Thursday, April 14, 2011

சித்திரை விசு வாழ்த்துக்கள் & Tamil New Year Pachadi

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. :))))

Crushed jaggery - 1/4 cup
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

The Making:

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...

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  1. This sounds interesting and looks so delicious as well!

  2. Happy New Year to you and family dear- Great post!

    US Masala

  3. Happy New Year to you and family....

  4. Happy New Year. What a beautiful language yours is. Of course, I couldn't read a bit of it, but the characters are lovely. Thanks for switching to English.

  5. Iniya puthandi Nal vazhthukal. Pachidi looks delicious.

  6. Iniya tamil puthandu vaazhthukkal vimitha to u n family ! nice post !!

  7. happppy new year to u.... loved reading ur post.... have a great year ahead

  8. Happy New Year to you. Best wishes to you and your family.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  9. Tamizh puthaandu nalvazhthukkal! The pachadi looks very great and tempting!

  10. Happy New Year to you and family dear :)

  11. Lovely post !! Happy tamil new year dear !!

  12. Iniya puthandu vazhuthukal Vimi, pachadi tempts me a lot..

  13. Happy Tamil New Year..Everything looks so delicious

  14. Happy New Year!...I can never get enough of the pachadi....pass me some!
    Smitha's Spicy Flavors

  15. Happy New Year Vimitha to u and ur family !

  16. New year wishes to you & your family..

  17. chithirai thirunaal vaazhthukkal.ella valamum perugattum.romba nalla irukku pachadi.

  18. Sounds like such an interesting dish!

  19. Lovely drink to match all emotions :)
    Happy New Year to you too dear - the dishes look too tempting!

  20. Happy tamil new year to you and your family. spread looks awesome.

  21. Very happy new year to you and yours i miss pachadi looks best! and laddos divine!

  22. That's a different kinda pachadi from our Kerala recipe, would love to try this new recipe. Again, wishing you a prosperous year!

  23. Hmmm that recipe looks very tempting. I'd love to try that. Wishing everyone a blessed year!


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