Tamil New Year

Today is Tamil New Year, the first day of the month called ‘chiththirai.’ It’s celebrated in Tamilnadu, India.

A special dish we make on this day and offer to God (later, we eat it, of course!) is a sort of jam or gravy.

Ingredients include raw mango (sour taste), jaggery (sweet taste), salt, chillies (spicy), and neem flowers (bitter taste).

The dish symbolises life, which is a mix of flavours.

Here’s a photo of the dish I made today: