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Sweet n Bitter Recipes For Ugadi


Ugadi is a festival of neem and jaggery. This festival is celebrated for the taste of both sweetness and bitterness in life. Neem is bitter and jaggery is sweet. Both these ingredients are abundantly used in Ugadi recipes. Even the Ugadi desserts have a bitter under taste in many cases. Ugadi is celebrated as new year in both Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. That is why both Andhra recipes and Karnataka recipes get precedence on this day.

The Ugadi recipes that are listed below are a combination of delicacies from both Andhra and Karnataka. Most of these Ugadi recipes are desserts. We all know that no Indian festival is complete without sweet dishes. Besides, Ugadi is the new year. So, it is not surprising that a new year is welcomed with many Ugadi desserts.

Most of Ugadi recipes are simple and quick to prepare. Apart from neem and jaggery, mango is an ingredient that is majorly used in these dishes. It is summer so raw mango is readily available. No wonder it forms a major part of the Ugadi desserts.

Here are some of the best recipes you can try for Ugadi.



Pulihora can be described in simple terms as tamarind rice. This Indian rice recipe is primarily spiced up with tamarind but that is not all. It is has a whole trousseau of accompanying spices.


Mango Dal Andhra Style

Mango or aam dal is an all time favourite Andhra dish. So, this Ugadi prepare this Andhra recipe with legumes and traditional spices.


Andhra Rasam

Andhra rasam is made with tomatoes and a lots of spice. This Indian curry recipe has special significance on Ugadi.



Obbattu is a famous Ugadi dessert. Indian dessert recipes are very simple and easy to prepare. Obbattu is an essential festival recipe and it's known as a popular South-Indian dish.


Raw Mango Halwa

On Ugadi, we present you with a tasty raw mango halwa recipe. Raw mangoes are high in vitamins and antioxidants. Take a look at how to go about with the delicious raw mango halwa recipe (summer mango recipe).


Aval Payasam

You can make payasam with rice, sevai (vermicelli) or aval (beaten rice). Take a look at the aval payasam recipe for Ugadi.



Boorelu is a tasty sweet dish for Ugadi. It is prepared with Bengal gram, jaggery or sugar and coconut. To enjoy the festive season with sweet dishes, check out the boorelu recipe.


Raw Mango Gojju

Since Ugadi is a festival of eating Bevu, Bella (neem and jaggery) bitterness and sweetness signifying sorrow and happiness in life as part of a well balanced living, we give you a tasty ugadi recipe called raw mango gojju which is prepared using both neem and jaggery.

Story first published: Thursday, April 11, 2013, 12:30 [IST]
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