Today is the first day of Hindu lunar calendar and it is being celebrated as New Year by Telugus, Kannadigas, Maharashtrians and Sindhis. The first day of Hindu month Chaitra is the festival of new beginnings and is known as Gudi Padwa for Maharashtrians, Yugadi for Kannadigas, Ugadi for people from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Cheti Chand for Sindhis.
Happy Ugadi 2022

Gudi Padwa is derived from two words- Gudi meaning Lord Brahma’s flag and Padwa meaning first day of the moon phase. Similarly, Ugadi or Yugadi as per Sanskrit implies the start of a new era. Telugu people believe that on the day of Ugadi, Brahma started creating the world, hence one year is equal to one single day to lord Brahma.  It is also on this day the sun crosses the line of equator on the day of spring equinox.

Indian festivities are synonymous to flavoursome dishes, savouries, sweets and desserts. Maharashtrian festivals are never complete without mouth-watering puran poli which is a sweet flatbread stuffed in bengal gram and jaggery filling. Likewise, Ugadi is incomplete without Ugadi Pachadi, a dish that is analogous to the culinary culture of Telugu people. Raw mango is a key ingredient of Ugadi Pachadi. A delicacy of six different tastes, Ugadi Pachadi signifies human beings have to be prepared for different experiences life gives them during their journey from cradle to grave.

Made with six ingredients, jaggery in this delicacy refers to sweetness, tangy raw mango refers to surprises, tamarind is for sourness, neem for bitterness, salt for flavour and green chilli for anger. 

Also read: Ugadi: Authentic Yet Nutritious Recipes For The Festive Day

Here are two sumptuous easy to make recipes that one can savour during this festive season.

Poornam Boorelu: A traditional south Indian sweet recipe made with chana dal stuffing, rice and urad dal coating, this one belongs to Andhra cuisine. Offered as prasadam in temples, it can be made at home for any occasion.

Kothimbir Vadi: A popular Maharashtrian snack made with fresh coriander leaves, gram flour and spices, it is usually served with chutney. Kothimbir means coriander leaves in Marathi.

Poornam Boorelu:
Poornam Boorelu

Ingredients

​​For Stuffing

1 cup chana dal

3 tsp ghee

2 cup water

1 cup jaggery

¼ tsp cardamom powder

For Batter

¾ cup urad dal

1 cup rice

1 tsp sugar

½ tsp salt

Oil to fry

Method

Purnam (Dal Stuffing)

In a large bowl, soak 1 cup of chana dal for 2 hours

Drain the water and transfer it to the cooker

Add ghee, water, pressure cook until the dal is cooked

Mash the dal to smooth paste

Transfer the paste into a large pan

Add jaggery and cook on medium flame

Jaggery will melt and blend with the paste. Continue to cook until the mixture starts to hold the shape

Add ghee and cook until the mixture starts to separate from the pan

Make sure the mixture is well cooked or it will be difficult to make balls

Transfer to the plate and let it cool

Add cardamom powder and mix well

Grease hands with ghee and make a ball sized stuffing

You can store this stuffing in the fridge and prepare boorelu when required

Batter for Boorelu

In a bowl, soak urad dal and rice for 5 hours

Drain off the water and transfer it to the mixer and grind to a smooth thick batter

Transfer the batter to a large bowl

Add sugar and salt and mix well

Now dip the purnam into the batter and deep fry on medium flame cooking uniformly until the boorelu turn golden brown and crisp

Drain the boorelu over the kitchen towel to get rid of excess oil

Boorelu is ready to serve

 Nutrition

This sweet recipe has gram dal as its key ingredient which is loaded with proteins besides essential vitamins and minerals. Ghee is also used in significant amounts in this dish making it rich in monounsaturated omega-3s, antioxidants and fatty acids.

Kothimbir Vadi
Kothimbir Vadi

Ingredients

2 cups coriander leaves

1 cup gram flour

1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste

½ teaspoon kashmiri chilli powder

½ teaspoon turmeric

1 green chilli

½ teaspoon coriander powder

½ teaspoon cumin powder

1 teaspoon sesame seeds

¼ teaspoon garam masala

Salt to taste

1 teaspoon lemon juice

½ cup water

Oil to fry

Method

In a large bowl take 2 cups of chopped coriander leaves

Add 1 cup of gram flour

In a bowl, add ginger-garlic paste, green chilli, red chilli powder, turmeric, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala powder, sesame seeds, salt and lemon juice

Combine well making sure all the spices are mixed well

Squeeze and mix coriander leaves

Add water slowly kneading into soft dough

Shape the dough to a cylindrical shape greasing your hand with oil

Steam the dough for 15 minutes

Cool the dough completely and cut them into thick slices

Shallow fry in hot oil

Stir occasionally till the vadi turns crisp and golden brown.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with chutney.

Nutrition

Coriander leaves are one of the key components of this savoury which makes it filled with nutritional content. Coriander leaves are rich in Vitamin C, K and E. They are also a good source of antioxidants. The vadi made with chana dal provides protein and fibre to the body.

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