Ugadi, celebrated all over Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra, is festively observed as the first day of the Lunar Calendar.Among the few legends associated with Ugadi, there is one pertaining to Brahma that is widely popular. It is believed that Lord Brahma began creating the world on this day and Ugadi refers specifically to the Yuga in which the current generation lives i.e. the Kalyug. Ugadi also coincides with the onset of spring and the harvest season.
A variety of sweets and savories are prepared as part of a sumptuous feast across all states. In Telangana and Andhra, people love to add the Green Mango or Mamidikaya Pulihora to their delectable menu. This is a dish which requires no preparation and is pretty easy to make.
Here is a simple recipe for the same…
2 cups Rice
1 cup grated green Mango
2 tsps Sesame Oil
1 tsp Chana dal
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp split Urad dal
1 pinch asafoetida
1 tsp Jeera
2 red chiiles
2 green chillies
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
Salt acc to taste
1.Heat the oil. Add Mustard seeds, Jeera, chana dal, Urad dal, green chillies, red chillies, hing and curry leaves. Roast them for one minute and then add the grated mango.Add a little salt to this.
2. Cook the rice separately in a pressure cooker
3. Once the mango is roasted, add the cooked rice. Mix well, add salt and turmeric to the mixture.
4. When the rice is well mixed with the mango, add the roasted peanuts and cashew.
5. Finally sprinkle fresh coriander leaves before serving
This pulihora takes very little preparation time and is a tangy favourite of many. It can be served with vadiyalu (fryums or papads) and a pachadi or any raita of your choice.