Accoding to Gregorian Calendar “puthandu” is celebrated on April 13 or 14 th every year.The 14th of April is the beginning of the first month Chittirai of the Tamil year (Vikrudhi year), which is celebrated as the New Year. This day is also popular as Varusha Pirappuv.This is an auspicious day for all Tamilians. The food eaten on the day is “Maanga Pachadi” .This dish is made of mangoes(pulippu),jaggery(enippu),neem flowers(kasappu),salt(uvarppu),chilli(karam) and tamarind(thuvarppu).It depicts that life has to face everything from success todefeat.Children are highly excited at the time of puthandu as they receive small gifts or cash from their parents and relatives.
Raw Mango – 1 Pealed and cut into small pieces
Jaggery – a small piece, crushed
Water – approx 3/4 cup
Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds – 1/3 tsp
Cumin seeds – 1/3 tsp
Tamarind lemon sized
Salt, to taste
Oil – 1/2 tsp
Heat oil in a pan and season with mustard, cumin seeds and Red chilies.