Veppampoo pachadi

We normally celebrate every new beginning with sweets, but it is exceptional that we prepare bitter neem flower pachadi specially on our New Year usually falls on the 14th of April.

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On this day of Chithirai Vishu we used to have an elaborate lunch meal consisting of bitter neem flower pachadi, astringent raw jack fruit poriyal, tangy mixed vegetable aviyal, spicy rasam, sweet payasam, etc. of various flavors & textures. This tradition is being followed to encourage us to embrace each season.

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Veppam poo pachadi has a unique indistinctive taste as it is prepared using conflicting ingredients like bitter neem flowers & tangy unripe mango and also sweet jaggery & hot red chilli powder. Now lets move on to the recipe for veppam poo pachadi:

Time taken: 20 min.

Yields: 300 ml

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Ingredients:

  1. Unripe mangoes – 2 Nos. (small)
  2. Brinjal (eggplant/ kathrikkai) – 1 No.
  3. Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  4. Salt – ¼ tsp
  5. Powdered jaggery – ½ cup (100 g)
  6. Ghee – ½ tsp
  7. Dried neem flowers (veppam poo) – 1 tbsp

For tempering:

  1. Ghee – 1 tsp
  2. Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  3. Curry leaves – 1 sprig

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Cooking procedure:

  • Peel mangoes, chop them into thin slices as shown below.
  • Chop brinjal into thin slices.

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  • In a cooking bowl add mangoes, brinjal, red chilli powder and water (50 ml).
  • Microwave (alternatively cook them using pressure cooker on stove top for 5 min. after bringing to high pressure) them for 7 min.
  • Meanwhile fry neem flowers in ghee (½ tsp) in medium flame.
  • Powder them using mortar & pestle and leave aside.

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  • Prepare the tempering as below and keep aside.

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  • When mangoes & brinjal are cooked soft, add salt & powdered jaggery.
  • Mix them well and microwave for 3 min.
  • Now add tempering, powdered neem flowers and water (100 ml or more according to your required consistency) and cook for another 3 min.
  • Now sweet, sour & bitter veppam poo chadi is ready to serve.

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Please note:

  • My grandmother always preferred to make pachadi using unripe mangoes along with brinjals, as brinjals help to decrease vata dosha aggravated by unripe mango.
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93 Comments Add yours

  1. PS says:

    Interesting combinations, It’s completely new to me.I like the pictorial presentation, very well done.Thank you for sharing this. Happy New Year to you and your family!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much !

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    1. Megala says:

      Ahh, extremely happy to hear this, thanks a lot!

  3. Shilpa Nairy says:

    Even we celebrate new year on 14th April at native. 🙂 Traditional recipe!

    1. Megala says:

      Oh, thats nice, thanks !

  4. Savvy Raj says:

    Belated but Happy Vishu . Love that line Embrace all the seasons of change ! …such a distinct dish indeed! And what a way of teaching through tastes in that green leaf spread 😊Thank you for your beautiful post of our traditional gem of a recipe .

    1. Megala says:

      I’m so glad that you liked this post, thanks a bunch ! 🙂

      1. Savvy Raj says:

        💙👌💙

  5. My Real Dish says:

    I’m loving the combo of eggplant and mango! I didn’t know about the April New Year! Happy New Year!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much !

  6. Clara says:

    I loved that recipe. I really want to do it, but I found it a bit complicated. But I’ll try to do it anyway, because it seems to be very delicious.

    1. Megala says:

      Nice to hear this, thanks a lot ! 🙂

  7. Wow! Such a unique dish…mango & brinjal. Sounds and looks really delicious Megala

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, indeed ! Thanks !!

  8. gohealthy says:

    A very interesting pachadi! Thanks for sharing, Megala!

    1. Megala says:

      My pleasure !

  9. Rini says:

    Lovely looking dish! Happy New Year Megala!

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you so much !

  10. jyo says:

    This Pachadi is totally new to me, never heard about eggplant, mango and neem flower combo…really brilliant share💯 and well presented Megala✔ Happy New Year to u and your family❤

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks a lot !

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