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Six tastes of Food
Yesterday I was reading about six tastes of food in a library book. Learnt some interesting facts and thought of sharing it with you. Six tastes of food are sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. It is called as arusuvai in Tamil. A full course South Indian meal accomodates all the six tastes. On the day of Telugu New Year, we prepare Ugadi Pachadi in home. It is a mixture of six tastes and consists of Jaggery, Neem flower, Pepper or chilli, Salt, Tamarind Juice and Raw Mango. It is in-taken first on the New year to represent the acceptance of different emotions(Happiness, Sorrow, Anger, Fear, Disgust and Surprise) in a equal manner.


Taste Name          Action Sources
English: Sweet
Tamil: Inippu
Soothing, nourishing,
energising and satisfying
Emotion : Happiness
Milk, Fruits, Cereals, Jaggery
English: Sour
Tamil: Pulippu
Increases Appetite, helps digestion
 and produces Saliva
Emotion : Disgust
Yogurt, Fermented food,
 citrus fruits, tamarind
English: Salty          
Tamil: Oovaruppu
Increases water intake, gives skin 
a glow and cures stiffness
Emotion : Fear
English: Pungent
Tamil: Kaarppu
Increases blood circulation, kills worm 
in digestive tracts, purifies mouth
Emotion : Anger
Pepper, chilly, ginger and onions
English: Bitter
Tamil: Kasappu
Blood purifier, firms the skin and
 antidote to poison
Emotion : Sorrow
Dark green leaves, coffee, tea,
 bitter gourd, olives, neem flower
English: Astringent
Tamil: Thuvarppu
Aids digestion, blood purifier
Emotion : Surprise
Pomegranates, turmeric, 
broccoli, cauliflower, betel leaf


  1. Some great information Nithya. Thank you for sharing :)

  2. I have to eat more bitter food so that my skin will glow. Its always the unpleasing pleasant taste which is the best for our health. Knowledge sharing and glad I read through.

  3. Lovely and informative post.. Thanks for sharing Nithya :-)

  4. this is such a nice and informative post... enjoyed reading it..


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