Celebrate Ugadi & Gudi Padwa with Ugadi Pachadi and Puranpoli

March 29, 2014 recipes for ugadi gudi padwa @TheRoyaleIndia 1273 0 0

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Preparing to celebrate Ugadi and Gudi Padwa, the first day of the New Year for the Telugu people and Maharashtrians? Both these festivals fall on the same day i.e. the first day of the month of Chaitra as per the Hindu calendar. On this day, spring is also ushered in as the first season of the New Year which gives us ample reasons for us to celebrate with family and friends.

Right from decking up the house and shopping for New Year gifts and clothes etc, bring a full circle to your celebrations by serving family members, Pachadi and Puranpoli. Easy to prepare, delicious and healthy too!! Give them a try this time and here’s how you go about making them.

Ugadi Pachadi

Ingredients Ugadi Pachadi @TheRoyaleIndia

This chutney like preparation is prepared by the Telugu people, especially for this day. Ugadi Pachadi is offered to the Lord during the pooja followed by its distribution as prasad amongst the family members. All the family members have to savour Ugadi Pachadi first before having their first meal of the day.

The main ingredients which go in its making include jaggery, tamarind, raw mango, neem flowers, and red chili powder. Preferably, they should be new and as fresh as possible.


  • 4 teaspoons new dark brown jaggery – crumbled into pieces

  • 3 teaspoons new tamarind

  • 3 teaspoons raw mango – finely chopped into small pieces

  • 2 teaspoons neem flowers

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 2 cups water

  • Salt to taste

How to make

  • Wash and clean tamarind and soak it in water for some time.

  • After 15-20 minutes, extract tamarind juice by squeezing and straining the pulp.

  • Add in crumbled jaggery, chili powder, finely chopped mango pieces, salt, and neem flowers.

 Also, you will find variations in this recipe which include ripe banana, roasted chana dal, and fresh grapes.

Ugadi Pachadi is also known as Shadruchi Sammelan – Six tastes, each of which represents a special taste/phase during our life on earth. The blend/pachadi of each of these six tastes summarizes the balance we need to bring in our life throughout the New Year. The taste of each of these ingredients has the following meaning –

  • Jaggery – Sweet in taste implying happiness in life

  • Tamarind & Raw Mango – sour in taste implying sad moments in life

  • Neem Flowers – Bitter in taste implying unhappiness in life

  • Chilli Powder – Hot in taste implying to anger in our life.

Puran Poli

ingredients puranpoli @TheRoyaleIndia

One of my favorites, this sweet Maharashtrian dish is savored especially during Gudi Padwa and Ganesh Chaturthi. It is flatbread stuffed with a sweet lentil paste. Very tasty and nutritious, Puran Poli is savored by young children and adults alike. Moreover, the Puran (sweet stuffing) can be stored for a longer time and you can make Puranpolis whenever you feel like in the near future.

Ingredients for 8 Puran Polis

For Puran or the stuffing 

  • 1 cup chana dal

  • 1 cup jaggery – finely powdered

  • A pinch of cardamom powder

  • A pinch of nutmeg/jaiphal powder

  • 1 tbsp ghee

For the poli or the roti

  • 2 cups atta or whole wheat flour

  • 1 tsp oil

  • salt – optional

  • water as required

  • oil/ ghee for frying the Puran polis

How to make Puran

  • Wash and soak chana dal for 3 – 4 hours.

  • Boil the chana dal in just required water in a pressure cooker ( 2 – 3 whistles should suffice

  • Strain off the excess water and then mash the chana dal ( grinding it in the mixer is also fine)

  • Add jaggery, nutmeg and cardamom powder to the mashed dal.

  • Mix it well

  • In a vessel, melt 1 tbsp ghee

  • Add in the mashed dal and heat it over slow flame till it turns dry and thick

(the water should evaporate fully from the mashed dal)

  • Remove from the heat and let it cool.

How to make Dough for the Polis 

Knead smooth dough with wheat flour, water, and oil. Add a pinch of salt if required

How to make the Puran Polis

  • Heat the griddle

  • Take a medium sized ball of the dough and roll it out to 4-inch diameter in size.

  • Place a slightly smaller sized ball of the Puran in the center of the rolled dough

  • Get all the ends of the rolled dough together and join them. Seal them firmly

  • Roll out the stuffed ball gently till it becomes approx 6 inches in size

  • Place the Puranpoli on the hot griddle and fry it will oil/ghee on both the sides.

  • Cook all the Puranpolis in this manner.

How to Savour

Puran Poli is best enjoyed with ghee and milk. It can be had either piping hot or warm. They can be served along with the regular course of lunch.

Give a delicious start to your family this New Year, try out these recipes and for a change serve them a mouth watering fare to feast upon. Go ahead … try your hand at them.

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