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30+ Recipes for Ugadi 2023

This year Telugu New Year also known as Ugadi is Wednesday , March 22nd .  It is usually celebrated with the reading of the New Years' almanac and traditional foods. You can read more about our celebrations from previous years here:  2014 ,   2015 ,   2016 ,   2018 ,  2019 ,   2020 ,  2021 , 2022 , 2023 . Here are a few recipes to add to your table:

Varalakshmi Vratham Recipes & Suggested Menu

This year Varalakshmi Vratham is celebrated on Friday, 12th August 2022.

Varalakshmi Vratham is an important puja performed on the Friday in August before the Full Moon, by married women in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu. The puja is dedicated to the Goddess Lakshmi, the mother goddess that gives blessings, and grants wealth in its various forms. It is believed that worshipping Goddess Varalakshmi on this day is equivalent to worshiping her eight forms known as Ashtalakshmi; they are Adilakshmi - Great Lakshmi, Dhanalakshmi - Wealth, Dhanyalakshmi - Grain, Gajalakshmi - Livestock, Santanalakshmi - Progeny, Veeralakshmi - Courage, Vidyalakshmi - Knowledge, and Vijayalakshmi - Victory.

Each family's puja rites and customs are past down from Mother-in-Law to Daughter-in-Law with the hope for continued prosperity and health for the family. Amma taught me their traditions on her first visit to the US. On this day, a variety of foods are offered as naivedhyam to please the Goddess so tasting during preparation or eating the food before offering it to God is strictly forbidden. The food is first placed before God and prayers are offered. After the rituals, the food is considered blessed and sanctified by God (prasad), and can then be consumed.

It is good to follow your families particular customs but traditionally 5, 7, or 9 dishes are prepared without the use of  ginger, garlic, onion or chili. In our case we prepare 5 dishes, a mix of sweet and savory, without ginger, garlic, or onion. 

Here is a recipe list and some suggested easy menus, some of these recipes include chili, garlic, ginger, and onion, omit them or replace with asafetida (Hing) for garlic and onion, and black pepper for green chili.

Appetizers & Snacks

Here are some suggested Menu's using the Recipes mentioned above.
5 Dish Menu

7 Dish Menu

9 Dish Menu

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