Firstly, Ugadi (also referred to as Yugadi) is the New Year for the people in South Indian states like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. In Maharashtra, the same New Year’s Day has an alias Gudi Padwa. Usually, both these festivals fall in the ‘Chaitra’ month of the Hindu calendar, which is late March or early April. Ugadi Pachadi, a kind of a beverage, is one of the traditional dishes made during the same time. I have shared an easy recipe here for you to try it at home.
What is Ugadi Pachadi
Ugadi Pachadi is a festive beverage which is basically a concoction of 6 varied flavors, corresponding to the 6 different emotions that human beings possess. This is what the underlining significance of the festival of Ugadi or Gudi Padwa also is based on.
Other cultures also celebrate this day under different sobriquets like Cheti Chand for Sindhis, Sajibu Nongma Panba for Manipuris and Nyepi for the Hindu community of Bali, Indonesia.
Though, the Ugadi Pachadi is more typical of this festival in South India, others have their own traditional foods to celebrate this day with.
Traditionally, the Ugadi Pachadi is the first dish offered to deities on this special festival, after which it is consumed as a prasad by devotees in order to seek blessings from them.
Apart from the health benefits of this festive drink, Ugadi Pachadi also signifies that one has to accept life with all its facets. That, it is not just sweet or a bed of roses, but sour and with obstacles too.
Ugadi Pachadi Ingredients
As I mentioned, since the Ugadi Pachadi is all about the 6 flavors in it, it has to have 6 distinct ingredients which bring in these flavors in this specialty dish.
The mélange of these taste profiles results in a unique beverage-like preparation, which is delicious, refreshing as well as wholesome and like a elixir.
The 6 ingredients with different flavors that are added in the Ugadi Pachadi, further linked to the 6 human emotions are:
- Tamarind – sour taste – unpleasantness
- Jaggery – sweet taste – joy or happiness
- Unripe or raw mango – tangy, astringent taste – surprise
- Neem flowers – bitter taste – sadness
- Black pepper – spicy, hot taste – anger
- Salt – salty taste – fear
How is it made
It is not really difficult to prepare the Ugadi Pachadi. You just have to assemble the ingredients and follow the recipe to make the perfect beverage for your festivities.
Some ingredients like the neem flowers may be tough to source, but do not worry about that. I have shared more on the substitutes after this section.
For the making of Ugadi Pachadi, you first have to make the tamarind pulp by soaking tamarind in water for some minutes. To the tamarind pulp, the rest of the ingredients are added and mixed.
There are no set proportions in this Ugadi Pachadi recipe and you can always add the 6 ingredients less or more, as per your choice.
This recipe gives you a balanced preparation with all the 6 tastes coming through. Generally, new tamarind and new jaggery is used.
In this post, I have shared a very easy, simple and quick way of making the Ugadi Pachadi. It is completely vegan and gluten-free too.
Sweltering summers in India is the season of blooming of neem flowers and also of mangoes. So, in India during this time, it is easy to get both neem flowers and mangoes that are essential ingredients of this Ugadi Pachadi.
However, if you live outside India, then use bitter ingredients like soaked fenugreek seeds (methi seeds) or dried fenugreek powder (methi powder) instead of neem flowers.
Since this spice is also used to bring in the bitter flavor in food, it is a good alternative to the neem in this recipe.
In place of black pepper powder, you can also add red chili powder or green chilies. I always use black pepper in the naivedyam food that I offer to the deities. So, I have added black pepper powder in the recipe of Ugadi Pachadi too.
Moreover, I think chilies are not native to India. So, the development of any sort of ancient food must have been spiced with black pepper and not chilies.
How to make Ugadi Pachadi
1. Soak 1 teaspoon tamarind in ¼ cup water for about 40 minutes to 1 hour. Then, squeeze the tamarind pulp and keep aside. In a bowl, add this tamarind pulp.
2. Then, add ⅓ cup water.
3. Add ¼ cup chopped jaggery.
4. Mix very well with a spoon, so that the jaggery dissolves.
5. Then, add the finely chopped raw mangoes. You can also add bananas, roasted chana dal, dry fruits and coconut.
6. Then, add the neem flowers. If you do not have neem flowers, then you can add soaked methi seeds or methi powder.
7. Add ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder. You can also add green chilies or red chili powder, instead of black pepper powder.
8. Season with ¼ teaspoon salt or as required. Mix very well.
9. Offer Ugadi Pachadi as naivedyam to your deities. Then, serve it to your family.
- You can reduce or increase the quantity of any of the 6 ugadi pachadi ingredients, as per your choice and preferences.
- Bananas, roasted chana dal, dry fruits, nuts and coconut can also be included in this recipe.
- If you do not have neem flowers, then add soaked fenugreek seeds or ground fenugreek powder.
- In place of black pepper powder, you can also add finely chopped green chillies or red chili powder.
- The Ugadi Pachadi recipe can be doubled or tripled according to your needs.
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Ugadi Pachadi Recipe
Ugadi pachadi is one of the most important dish that is made during Ugadi festival. It is a festive food drink containing six ingredients having the six tastes. Ugadi pachadi comprises of six tastes that correspond with the six emotions of life.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
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Soak tamarind in water for about 40 minutes to 1 hour. Then squeeze the tamarind pulp and keep it aside. In a bowl, add this tamarind pulp.
Later add ⅓ cup water to this bowl containing the tamarind extract or pulp.
Add the chopped jaggery.
Mix very well with a spoon so that all of the jaggery dissolves.
Then add the finely chopped raw mangoes and neem flowers.
Season with salt and black pepper powder. Mix very well.
Offer ugadi pachadi as naivedyam to your deities. Later serve it to your family as prasad.
- You can add less or more of any of the 6 ingredients according to your preferences.
- Instead of black pepper, you can add red chilli powder or finely chopped green chillies as needed.
- Instead of neem flower, to get the bitter taste, add soaked fenugreek seeds or ground fenugreek powder.
- The recipe can be easily doubled or tripled.
Ugadi Pachadi Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 93 Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 0.02g0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.01g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.03g
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 0.01mg1%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.01mg1%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 0.2mg1%
Vitamin B6 0.02mg1%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Vitamin E 0.2mg1%
Vitamin K 1µg1%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 8µg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
This Ugadi Pachadi recipe from the archives first published on March 2017 has been updated and republished on March 2023.