Savour Maangai Pacchadi’s Five Flavours Of Life With This Recipe, Perfect To Start The New Year

Embrace the Tamil New Year's essence through this tangy-sweet creation.

by Mallika Khurana
Savour Maangai Pacchadi’s Five Flavours Of Life With This Recipe, Perfect To Start The New Year

As the world bids adieu to one year and embraces the dawn of another, cultures worldwide unite in vibrant celebrations, often marked by cherished traditions and culinary delights. Among the rich tapestry of New Year customs, Tamil culture in India stands adorned with a symbolic and flavourful tradition—the revered Maangai Pacchadi, a tantalising raw mango dip. Its significance transcends the realms of taste, weaving together a tale of cultural heritage, symbolism, and the profound essence of life itself.

Maangai Pacchadi And The Tamil New Year Tradition

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The significance of Maangai Pacchadi lies in its blend of flavours, which represent life’s varied experiences. This dish combines five essential tastes—sweetness, sourness, bitterness, spiciness, and saltiness—symbolizing the different emotions and experiences people go through in life. These flavours are derived from ingredients like raw mango (sourness), jaggery (sweetness), neem flowers or leaves (bitterness), green chilli (spiciness), and salt.

In essence, Maangai Pacchadi isn’t just a dip; it’s a celebration of life’s bittersweet symphony, inviting all to savour the complexities, cherish the moments, and embark on a new year with hope, resilience, and a zest for all the flavours life has to offer.

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The Perfect Sweet And Spicy Recipe

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Here’s a basic recipe for Maangai Pacchadi:


  • 1 large raw mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup jaggery, grated or chopped
  • 2-3 green chillies, finely chopped
  • A handful of neem flowers or a few neem leaves (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • Salt to taste
  • Water


  1. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. Allow them to splutter.
  2. Add chopped green chillies and sauté for a minute.
  3. Add the chopped raw mango pieces and sauté for a couple of minutes.
  4. Pour some water into the pan (just enough to cover the mango pieces) and cook until the mangoes soften. This might take about 8–10 minutes on medium heat.
  5. Once the mangoes are soft, add grated or chopped jaggery to the pan and mix well.
  6. Add a pinch of asafoetida (hing) and salt to taste. Stir until the jaggery melts and combines with the mango.
  7. If using neem flowers or leaves, add them to the mixture and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  8. Let the mixture cool down to room temperature.

Maangai Pacchadi is ready to serve! It can be enjoyed as a side dish or accompaniment to the festive New Year meal. The balance of flavours in this dish represents the belief in embracing life with all its contrasts and experiences.

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