Ugadi Recipes | 50 Ugadi Festival Recipes

Find a curated collection of 50 popular recipes that you can make for Ugadi festival. Ugadi is one of the most important festival celebrated in the Indian states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. This year Ugadi is on 13 April 2021.

vector image signifying ugadi festival

What is Ugadi Festival

Ugadi is celebrated as a new year by the people of the Telugu and Kannada communities in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka. In Maharashtra, this new year festival is known as Gudi Padwa.

One of the most important dish that is made during Ugadi is Ugadi Pachadi. Ugadi pachadi signifies all the six tastes – sweet, salty, spicy, sour, astringent and bitter.

The six ingredients included in making Ugadi pachadi have these one taste in each one of them. These six tastes correspond to the six emotions of life which everyone goes through – joy, sadness, anger, fear, disgust and surprise.

In Karnataka, a mixture of neem leaves and jaggery is consumed. This is known as bevu bella, where ‘bevu’ means neem flowers and ‘bella’ means jaggery in kannada language.

Apart from Ugadi pachadi other sweets and snacks are also made. Here in this collection I have shared recipes that you can make for Ugadi festival. I have divided the collection list into the popular ugadi recipes, sweets that you can make for ugadi festival and lunch and dinner ideas.

Wishing all who celebrate a Happy Ugadi.

Note that some recipes may have onions and garlic. Omit adding onions and garlic if you make a satvik meal or if you plan to offer the food to the deities.

50 Ugadi Recipes

Find below some of the essential and popular recipes for this festival. This section includes sweets, savories as well as rice based dishes.

Easy 10 mins

Ugadi Pachadi Recipe

Ugadi pachadi is one of the most important dish that is made during Ugadi festival. It is a festive food drink containing six ingredients having the six tastes. Ugadi pachadi comprises of six tastes that correspond with the six emotions of life.
poornam boorelu served on a green colored plate with text layovers.
Moderate 40 mins

Poornam Boorelu Recipe

Poornam boorelu – deep fried snack made with a stuffing of chana dal+jaggery and coated with rice+urad dal batter.
yellow colored lemon rice served in a white bowl on a white cotton cloth
Easy 25 mins

Lemon Rice Recipe | Chitranna Recipe

Lemon Rice also known as Chitranna or Nimmakaya Pulihora is a crunchy, flavorful and tangy rice dish that is easy to make and tastes so good. Fresh lemon juice, fried nuts, fragrant herbs and spices combine perfectly to give this steamed rice an amazing spicy, tangy and nutty flavor.
curd rice garnished with chopped coriander leaves, fresh pomegranate arils and fried sun dried chili and served in a wooden bowl.
20 mins

Curd Rice

Curd rice or thayir sadam is a popular South Indian rice variety that is served with a South Indian meal or South Indian thali. This curd rice recipe is my go to method and one I often make as it is a favorite with my family. Vegan yogurt made from cashew milk, almond milk or coconut milk can be used instead of dairy curd.
Easy 20 mins

Sweet Pongal | Sakkarai Pongal

Sweet Pongal or sakkarai pongal is a creamy, sweet festive dish made with rice, mung lentils, jaggery and flavored with cardamoms, dry fruits and ghee.
paal payasam garnished with dried rose petal chiffonade in a brass bowl with text layovers.
Moderate 1 hr

Paal Payasam | Rice Payasam

Paal Payasam is a simple South Indian variant of a slow cooked rice pudding made with only 4 ingredients. This recipe is of a typical Tamil style Rice Payasam that is creamy and delicious.
tamarind rice recipe, puliyodharai recipe
1 hr

Tamarind Rice

Puliyodharai is a popular South Indian recipe of sour and spiced rice.
closeup shot of kesari served in dark green plate
Moderate 25 mins

Kesari Recipe

Rava kesari is a delicious melt in the mouth sweet made with rava or suji (semolina), ghee, dry fruits and saffron. It is a popular South Indian sweet and can be easily made in less time. 
medu vada stacked neatly in green lined beige colored plate
Moderate 4 hrs 40 mins

Medu Vada Recipe | Sambar Vada (Uzhunnu Vada)

Medu vada are crisp and fried doughnut shaped fritters made with black gram (urad dal), herbs and spices. These urad dal vada are also known as Garelu in Andhra, Uzhunnu Vada in Kerala, Uddina Vada in Kannada and Medhu Vadai, Ulundu Vadai in Tamil.
kesari bath recipe, kesari bhath recipe
20 mins

kesari bath

Rava kesari bath recipe – rich Karnataka style sweet made with rava (cream of wheat), sugar, dry fruits and ghee

Some More Sweets

We all love to have sweets during festivals. Right? There are so many sweets that you can make for the ugadi festival.

I have compiled below some more South Indian sweets recipes. While some are a breeze to make, some take more time and are not so easy.

Depending on your schedule and ingredient availability, choose any recipe that is the perfect fit for you.

semiya payasam garnished with cashews and raisins in a brass bowl
Easy 20 mins

Semiya Payasam Recipe

Semiya payasam is a creamy, sweet vermicelli pudding from the South Indian cuisine. This cardamom scented vermicelli payasam recipe comes together in 20 minutes and can be made by beginners too.
coconut ladoo placed in a circle and in the center on a white plate on a red table
Moderate 15 mins

Coconut Ladoo | Nariyal ke Laddu (3 Variations)

Make coconut ladoo with three recipes. The first one is a quick 3 ingredient recipe made with fresh coconut, milkmaid and cardamom powder. The second recipe has 2 ingredients – desiccated coconut and condensed milk. The third recipe is made with desiccated coconut and sugar.
rava ladoo in a circle with lit earthern lamp in center on a bronze plate
Moderate 30 mins

Rava Laddu | Suji Ke Laddu | Rava Ladoo

An easy method to make rava laddu for Diwali or any festival. This rava ladoo also known as suji ke laddu is made with rava (sooji or semolina), coconut, powdered sugar, dry fruits and ghee.
7 cup burfi
Moderate 30 mins

7 Cup Burfi | 7 Cups Sweet

7 cup burfi is a easy and delicious South Indian sweet made with gram flour, ghee, fresh coconut, milk and sugar. It is also known as 7 cup cake or 7 cups sweet as it is made with 7 measures of ingredients.
coconut burfi slices on a white platter with a rakhi in the background.
Moderate 1 hr 25 mins

Coconut Burfi | Nariyal ki Barfi

This Coconut Burfi is a delish, melt in the mouth fudge made with sweetened condensed milk, milk, and desiccated coconut. 
cubes of mysore pak on a wooden serving tray on a table.
Difficult 25 mins

Mysore Pak Recipe

Mysore pak is a popular and super delicious Indian sweet from the city of Mysore in the Karnataka state in South India. Mysore pak is made with only three ingredients – gram flour, ghee and sugar. It is rich, luxurious and melt in the mouth sweet.
top shot of six boondi laddu in pink muffin liners on a white plate placed on pink napkin
Difficult 35 mins

Boondi Laddu (Boondi ke Ladoo)

Boondi laddu is a popular Indian sweet made by combining lovely little bits of fried and sugar-soaked batter (made with gram flour) with seeds and fragrant spices. Each bite is a delightful blend of smooth, soft, and melt-in-the mouth texture.
badam halwa recipe, badam ka halwa recipe
Moderate 1 hr 5 mins

Badam Halwa

Badam ka halwa is a rich, luxuruous and popular South Indian style delicious halwa made with blanched almonds, ghee and sugar. This recipe gives you one of best almond halwa that you can make.
aval laddu recipe, poha laddu recipe, atukula laddu recipe
15 mins

aval laddu

Aval laddu are delicious ladoo made with thick poha (flattened rice or parched rice), jaggery and ghee.
til ladoo recipe, til gud ke ladoo recipe
20 mins

til gud ke ladoo

Til gud ke ladoo is easy recipe of delicious ladoos made with sesame seeds, peanuts, desiccated coconut and jaggery.
sabudana kheer recipe
Easy 35 mins

Sabudana Kheer

Sabudana kheer is a sweet pudding made with tapioca pearls or sabudana, milk and sugar.
puran poli folded and served on a green color plate.
Moderate 2 hrs

Puran Poli Recipe

Puran Poli is a sweet flatbread stuffed with a sweet lentil filling made from hulled and spilt bengal gram/chana dal, jaggery and ground spices. This traditional recipe is from the Maharashtrian cuisine.
puran poli recipe
Moderate 1 hr 30 mins

Bobbatlu Recipe

Bobbatlu or Holige or obbattu are sweet flat breads made with chana dal stuffing or tuvar dal stuffing. This bobbatlu recipe is one of the best bobbatlu made with a spiced chana dal stuffing. 
wheat appam recipe, sweet paniyaram recipe with wheat flour, instant wheat paniyaram recipe
35 mins

Wheat Appam

These are instant appams made with whole wheat flour, jaggery and bananas.
20 mins

pasi paruppu payasam

Delicious creamy moong dal payasam made with yellow moong lentils, jaggery and coconut milk.
20 mins

Aval Payasam

Delicious poha kheer or payasam made with flattened rice, ghee and milk.

Snacks and Savories

Some of the snacks listed below can be made a day ahead like murukku, thattai, kara boondi, ribbon pakoda and mixture.

punugulu recipe
Moderate 30 mins


Punugulu are spiced and crisp fritters made from idli dosa batter. Quick snack from the Andhra cuisine.
four murukku pieces in a metal jar
Moderate 50 mins

Murukku Recipe | Murukulu Recipe

Murukku is a popular South Indian crunchy and crispy snack made with rice flour and lentil flour. It is also known as murukulu, chakralu and jantikalu in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
butter murukku served in a cane bowl with text layovers.
Moderate 30 mins

Butter Murukku | Butter Chakli

Butter Murukku is a South Indian fried snack made with butter and rice flour. It can also be called Butter Chakli. This recipe is surely for the win as it is scrumptious and tasty.
thattai placed on parchment paper in a cane bowl.
Moderate 40 mins

Thattai Recipe | Thattu Vadai

Thattai or Thattu Vadai are deep-fried crispy rice crackers served as a snack and made during festivals like Krishna Jayanthi (Gokulashtmi) or Diwali. Thattai are made with rice flour, spices and herbs having a spiced, crunchy and crispy taste.
kara boondi served in a red-rimmed white ceramic bowl with text layovers.
45 mins

Kara Boondi

Kara boondi is a spiced version of boondi and a mixture consisting of boondi, peanuts, cashews, curry leaves and a few spices.
madras mixture served in a red-rimmed white ceramic bowl with text layovers.
Moderate 1 hr 15 mins

Mixture Recipe | Madras Mixture

One of the popular South Indian snacks made during Diwali is this Madras Mixture Recipe which is basically a mix of various edible ingredients, nuts and dry fruits. It is also called as Omapodi Mixture.
ribbon pakoda served in a cane basket.
Moderate 30 mins

Ribbon Pakoda | Ribbon Murukku

Ribbon Pakoda or Ribbon Murukku are fried crisp ribbon shaped savory snack from South India. They are easy to prepare and tastes good too. They are also known as ola pakoda or nada thenkuzhal.
dal vada arranged neatly on a white plate next to a small white bowl of red chutney
Moderate 2 hrs 35 mins

Dal Vada | Masala Vada | Parippu Vada

Dal Vada also known as Parippu Vada or Chana Dal Vada or Masala Vada are savory, spiced, crunchy fritters that are a popular street food in South India. Gluten-free and vegan.
mix dal vada recipe, urad dal moong dal vada recipe
6 hrs 40 mins

mix dal vada recipe

Mixed dal vada recipe – tasty vadas made from urad dal (black gram) or moong dal (green gram).
overhead shot of white plate having halved mysore bonda showing the fluffy texture on top of remaining bonda next to a side of light green coconut chutney
Moderate 8 hrs 30 mins

Mysore Bonda Recipe

Mysore bonda also known as Mysore Bajji is a popular South Indian snack made with lentils, fresh herbs and vibrant spices. The ingredients are combined to create a thick batter, and are then deep fried to make crisp, soft and fluffy fritters.
sweet corn sundal recipe, corn sundal recipe
20 mins

Sweet Corn Sundal

Easy recipe of South Indian sweet corn sundal. sundals are South Indian based dishes made with a variety of legumes and is prepared during Ganesh Chaturthi or Navratri festival.
khara bath recipe, rava bath recipe
Moderate 30 mins

Khara Bath

This mtr style khara bath is a savory, smooth and soft khara bhath made with mix veggies.
semiya upma recipe, vermicelli upma recipe
Moderate 25 mins

Semiya Upma | Vermicelli Upma

Semiya upma is a delicious upma variant made with vermicelli, aromatics, spices, cashews and herbs. This easy vermicelli recipe is also called as vermicelli upma and has unique flavors and textures.

Lunch or Dinner Ideas

Listed below are some traditional South Indian rice recipes that are made during various festivals.

mango rice served in a green plate.
Moderate 40 mins

Mango Rice Recipe (Mavinakayi Chitranna)

This Mango Rice recipe (also called as Mavinakayi Chitranna in Kannada) is tangy, comforting and loaded with flavors. It is made with unripe green mangoes, coconut, spices, peanuts, sesame seeds and herbs.
overheat shot of coconut rice topped with two fried curry leaves and cashew bits in a blue rimmed white bowl on a dark blue wooden tray
Moderate 40 mins

Coconut Rice Recipe

Coconut rice is a light, tasty, savory South Indian rice variant made with fresh grated coconut, lentils, herbs and spices. This nutty and mild rice based dish is also known as Thengai Sadam in Tamil language. The recipe is vegan and for a gluten-free version, easily skip adding asafetida.
bisi bele bath recipe
1 hr 20 mins

Bisi Bele Bath (Authentic Karnataka Style)

Bisi bele bath is a delicious and healthy complete meal of rice, lentils and vegetables. Bisibelebath is one of the popular recipes from the Karnataka cuisine.
vangi bath recipe, karnataka style vangi bhath recipe, brinjal rice recipe
50 mins

Vangi Bath (Brinjal Rice)

Vangi bath is a delicious recipe of brinjal rice from the Karnataka cuisine. This Vangi bath recipe makes use of vangi bath masala powder and tamarind pulp as two of the main ingredients.
sambar rice
Moderate 50 mins

Sambar Rice | Sambar Sadam

Sambar Rice also called Sambar Sadam in Tamil is a delicious, comforting meal of both sambar and rice cooked together. This South Indian lentil, rice and vegetable preparation is healthy and filling as well.
coconut milk rice served on a green plate
Moderate 40 mins

Coconut Milk Rice (Coconut Milk Pulao)

Coconut Milk Rice is a mild, fragrant pulao made with coconut milk, onions, herbs, spices and mixed vegetables. What’s best is the fact that it’s not just vegetarian, but a vegan-friendly recipe too.
gutti vankaya recipe, gutti vankaya kura recipe
40 mins

gutti vankaya

Gutti vankaya is a stuffed brinjal curry from the Andhra cuisine.
mysore rasam recipe
Moderate 40 mins

Mysore Rasam Recipe

Mysore Rasam is a spiced and delicious rasam variety from the Karnataka cuisine – made with lentils, ground spices and coconut. Here I share both the recipes for mysore rasam and the mysore rasam powder that you can easily scale up and make a large batch to store and refrigerate/freeze.
tomato bath recipe
Moderate 40 mins

Tomato Bath

This Tomato bath is a delicious, tangy and spiced rice based dish from the Karnataka cuisine. The recipe is made with a ground paste of tomatoes, coconut, spices and herbs. Addition of this ground masala makes the rice really delicious and flavorful. 
peanut rice recipe, verkadalai sadam recipe, groundnut rice recipe
30 mins

Peanut Rice

Peanut rice is a tasty South Indian rice variety made with roasted peanut powder, lentils and spices. 
sesame rice recipe, ellu sadam recipe, til rice recipe
35 mins

Ellu Sadam

Sesame rice is an easy and delicious rice recipe made with ground sesame seeds. It is also known as ellu sadam in tamil language where ellu means sesame seeds and sadam means rice. 

This ugadi recipes post from the archives (March 2017) has been republished and updated on 12 April.

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