Gudi Padva or Ugadi is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month to mark the beginning of the New year in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Maharashtra. In some parts of India, Ugadi is known as Vikram Samvat or Bhartiya Nav Varsh.
Bawarchi.com brings you ten traditional recipes that are the flavour of the Ugadi and Gudi Padwa season.
Make this year's Ugadi or Gudi Padwa tastier and more memorable with these lip-smacking recipes!
1. Ugadi Pachadi
Start your day with this traditional Ugadi chutney, made with jaggery, tamarind, neem flowers, raw mango, mustard seeds and chilli powder. The combination of sweet, salt, bitter, sour and spicy flavours signify that despite the arrival of spring, life is not always sweet. It is a mixture of experiences and emotions that range from sweet to bitter to sour.
2. Yummy Shrikhand
Start your year with a sweet and you will have a super sweet year ahead! Who can say 'no' to Shrikhand, a cooling, summer dessert with 'Yoghurt' as the key ingredient. Celebrate Gudi Padwa with this classic, yummy dessert.
Ariselu is a deep-fried festive snack that is made with rice flour, jaggery and sesame seeds. Try this easy-to-make Ugadi snack for a tea-time treat!
4. Puran Poli
As the name says, it is a special Ugadi sweet with authentic ingredients all stuffed up into yummy wheat flour rotis. The delicious stuffing made with bengal gram dal, jaggery, grated coconut and cardamom powder just melts in your mouth so easily!
5. Chintha Chiguru Pulihora
A flavourful rice delight that uses fresh, hand picked and tender tamarind leaves as the major ingredient that blends finely with other savoury spices like mustard seeds, patta leaves, urad dal, hing, haldi. Among a pool of mixed rice dishes of Andhra, Chintha Chiguru Pulihora is greatly loved by all. Make your day by serving it with onion raita.
6.Tasty Rava Kesari
Impress your guests on any festival occasion with this supreme delightful dessert prepared with semolina (sooji). It is a easy to make festival sweet that uses milk, sugar, ghee and cardamom powder mixed up with semolina. Top it up with dried fruits and relish in no time!
7. Easy Sabudana Vada
Spice up your joyous festival with extremely tangy and crispy 'Vadas'. Sabudana Vada is made with soaked sabudana(sago) fused along with potato, green chilli, ginger and jeera. You can never miss these irresistible, finger-licking vadas, that are crunchy on the outside and mushy on the inside.
8. Special Til Ladoo
A popular sweet that is enjoyed largely during Maharashtrian festivals. This divine sweet is otherwise called as Til Gul Ladoos - prepared with Til (sesame) and Gul (jaggery) blended with roasted peanuts and ghee.
Punugulu is nothing but an innovative version of Paniyarams (South Indian steamed dish) that is a big hit during festive occasions of Andhra. This crispy deep-fried snack is prepared with readily available ingredients at home. The tasty batter consists of maida or all-purpose flour mixed with yoghurt, onions, green chillies and coriander leaves. Enjoy them hot along with any spicy chutney.
10. Aam Panna
Don't ever miss out this cool summer drink - 'Aam Panna' which is enjoyed traditionally during Gudi Padwa.It is instantly made by boiling raw mango pulp. Mix it along with sugar and cardamoms and serve chilled! This festive summer drink is sure to relieve your summer blues with its cooling properties.