Ugadi Wishes with Ugadi Feast..

Wish You all a very Happy Ugadi. Hope this year brings you in good Health, Peace and Prosperity.

Ugadi marks the beginning of a new Hindu lunar calendar with a change in the moon's orbit. It is a season for raw mangoes spreading its aroma in the air and the fully blossomed neem tree that makes the air healthy. Also, jaggery made with fresh crop of sugarcane adds a renewed flavor to the typical dishes associated with Ugadi

Preparations for the festival begin a week ahead. Houses are given a thorough wash. Shopping for new clothes and buying other items that go with the requirements of the festival are done with a lot of excitement.

On Ugadi day, people wake up before the break of dawn and take a head bath after which they decorate the entrance of their houses with fresh mango leaves. The significance of tying mango leaves relates to a legend. It is said that Kartik (or Subramanya or Kumara Swamy) and Ganesha, the two sons of Lord Siva and Parvathi were very fond of mangoes. As the legend goes Kartik exhorted people to tie green mango leaves to the doorway signifying a good crop and general well-being.

After doing prayers, we serve jaggery mixed with neem leaves. The bitter taste of neem leaves and the sweet of jaggery symbolize joy and sorrow in life. Here we just had jaggery as we din't get neem flowers:-).

This festival brings back lots of memories. It is mainly of the food we used to have. We used to help our mom prepare the feast. After doing the pooja we used to sit down and eat on banana leaves. This time, I found banana leaves in a mexican store and was very exited. I have tried my best to do all the dishes my mom used to make for this festival. So here is the feast on a banana leaf..

The dishes are from left ..Salt, Kossambari (salad), Hullikayi Palya( Green beans fry), Thondekayi Palya( Tindora fry), Aloogadde Fry (Aloo Fry), Mosaru Pachadi( Raita), Mavinakayi Chitaranna (Mango Rice), Halasandi vade (Black eyed peas vada), Shavige Payasa (Payasam), Burfi, Obattu (Puran poli), Rice and Obattu Saru ( Rasam).

Will post the recipes soon.. Happy Ugadi..

33 comments:

Madhu said...

Hi Ashwini,
I didn't know much story about Ugadi nice reading.
There is nothing like celebrating festivals back home with families miss it.
Habbbad adige tumba ruchiyagide..:'
Ugadi Shubhashayagalu..

Priti said...

Me and my DH drooling over your feast....Happy Ugadi dear

Varsha Vipins said...

Oh Ashwini..Y dint u invite me..cant stop drooling..They all look fabulous..!! slurp slurp..:)

Cham said...

Ashwini, wait I am coming tonight. That is a huge feast for my eyes! Hope u had a wonderful Ugadi and I wish the Best!

Hema said...

Happy Ugadi to you and your family!

Deepa Hari said...

Happy Ugadi Ashwini....thats a wonderful spread...delicious and very inviting....good job.

Rathna said...

Wow! That's a wonderful meal Ashwini. Looks Lovely :-) thanks for the ugadi wishes... Wish you and your family the same .

sandhya said...

Awesome, loved the spread :)
Happy Ugadi to you and your family..

Vibaas said...

Wow! What a feast! Happy Ugadi, dear!

Sushma said...

wow Ashwini, istondella madiddra??
maduve oota iddahage ide :)
Happy Ugadi to you too..

Shama Nagarajan said...

happy ugadi

Shama Nagarajan said...

happy ugadi

Vani said...

Hosa varshada shubhashayagalu, Ashwini. The habbada oota looks great! And we serve the same way too, with salt & pickle on the left top corner, then kosambari, palyas, gojju. Payasa on the right bottom. Kalasidda anna on the left bottom quad is the only diff. Can't believe you made all that by yourself! Amazing! Is obbattu saaru made with hoorna? Looking forward to the recipes.

Maya said...

Whoa!! What a feast you made! Are there any leftovers?? Everything looks lovely and beautiful write-up..Hope you had a wonderful Ugadi!

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

Happy ugadi! Wow! lovely thali! you prepared so may dishes! too good! Wonderful mouthwatering dishes!

LG said...

Ugadi habbada haardike shubhashayagalu ri. Ootada ele nodi mathe holige oota mado aase aagtha ide nodi

Food Fanatic said...

haooy ugadi. first time here. nice blog you have, would love to revisit.

Uma said...

mmm. what a wonderful spread! looks mouth-watering Ashwini! Hope you had a great Ugadi!

Happy cook said...

Next time when you are having a fast i am comming over.

UjjU said...

abba! Yentha oota! Bale yele mele thumba chenaagi arrange maadidhira. :) Hosa varshada hardika shubhashayagalu.

Soma said...

Happy Spring! & a nice read!

I am eyeing all that food spread on a banana leaf.

Cynthia said...

Thanks for educating me. Happy New Year.

Prathibha said...

wow ashwini...very nice spread..so much of patience dear....

Chitra said...

happy ugadi dear,lovely platter,drooling here:)want to taste everything!!

Priya said...

Belated happy ugadi Ashwini...delicious spread, cant take my eyes out of the platter..

Usha said...

Happy Ugadi to you....the feast looks fantastic :-)

AnuSriram said...

Wow.. lovely feast! Looks inviting! Hope u had a wonderful celebration!

Superchef said...

happy ugadi to you too and boy! what a feast!!!

Smitha said...

What a super meal you have prepared. Love it.Have a great new year:)

Yasmeen said...

happy ugadi,delicious festive food:)

samdhya said...

Would love to make homemade pancakes. Really love to eat them! wonderful recipe.Great Click too!

Anonymous said...

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Rasmi Singh said...

Hmm, that is one yummy-looking dishes. Sending my warmest Ugadi wishes to all Hindu around the world! Happy Ugadi!

Best regards
Rasmi xxx