Food is an integral part of any celebration all over the world, regardless of culture or religion. It can unite and strengthen community bonds and helps to maintain a common identity among a group of people. Different countries use food in various ways to help celebrate special occasions like Diwali, Eid, Christmas, and Ugadi – a major festival for people in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
Since it brings the dawn of a new year, most of our age-old traditional delicacies for Ugadi are Pickle, Dal Vada, Kosambari, Palya (poriyal), Obbattu (PuranPoli), Obbattu Saaru, Mavinakayi Chitranna (Raw Mango Rice), Semiya Payasam (Semiya Kheer), Steamed Rice, Udupi Rasam and Tempered Curd.
We all relish these delicacies, but what’s the significance of eating them? Get all the details along with their health benefits in this article.
Spice up your Meal
Rasam is one of the most loved South Indian dishes, and Mysore Rasam is to die for! A tamarind based soup, Mysore Rasam has all the essential spices and is just right to boost your immune system. Spices tend to be very helpful in building a strong defence mechanism against viral infections. Apart from tamarind, Rasam also has the goodness of healthy ingredients like curry leaves, pepper, turmeric, and mustard seeds that have numerous health benefits.
Another favourite of South Indians is the Sambar, a south Indian vegetarian stew made of pulses and vegetables. A perfect match for idli, dosa and even rice, the Udupi style sambar is a fairly thick spicy extract of thuvar dal soured with tamarind and frequently contains soft vegetables like brinjal, drumstick, gourd, lady’s finger, coconut, and jaggery. A complete dish that provides various health-promoting benefits, Sambar’s refreshing flavours are a nationwide phenomenon. Plus, the thuvar dal is a good source of vegetarian protein, and with eggs, fish and meat out of the league, Sambar can prove to be more effective and impactful. Apart from being high on proteins, it is full of fibres, good indigestion, high immunity, and helps in burning weight.
Hesaru Bele Southekayi Kosambari is a South Indian style salad made from a mixture of raw, soaked pulses, coriander, carrot, cucumber, salt, and lime juice is a part of every festive meal and celebration. Since the Kosambari consists of ingredients that are all low in fat content, it can be used as a healthy snack that enables weight loss. It also contains a number of veggies that are high in fibre content, so they can stimulate the production of healthy digestive juices. While carrot can nourish your optic nerves effectively and boost eye health, the stomach-soothing enzymes present in the cucumber can neutralise the acids in the stomach to prevent acidity. You can also add pomegranate and sprouts to this raw mixture.
In The Deepest Pickle
Perfect for any South Indian celebration, the Andhra avakaya recipe is a delicious mango pickle that is made spicy and tasty with the addition of mustard seeds, methi seeds, garlic, red chillies and sesame oil. Loaded with many health benefits, avakaya is a preserved food containing chopped vegetables or fruit that are a rich source of antioxidants, increase the pickle’s nutritional value, and add a lot of flavour to it. Avakaya also contains a number of leafy vegetables like curry leaves, coriander, fenugreek, and mint. These leafy vegetables contain a number of essential vitamins like Vitamin C, A and K, and minerals like iron, calcium, and potassium, which are not provided in our routine diet, adequately. Hence, eating Indian pickles can suffice the requirement of these vitamins and minerals in your body. In addition, pickles also boost your immunity, improve digestion in your body, and protect your liver!
A healthy Sweet Treat
Ugadi is incomplete without Obbattu, also known as paruppupoli in Tamil, ubbati in Konkani, holige or obbattu in Kannada, and Puran Poli in Maharastra. A classic delicacy, South Indian Poli is made with whole wheat flour and a chana dal-jaggery mixture as a stuffing. If made with whole wheat flour, Obbattu is rich in complex carbs, fibre, gives b complex vitamins, certain minerals. Further, it also has a lot of jaggery, which contains iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and releases energy slowly, as it is digested slower than sugar. Additionally, the green cardamom powder, mace (javantri) powder, saffron, nutmeg powder has essential volatile oils, boosts digestion, and are carminative, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and anti-microbial.