
KESARI RAVA HALWA
One more popular sweet dish which is a pudding like sweet that is cooked with suji or semolina or rava along with the cashew nuts, sugar, raisins, saffron in ghee. The sweet dish melts in mouth and can be instantly made in no time.