Looking forward to a very prosperous and peaceful new year. Ugaadhi is the first day of the Telugu/Kannada and Marathi calender. Kanada(Ugaadhi), Telugu (Ugaadhi) and the Marathi (Gudi Padva) - the first day of the Chaitra month (lunar-solar) calender. We make the customary uggadhi pacchadi on this day. Eating this special mixture consisting of: bitter, sweet, sour, tangy and heat/spice flavours is a way to welcome the new year and accept what is in store with grace and hope for the best.
Neem Buds/Flowers - bitter
Raw Mango - tangy
Tamarind - sour
Green Chilli/Pepper - heat
Among various dishes served for lunch, pulihora /puliodharai is my favourite