Ugadi / Gudi Padva Dishes

Puran Poli / Obbattu (Maharashtra, Karnataka)

Puran PoliIngredients:

  • 300 gms chana dal
  • 300 gms jaggery
  • 1 tsp. cardamom powder
  • 150 gms plain flour
  • 1 tbsp. ghee
  • Warm water to knead the dough
  • Ghee to serve


Boil dal in plenty of water till soft but not broken. Drain in a colander and pass through an almond grater till all the dal is grated. Mash jaggery till there are no lumps left. Mix this well into the dal. Put mixture in a heavy saucepan and cook till a soft lump is formed. Take care to stir continuously, so as not to char. Keep aside. (This is for the filling)

Mix ghee, flour; add enough water to make soft pliable dough. Make a small ball of the dough, roll into a four inch circle. Place a similar sized ball of filling in the centre, close all around and seal. Reroll carefully to a six inch diameter circle. Roast on warm griddle till golden brown. Repeat other side. Take on serving plate. Apply a tsp. of ghee all over top. Serve hot with milk and ghee.

Note: The water drained from boiling dal is used to make the amti (obbattu saaru – a thin curry made using garam masala and some mashed dal.)

Chana Usal

Chana UsalIngredients:

  • 1 cup sprouted chana cooked
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1/2 tsp. garam masala
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed cumin seeds
  • Salt to taste

Grind to a paste:

  • 1 small bunch fresh coriander
  • 8-10 green chilies
  • 1/2 cup fresh coconut grated

Heat oil in a large heavy vessel. Add paste and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add 3 cups water and bring to a boil. Add all other ingredients, stir and boil. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook till oil separates, floats on top and chanas are soft.

Sonth (Ginger) Panak (Maharashtra)

Sonth PanakIngredients:

  • 4 tsp. wheat flour
  • 125 gms. jaggery grated
  • 1 tbsp. ginger powder
  • 1 tbsp. grated dried coconut
  • 1 tbsp. almonds pounded coarsely
  • 1/2 tsp. cardamom powder
  • 4 tbsp. ghee

Heat 2 tbsp. ghee in a pan, add flour. Let it cook till light brown. Empty and keep aside. In the same pan, add remaining ghee, add jaggery, mix. Cook till all jaggery has melted to a smooth paste. Do not overcook or else sonth will get hardened. Remove from fire, add all ingredients.

Coconut Milk Kheer

Coconut Milk KheerIngredients:

  • 5 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup boiled milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp rice
  • 1/2 tsp. cardamom powder
  • 5 pistachios crushed coarsely
  • 10 almonds crushed coarsely.

Bring to boil the coconut milk. Add rice, and let it cook fully. Add boiled milk. Allow the mixture to become semi-solid. Add sugar and stir till it dissolves. Add remaining ingredients. Serve hot.

Masala Vada

Masala VadaIngredients:

  • Chana dal 500 gms
  • Peanuts 50 gms
  • Urad dal 50 gms
  • Ginger grated 1 tsp
  • Small cut green chillies 5-6
  • Red chillies 5-6
  • Coriander leaves 1 bunch
  • Small bunch curry leaves
  • Fresh grated coconut – 1 cup
  • Salt
  • Oil for deep frying

Soak separately chana dal, peanuts and urad dal in water for about 2 hrs. Grind coarsely chana dal, peanuts and urad dal together. Mix all the above ingredients and shape it like a vada and deep fry.

Koshambir (Kosambri Salad)


  • Moong dal 100 gms
  • 2 cucumbers
  • Carrot 1 grated
  • Salt
  • 1 lemon
  • Green chilly 5-6
  • Coriander leaves small bunch

Soak moong dal in water for 1 hr., drain the dal, and mix to it finely cut cucumber, grated carrots, lemon juice, salt, coriander leaves. For seasoning heat oil in a small kadai, add mustard, cut green chillies, curry leaves. Mix it to the salad.

Kabuli Chana Usal

Kabuli Chana UsalIngredients:

  • 100 gms Kabuli chana soaked overnight
  • Lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • ½ inch ginger grated
  • Mustard seeds
  • Jeera
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 small bunch fresh coriander
  • 8-10 green chillies
  • 1 cup fresh coconut, grated

First cook Kabuli chana in a cooker. Heat oil, add mustard, jeera, curry leaves, green chilli, ginger, boiled and cooked Kabuli chana. Garnish with lemon juice, salt, coconut, and coriander leaves.

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