Happy அனைவருக்கும் இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்... I have to atleast wish you guys in tamil na. Thats why... I thought of writing the entire post in Tamil but there are lots of blog readers here who are not that fluent in Tamil (I guess so). So switched on to English...
This is the first Tamil New year that I made this pachadi. I have heard many of my college Telugu dudes who used to talk about this pachadi. How this dish symbolizes the flavors that happens in a person's life. This dish combines the six tastes as in sweetness, sourness, saltiness, bitterness, spicy/hot and Astringent...
# Neem Flowers for Bitterness
# Jaggery for Sweetness
# Raw Mango for Astringent
# Tamarind Juice for sour
# Salt for Salt
# Chillies for Hotness
It means that life is a combination of pleasure and sorrow. That is why they have this dish first and foremost on ugadhi. Tamilians have now started following this ritual on Tamil New Year/ Chithra Vishu and So have I. :))))
Raw Mango sliced - 1/4 cup
Tamarind - marble sized
Dry red chilly - 1
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Neem flowers - 4-5 sprigs
Salt - a pinch
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Soak the tamarind in warm water and extract pulp.
Cut the mango into small cubes.
Now boil the mango slices in little water with a pinch of salt.
Add the tamarind extract and boil for few mins till the raw smell goes.
Add the crushed jaggery and boil it till the raw smell of the jaggery goes.
In a kadai, heat a tbsp of ghee, add mustard seeds and allow them to splutter.
Add red chilli and fry the neem flowers till golden brown.
Add to the mango mixture and mix well.
Serve to God!!!
My mom usually makes Kathambam Sambar, Aviyal and Paruppu Payasam for Tamil New Year and so her little chef followed the same... In addition I made rava laddoos which is Mr.A's favorite. I will be posting the recipes of all the above dishes soon... But as of now some clicks...