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Mango Neemflower Pachadi - A Tamil New Year Recipe

posted 21 Nov 2012, 02:18 by R A   [ updated 21 Nov 2012, 02:23 ]
Tamil New Year, or Chittirai Varuda Pirappu is round the corner and one of the main dishes that is made on this day is Mango Neem Flower Pachidi.

The neem flower can be dried and added after frying in ghee or can be add fresh. 

Mango - 1 medium sized
Asafodeita - 1 pinch
Salt - To taste
Turmeric Powder - 1 pinch
Green Chillies - 2 nos
Jaggery - 1/2 cup
Mustard Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Oil or Ghee - 1 tbsp
Neem Flowers- 1 tbsp (fresh or dried) 

Method to make Mango Neem Flower Pachidi:
Wash and peel mangoes. Cook mangoes in 1 cup of water turmeric powder and 1/2 of salt. When the mangoes are soft remove and let it cool. In 1/4 cup of water add salt and stir well till it dissolves. Strain it through a sieve to remove impurities. Add fresh neem flowers and let it boil. When the jaggery thickens add the cooked mango to it.

Temper mustard seeds, green chillies in oil or ghee.

The neem flowers can be added while tempering too. The pachidi can be decorated with finely chopped coriander leaves.