Bevu Bella | Ugadi PachadiBevu bella – a super-simple Ugadi (New Year) special pachadi, more like a drink prepared with six different ingredients. Here is my mom’s bevu bella recipe with a short video. 

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Ugadi | Yugadi

Ugadi or yugadi is Kannada/Telugu New Year is the New Year’s Day for the people of Karnataka, Andhra, and Telangana. The New Year is celebrated in other states, too, under different names. In my Ugadi festive thali post, I mentioned that Yugadi means Yuga (age) + adi (beginning). The Ugadi day is the beginning of the new age/year.Along with several other delicacies, we also make this simple bevu bella, aka Ugadi pachadi.

Bevu bella

Bevu in kannada means neem flower, and bella is jaggery. This recipe varies from family to family, and this is how my mom makes it, and I am sharing the same here. The ingredients used in bevu bella symbolize different emotions/experiences – sadness, happiness, anger, fear, disgust, surprise. Having this Ugadi pachadi on New Year’s day signifies that we should accept all emotions and experiences equanimity. 

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Ingredients used and their significance

We add these six ingredients. 

  1. Dried Neem Flowers for bitterness, signifying sadness. You can add fresh ones too. In the US, it’s hard to source fresh ones, so I opt for dried ones. 
  2. Jaggery for sweetness which signifies happiness.
  3. Green chili for its heat signifying anger.
  4. Salt for saltiness signifies fear.
  5. Tamarind paste/juice for its sourness signifying disgust.
  6. Raw mango for its tang signifying surprise.

Typically we take a small amount of these ingredients and mix it with ⅓ to ½ cup of water and offer it to God as neivediyam and have a tbsp of it after the pooja. 

Watch me make bevu bella

PS – I have added ½ cup water but in the video, I have mentioned ¼ cup. It’s a typo. Add water to taste. We have a very small amount and there is no set measure.

How to make bevu bella

  • Heat a small pan or the tempering kadai, add the ¼ tsp neem flowers, and dry roast it for 45 to 60 seconds.
  • Add all the ingredients and ¼ cup of water to a bowl and mix well. Ensure salt and jaggery have combined well. That’s it; the pachadi is ready.

Recipe notes

  • You can add finely chopped raw mangoes, but my mom usually grates them or pounds them to blend well in the pachadi.
  • Use fresh neem flowers if you can source them. 
  • Instead of tamarind paste, you can also use a small piece of tamarind. Soak it in ¼ cup of water and extract the juice. Use that as the base liquid for the pachadi and add the other ingredients. 
ugadi pachadi served in silver bowl on two napkins and flowers on the sideugadi pachadi served in silver bowl on two napkins and flowers on the side

Explore other simple Ugadi-special dishes

While you can make an elaborate Ugadi feast, when time is pressing, I make these four dishes along with bisibelebath.

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📖 Recipe

Bevu Bella | Ugadi Pachadi

Bevu bella – a super-simple Ugadi (New Year) special pachadi, more like a drink prepared with six different ingredients.

Prep Time5 mins

Cook Time1 min

Total Time6 mins

Course: condiments

Cuisine: South Indian

Servings: 4

Calories: 10kcal

Ingredients

Measurement Details: 1 tbsp = 15ml; 1 tsp = 5ml; 1 cup = 240ml;

Instructions

  • Heat a small pan or the tempering kadai, add the ¼ tsp neem flowers, and dry roast it for 45 to 60 seconds.

  • Add all the ingredients and ¼ cup of water to a bowl and mix well. Ensure salt and jaggery have combined well. That’s it; the pachadi is ready.

Video

Notes

  • You can add finely chopped raw mangoes, but my mom usually grates them or pounds them to blend well in the pachadi.
  • Use fresh neem flowers if you can source them. 
  • Instead of tamarind paste, you can also use a small piece of tamarind. Soak it in ¼ cup of water and extract the juice. Use that as the base liquid for the pachadi and add the other ingredients. 
  • Add water to taste. We have a very small amount and there is no set measure.

 

Nutrition

Calories: 10kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 184mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

I am not a nutritionist. The nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It varies depending upon the product types or brands.

Update Notes: Earlier posted in 2015, now updated the post with video, recipe card and new pictures.
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