Our festivals, especially in the south, use ingredients that grow/fruit during the particular season, to prepare the naivedyam. So the naivedyam for the Tamil New Year, which falls in the hot month of April necessarily features mango. There is another unique ingredient that is used for this festival – neem flowers, which is also abundant during April and is a coolant! I had written about the Tamil New Year here.
Now, the pachadi (chutney) made with mango and neem flower has unique health benefits. And it can be made on other days too, not necessarily only on New Year’s Day.
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