I wanted to post this recipe during Ugadi/ Kannada-Telugu New Year itself. But something or the other comes up and I never got a chance to post. Finally this blogging marathon theme helped me bring this recipe out.
Bevu in kannada means neem flower and bella is jaggery. Quoting from Wikipedia, Bevu-Bella/ Ugadi Pachadi symbolizes the fact that life is a mixture of different experiences (sadness, happiness, anger, fear, disgust, surprise), which should be accepted together and with equanimity through the New Year. The eating of a specific mixture of six tastes symbolizes the different experience.
The special mixture consists of:
- Dried Neem Flowers for bitterness signifying sadness
- Jaggery for sweetness signifying happiness
- Green chilly for its heat signifying anger
- Salt for saltiness signifying fear
- Tamarind paste/juice for its sourness signifying disgust
- Raw mango for its tang signifying surprise.
Usually we take 1/4 tsp of each and mix it with 1/4 cup of water and keep it for neivediyam and have a tbsp of it after the pooja.. Also we don’t use cut raw mangoes. We grind them and take 1/4 tsp of the grinded mixture.
Here is the Bevu Bella,
- Dried Neem Flowers - 1/4 tsp
- Jaggery - 1/4 tsp
- Green chilly - 1 slit into halves
- Salt- 1/4 tsp
- Tamarind paste/juice - 1/4 tsp or soak 1 inch piece in 1/4 of water and extract the juice
- Raw mango grated - 2 tbsp
Dry roast the neem flowers.
Grind the grated mango.
Now mix all the ingredients in the tamarind water and make sure the jaggery and salt dissolves.
Thats it the ugadi pachadi is ready.
You can use the grated mango directly. We just grind them as that it dissolves well.