Find a curated collection of 50 popular recipes that you can make for Ugadi festival. Ugadi is one of the most important festival in the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. This year Ugadi is on 13 April 2021.
What is Ugadi Festival
Ugadi is celebrated as a new year by the people of the Telugu and Kannada communities in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka. In Maharashtra, this new year festival is known as Gudi Padwa.
One of the most important dish that is made during Ugadi is Ugadi Pachadi. Ugadi pachadi signifies all the six tastes – sweet, salty, spicy, sour, astringent and bitter.
The six ingredients included in making Ugadi pachadi have these one taste in each one of them. These six tastes correspond to the six emotions of life which everyone goes through – joy, sadness, anger, fear, disgust and surprise.
In Karnataka, a mixture of neem leaves and jaggery is consumed. This is known as bevu bella, where ‘bevu’ means neem flowers and ‘bella’ means jaggery in kannada language.
Apart from Ugadi pachadi other sweets and snacks are also made. Here in this collection I have shared recipes that you can make for Ugadi festival. I have divided the collection list into the popular ugadi recipes, sweets that you can make for ugadi festival and lunch and dinner ideas.
Wishing all who celebrate a Happy Ugadi.
Note that some recipes may have onions and garlic. Omit adding onions and garlic if you make a satvik meal or if you plan to offer the food to the deities.
50 Ugadi Recipes
Essential and Popular
Find below some of the essential and popular recipes for this festival. This section includes sweets, savories as well as rice based dishes.
Curd rice or thayir sadam is a popular South Indian rice variety that is served with a South Indian meal or South Indian thali. This curd rice recipe is my go to method and one I often make as it is a favorite with my family. Vegan yogurt made from cashew milk, almond milk or coconut milk can be used instead of dairy curd.
Some More Sweets
We all love to have sweets during festivals. Right? There are so many sweets that you can make for the ugadi festival.
I have compiled below some more South Indian sweets recipes. While some are a breeze to make, some take more time and are not so easy.
Depending on your schedule and ingredient availability, choose any recipe that is the perfect fit for you.
Snacks and Savories
Some of the snacks listed below can be made a day ahead like murukku, thattai, kara boondi, ribbon pakoda and mixture.
Lunch or Dinner Ideas
Listed below are some traditional South Indian rice recipes that are made during various festivals.
This ugadi recipes post from the archives (March 2017) has been republished and updated on 12 April.