Gudi Padwa Delicacies

  • By Archana Marathe
  • March 31, 2022
  • Know about five delicacies made during Gudi Padwa and what all goes into making them.

Festivals in India celebrate all that Nature provides. They are linked to nature’s cycle of seasons, each festival marks the onset of a new beginning. 


“It indicates the celebration of the first day of the Hindu New Year called Gudi Padva or Dhwajaropan Day which falls on the first day of the month of Chaitra and is regarded to be very auspicious. Usually it comes in the month of March-April.).”


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Gudi Padwa marks the beginning of the harvest season and is celebrated with much fervour in Maharashtra. While Konkanis celebrate it as Samvatsar Amvatsar Padvo, the Andhras, Chitrapur and Gaud Saraswats call the New Hindu Year Ugadi, meaning the beginning of the yuga.


Dominated by the season flavour, a typical Maharashtrian plate is very simple yet colourful. A number of typically traditional delicacies are prepared in a Maharashtrian home to celebrate Gudi Padwa.


1. Shrikhand


Tasty and easy Shrikhand or Amrakhand is the most dominant dish found in almost all homes in Maharashtra on Gudi Padwa day. Summer knocking, this indeed adds coolness to the taste buds. Traditionally shrikhand is made using hung curd (also known as Chakka in Marathi), a homemade yogurt that is drained of any whey.


But today homemade yogurt is sometimes substituted with Greek Yogurt. Simple looking, it suddenly becomes a creamy, stunning pudding once you flavour it with Kesar elaichi (Saffron Cardamom). Since Gudi Padwa falls during the mango fruit season, many homes add fresh mango pulp to this shrikhand and WHOA! Shrikhand becomes Amrakhand. One serving of shrikhand made with hung curd is packed with 20% protein and over 30% of calcium.


2. Puranpoli  


One of the most famous and sweet delicacies of Maharashtra is Puran Poli.  


This unleavened flatbread is prepared with refined flour and rolled out with a filling of cooked and mashed chana dal with the goodness of jaggery. Puran polis literally float in lots of ghee and simply melt in your mouth.


3. Neem Chutney 


It is mandatory to begin the day with neem leaves. Not only bathing with neem water, neem leaves are pounded to make a chutney. Neem leaves being bitter, it is impossible to consume this chutney if not for adding a bit of Jaggery.


Since we face extreme heat, it is believed to purify the blood and strengthen the body's immune system. In a deeper sense it signifies control over our senses. Medicinally speaking neem leaves have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties. 


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4. Raw Mango Dal (Waatli Dal or Kairichi Dal) 


Since this is typically mango season Gudi padwa is incomplete without the presence of Mango. Prepared with cooked Bengal gram or chana Dal, Raw Mango or Kairi is grated to be mixed with the dal. It is seasoned with mustard seeds, curry leaves, turmeric, hing (asafoetida), grated coconut and coriander. It leaves our taste buds with a lingering sweet and tangy taste.


5. Kothimbir Wadi


Another Maharashtrian delight, Kothimbir Vadi are crispy fritters.


Coriander leaves or Kothimbir in Marathi are first steamed. It is then mixed with besan or gram flour, dhaniya or coriander power, jeera or cumin seeds powder, turmeric and chilli powder. Making small tikkis (croquettes), these are fried and then tossed in seasonings and spices.


Apart from these, Kurdai (summer special snack that looks like SEV-made from soaked wheat and drying the dough in the summer heat), salads, Lentil or tomato soup, Masala Bhaat or Rice with pickles, papads, complete the yummy Gudi Padwa meal!

Also read

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3. Five delicious Bihu festival recipes

4. Good article on Ugadi, Gudi Padwa and Mopin harvest festivals


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