Ugadi & Talimpu Anniversary

23 Mar


Its 5 years everybody. 5 long years since i have been adding a recipe to talimpu every day ( well almost everyday).
I have so much to say and as usual i end up not transforming that into writing. But in any case i will try.

First of all thank you so much to each one of you for visiting and trying out the recipes and for the feedback.
I truly appreciate it.

This year was definitely challenging in terms of
I had crazy nights during past few months if not the whole year.
There are times I would wake up at 2 AM and make a recipe so I can post it to instantly.

Thanks to my co sister(Sowji) who is always a phone call way for a recipe or for an idea of the recipe.
Thanks to all my readers and friends for the emails and comments and for patience and understanding that you have been showing all these years.
Thanks to Tez for being there when i needed.

Finally thanks to mom n dad for the tips n tricks and for always believing in me.

Last but not least, huge thanks to my dear husband for all his help and support.
Talimpu wouldn’t have been possible without you hubby.

If you have come this far, then thank you so much once again.

Hope you are enjoying as much as you used to or may be little more than that.
Please keep visiting and keep experimenting and have fun.


Happy Talimpu Anniversary and a very Happy Ugadi to all my visitors.

Ugadi Pachadi is a combination of 6 tastes. Bitter / Chedu (from neem flowers), Sweet / Teepi (from jaggery), Sour / Pulupu ( from tamarind), Salty / Uppu ( from salt), Spicy / Karam ( from green chile) and ogaru / astringent (from tender mango).
Makes : around 2 Cups of Ugadi Pachadi.


Neem Flowers 2 Tbsps (Fresh or Dried)
Tender Raw Green Mango 1 – 2
Fresh Coconut 3 (4 inch Pieces)
Jaggery 1/4 Cup (Grated)
Tamarind 3 – 4 inch Sized Ball
Red Chili Powder a Pinch
Salt a Pinch

Method of preparation:

Soak tamarind in a 1 1/2 Cups of water and extract all the thick pulp.
Strain the tamarind and collect all the liquid in a mixing bowl.
Add grated jaggery to the mixing bowl which has the tamarind liquid.
If using dried neem leaves, soak in few tablespons of warm water before adding to the above mixing bowl.

Wash and finely chop the raw mango discarding the seed.
Finely chop the fresh coconut pieces.
Mix all other ingredients into tamarind and jaggery liquid.
Mix thoroughly and adjust any seasoning if required.
Serve a small bowl full of ugadi pachadi.
Notes: If using banana, make sure to add it just before serving.

Suggestions: Adjust the amount of ingredients to make it more sweet, sour or spicy. Pluck the leaves of the neem flowers and add it for much milder bitterness.
Variations: Mashed banana can also be added to ugadi pachadi. You can also add chopped sugarcane, roasted chana dal, …
Other Names: Ugadi Pachadi

15 Responses to “Ugadi & Talimpu Anniversary”

  1. jaya March 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    Happy Ugadi raji..and congratulatins once again for maintaing such a beautiful web site talimpu..and helping lots of pepople when they r in confusion what to cook, by giving a qick glance then can find some recipie in ur website..keep rocking


    call me some time yarr when ur free..

  2. sandhya March 23, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

    Thanks Raji
    for the great work you do. Its my sure shot , one stop solution for good cooking ideas.

  3. Ganga108 March 23, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

    Happy anniversary! I love your daily recipes and admire your dedication and persistence. Thank you – I often get inspiration from your blog.

  4. Sanjeeta KK March 23, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    Congrats for such a wonderful 5 years of blogging, adding a recipe a day means a lot in terms of dedication and passion towards food. And You are an awesome foodie. Wishing you many..many years of successful blogging.
    Love this pachdi and wait eagerly for Ugadi to savor my MIL’s prep…like the bitter, sweet and sour taste in it.

  5. Raji March 23, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    @Kutti thank you so much for visiting everyday. please keep visiting and thx for the comment.
    @jaya thanks dear for lovely comment. just emailed you.
    @sandhya thank you so much
    @Ganga108 so happy to see your comment and thank you so much for wonderful comment. Miss your tweets these days
    @Sanjeeta KK thanks a ton for the lovely comment. I can be very lazy at times and definitely shows another side of me. njoy ur MIL’s prep btw.

  6. kshiti March 24, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    congratulations on yur anniversary! i really relish recipes given here and thank you for giving authentic south indian recipes.

  7. indira March 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Hearty Congratulations on the successful completion 5 years of recipe posting, that too, in the most interesting and appetizing way. Keep going. We are all here to support Talimpu.

  8. Niranjala Kumari Galhenage March 24, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    Congratulations Raji, I really enjoy reading your recepies, but I must confess I have not tried all of them but make a note and file the ones I want to try in my Recipe Folder. Please tell me a little bit about you. Where exactly do you live? I want to write my own cookery book one day, with my own experiments. I love combining Indian and Sri Lankan ingredients in my recipes. I sometimes don’t understand the Indian words for ingredients and would suggest that you publish a list in English.

    Thanks. Keep it up, great work and please continue to entertain your readers. I have forwarded you site to my friends too.

    I live in Australia and I am of Sri Lankan (Sinhalese)origin.

  9. padmaja ravindranath March 25, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    congratulations,HAPPY UGADI.

  10. Vijaya Murthi. March 25, 2012 at 6:01 am #

    Thanks Raji for a great cooking website !
    The recipes are simple , well explained & the photos do full justice !
    Congratulations on completing 5 years !
    More power to you !

  11. samrajya March 25, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    happy ugadhi &happy thallimpu’s 5th annuvrsary.

  12. smita March 26, 2012 at 3:34 am #

    hi your recipes are nice i keep on trying delicious

  13. swarna mani March 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    Congrats Raji…Talimpu is One of the best indian food blog out there

  14. uma March 29, 2012 at 12:37 am #

    nice recipes…..thanks and congratulations on completion of five years..

  15. laila naseem May 1, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    thank u 4 including me as part of the family, i have thoroughly enjoyed trying and reading your recipes, happy 5th birthday, stay blessed

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