Khara Nama Samvatsara Subhaakankshalu!! May this new year bring eternal happiness to all of us. Ugadi signifies the start of Vasant Ruthu (Spring) and a new year in the lunar calender. The onset of spring also marks a beginning of new life in trees and plants. The vibrancy of life and lush green fields, meadows full of colourful blossoms signify growth, prosperity and well-being. 

Traditionally, 'Panchanga sravanam' is part of the festivities, where the pundits make predictions for the coming year . It is usually conducted in the local temples or at the Town square but with the onset of modern technology, one can get to hear them on television sets right in one's living room or even on the internet these days!

I remember that the preparations for the festival used to begin at least a week ahead. Our house was cleaned and washed in and out. Hanging mango leaves as thorans (Mamidi thoranalu) to all the doors in the house was an activity we as kids were involved. Shopping for new clothes was also part of the excitement. In later years we used to have potluck festival lunches so we could spend time with our huge group of aunts, uncles and cousins. Those were the days....Here is a typical festival spread we used to have..

Festival Spread
Bobbattu, Mango Dal, Dosavakaya, Mango Rice, Annam Paramannam, Dondakaya Fry, Avial, Mirchi Bajji, Kheera Perugupacchadi, Papad, Banana 

Now here, there are no banana leaves and no elaborate festivities for Ugadi! Just a simple pooja, Ugadi Pacchadi and naivedyam (Offering to God). 
This year I wanted to prepare a different version of Bobbattu/Holiga/Bakshyam/Poli. I shall give the recipe here and shall post the picture later. [Picture posted a day later]

Dates Bobbattlu
Naivedyam for Ugadi 2011 - Dates Bobbattlu, Lemon Rice, Ugadi Pacchadi and a Mango

Ingredients - 

For the dough - 
Whole Wheat Flour 2 cups
Salt couple pinches
Water to knead the dough

For the filling - 
Dates  chopped 1 cup 
Cardamom Powder 1 tsp

Method Of Preparation - 

To Prepare the Dough - 
In a mixing bowl, add the whole wheat flour and salt. 

Gradually add water to knead into a soft dough.

Cover and keep aside for about 30 min.

To Prepare the Filling -

Make a paste of dates without adding any water. If required they may be soaked in water/milk and drained. (I didn't have to soak them)

Add cardamom powder and and mix well.

Make sure the dates paste is of soft dough consistency.

To make Bobbattu - 

Make equal portions of the dough (Approx about 10).

Roll each portion of the dough into small circles and put in at least a tablespoon of filling and close it into a ball.

Roll out this ball into a thin circle like a roti making sure that the filling doesn't ooze out. Also carefully roll it so the filling spreads out evenly.

Gently place it on a heated tawa/griddle, drizzle a little ghee and cook until both the sides are light brown. Remove the bobbattu from fire. Store in an insulated container.

Continue with the rest of the dough. Serve them warm and enjoy!

Preparation Time - 40 min
Makes 10 4-5 inch in diameter
Posted by Harini on Sunday, April 3, 2011


  1. madhavi Says:
  2. woww..niku aritaku ekkada dorikindi............pandaga vindu chala bagundi

  3. Unknown Says:
  4. Yummy leaf thali :) Poli looks delish too !

  5. Wonderful looking Thali and the Poli looks to be so inviting as well.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  6. lovely spread dear.....
    Happy Ugadi :)

  7. happy ugadi to u and ur family and the items on the plaintain leaf r so delicious I am coming over.

  8. first time at ur space.. Happy ugadi... niuce obattu...
    happy to follow you on this auspicious day...

  9. Raji Says:
  10. Happy Ugadi..wonderful recipe.

  11. Priya Suresh Says:
  12. Wonderful spread, everything looks soooo yummy..Happy ugadi wishes to u and ur family dear...

  13. aipi Says:
  14. Wish you and your family a very Happy Ugadi dear- beautiful spread!
    US Masala

  15. ugadi wishes in english

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