Ugadi, as it’s commonly called across Andhra, Telangana and certain parts of Karnataka, is a joyful celebration that marks the start of the Telugu New Year.
And so, the traditions and customs associated with it that are intricately connected to the nature.
Like every other Indian festival, Ugadi is rich in its culinary delicacies.
Food is prepared with six different flavours – sweet, salty, two types of sour, bitter and spice.
From all homemade delicacies – the varieties are many, but it’s the Ugadi Pachadi, a refreshing summer drink, that tops them all.
An amalgam of six different tastes, people traditionally begin Ugadi celebrations with the Ugadi Pahchadi,
a translucent drink made of raw mango, tamarind, neem flowers, jaggery, salt, green chillies and water.
According to legend, the unique mixture symbolises the happiness and sorrow of life.
According to the Hindu mythology, during the evolution of the cosmos, Brahma commenced the creation of the world on the day of Ugadi.
Ugadi is hence considered an auspicious day for new beginnings in life.
It is also believed that the first flavour that touches your taste buds while gulping down the drink will decide the fate of course of events in your life for the rest of the year.
For the same reason, Ugadi Pachadi is the first delicacy that is consumed on the day of the festival, even before coffee.
The preparation is typically consumed early in the morning on an empty stomach.
The proportions of ingredients in the drink are decided according to the six tastes of life.
Jaggery stands for happiness, neem flowers is for sorrow while tamarind denotes disgust and mango is for surprise.
Green chillies represent anger and salt stands for fear.
The pachadi is not just a festive drink but also holds some value as a health supplement.
While mythology has its own tales behind every celebration, there are also so many scientific reasons behind them.
Ugadi Pachadi is a perfect drink for the season
Maybe Our forefathers cared less for the lore and more on how they could beat the summer heat!