Spot the six tastes!
Pictured above, is Ugadi Pachadi, a simple, yet intriguing dish that’s eaten symbolically on the Telugu New Year’s Day of Ugadi
It is a unique one in terms of the range of flavours: specifically there are six tastes:
Bitter – (signifying sadness) – from Neem Flowers and buds
Sweet – (signifying happiness) – from Jaggery
and Ripe Banana
Hot – (signifying anger) – from Chilli or Pepper
Salty – (signifying fear) – from Salt
Sour – (signifying disgust) – from Tamarind pulp
Tangy – (signifying surprise) – from Raw Mango
It symbolizes the fact that life is a mixture of different experiences and emotions, all of which ought to accepted with equanimity, that one should rise above sorrow, happiness, failure, and success.
The onset of spring also marks the beginning of new life.
Fresh crops and familiar, favorite aromas abound – Sugarcane (from which jaggery is made), Jasmine flowers, Neem blossoms, New Tamarind (which is light brown in colour), not the least of which are Mangoes!
Coming back to the chutney, or pachadi as it is called, all you need to do is mix all the ingredients in the picture together, including the one ingredient not mentioned in the ‘significance’ list above which is haldi, or turmeric powder.
Most folks I know make it with nearly all the same ingredients, yet I have never tasted the same flavour twice!
This is obviously because like all household recipes there will be a variation in the quantities of the various ingredients ( some for example keep it very sweet – more happiness?! – while elsewhere it will be tangier, or spicier – as in ‘hot’!)
Here’s to Life!