Monthly Archives: March 2012

Ugadi Pachadi Recipe

Ugadi Pachadi Recipe:

Ingredients:

2 tsp neem flower
4 tsp chrushed jaggery (gur)
one small lemon size ball of tamarind made into thick tamarind water (imli)
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp mustard seeds(rai dana)
Salt to taste
1 tsp oil
1 tbsp finely chopped raw mango (kachcha aam)
1 cup water
For Garnish:
Banana Sliced
Coconut cut into slivers

How to make Ugadi pachadi:

  • First add the raw mango pieces to the tamarind water and bring it to boil.
  • Boil it till mango pieces are tender
  • Now to this add jaggery and let it cook till it melts and blends into the mixture
  • Remove from heat and keep aside
  • Now in a pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds let them splutter, add neem flower and fry till light brown
  • Now add chilli powder and salt
  • Mix well
  • Take this neem flower tadka and add it to the tamarind and mango juice
  • Serve in small quantities as an accompaniment to the main course food.
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Poorna Market, Visakhapatnam

One early morning a few days ago I set out camera in tow to check out Poorna Market, located in the old one town area of Visakhapatnam. It was the day before the new year festival of Ugadi also known as Gudi Padava in other parts of India. Poorna Market is an old fruit and vegetable whole sale market which is a crazy place like any other old Indian market. I have been meaning to  explore the market for a long time and I must say that the experience did not disappoint me. Here are some of the sights that greeted me…

Ugadi means the beginning of a new ear and is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month in the Hindu Calendar. Chaitra is the first month in the Panchang or the Hindu calendar. The thing I love about the Ugadi festival in Andhra is the tradition they have of making and feeding everyone a special delicacy called the Ugadi Pachadi. It is said to have the flavours of sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and spicy that represent the various flavours of life. In eating a bit of the Pachadi the devout are acknowledging the different aspects of life and how they are all a part of human experience. I shall dig out the recipe and share it on my next post.

Neem Flowers

The lovely and delicate Neem tree flowers.

A lane near Poorna Market

A temple in the one town area

Poorna Market

The Poorna Market is a maze of marrow lanes meandering in no particular direction, divided rather haphazardly into fruit, vegetable, meat, fish, cane, pottery and condiment areas.

Oranges behind Crates

Thermocol Balls in all their psychedelic splendor

Mirror frames...

Sugarcane sellers

These are just a few images of Poorna Market…I will post more by and by…hope you enjoyed these.

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