1) A little oil
2) Mustard seeds
3) 1-2 dry, red chillies
4) 2 raw mangoes, peeled and grated
5) Fresh/dry neem flowers
6) Jaggery to taste
7) Salt to taste
1) Heat the oil in a kadhai, and add the mustard seeds. Allow them to splutter. Then break the dry, red chillies into pieces and add. Fry it for a short while.
2) Add the grated mango and neem flowers. Roast for a while.
3) Add some water, cover the kadhai with a plate and cook till the mango becomes soft. Cook till the mixture is in the form of a watery lump.
4) Add a pinch of salt, and crushed jaggery to taste. Mix well till the jaggery dissolves.
Traditionally made in Tamilian households on the eve of Tamil New Year, this Pacchadi is a mixture of sweet, sour, bitter, and hot - symbolising the way life should be, with a little bit of each. It can be eaten either hot or cold.