Thursday, March 22, 2012

Ugadi Pachadi

Nandana Nama Samvatsara Ugadi Subhakankshalu :)

Early Morning, the first thing we Andhrites have on Ugadi empty stomach is a Chutney/Pachadi (unique blend of Sweet Sour Bitter Salty Spicy Flavours!)

Banana mixed with Varied Flavours just like the Different Flavours of Life, Sweet (Jaggery), Sour (Raw Mango, Tamarind), Bitter (White Neem Flowers), Salty (Salt) & Spicy (Red Chilli Powder)

The Flowers need to be separated completely from the Green Stalks, even though they are minutely small as seen in the picture which may otherwise lead to Utter Bittery Taste
We do this by rubbing the Flowers Gently on the palm of our hands

So lots of transformation in the Andhra Kitchen as new items come in like New Jaggery is used starting today in the preparations

In Guntur, the Pachadi is eaten on the Mango Leaf folded like this

In Tamil, the Neem Flowers are called Veppam Poo
Read somewhere that Green Chillies are added instead of Red Chilli Powder here but Traditionally Powder is used

Feel free to share your views & do let us know how this one turned out :)

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