Pongal

Pongal festival is one of the important festival for Hindus. This is a harvest festival and is celebrated for 4 days – Bogi festival, Suriya Pongal or Makara Sankranthi, Mattu Pongal and Kanu Pongal.Traditionally celebrated at harvest time, it is a celebration of the prosperity associated with the harvest by thanking the rain, sun and the farm animals that have helped in the harvest. In villages, new clothes are worn and people owning cows find this festival important.While Pongal is predominantly a Tamil festival, similar festivals are also celebrated in several other Indian States under different names. In Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and Karnataka, the harvest festival Sankranti is celebrated. In northern India, it is called Makar Sankranti. In Maharashtra and Gujarat, it is celebrated on the date of the annual kite flying day, Uttarayan. It also coincides with the bonfire and harvest festival in Punjab and Haryana, known as Lohri.

Puli Pongal (Tamarind Pongal)
Pongal, Rice

Puli Pongal (Tamarind Pongal)

Pongal is a famous rice dish which belongs to the traditional cuisine of Tamil Nadu. In Tamil, the meaning of Pongal is ‘boil over’ or ‘spillover’. Pongal has two varieties, one is ‘Sakkarai Pongal’ and the other is ‘Venn Pongal’. Basically, Pongal is a common breakfast food taken in Tamil […]

Samba Rava Pongal
Pongal

Samba Rava Pongal

Known as samba rava or godhumai rava in Tamil, Sama Rava Pongal mainly consists of rava made from wheat. This is the same dish what we know as dalia/ lapsi in Hindi. Samba rava is widely used to make a variety of dishes across the country as it is made […]

muparuppu payasam
Dal, Kheer, Pongal

Muparuppu Payasam (3 Dal Payasam)

Muparuppu Payasam in Tamil literally translates to 3 Dal Payasam/Kheer. Dals or paruppu are a quintessential ingredient in the Indian cuisine. So much that it is not just a savoury in terms of Lentil soups/stew or curries eaten along with rice and roti, but has also carved itself into an essential […]

Brown Rice Pongal
Pongal, South Indian

Brown Rice Pongal

Pongal is a traditional and popular South Indian breakfast dish. The regular pongal is made with white rice and dal. This variation is made using brown rice and dal. A healthy and a filling dish to kickstart your busy day. Ingredients: Brown Rice – 1 cup Moong Dal – 1/4 […]

Samai Pongal
Pongal

Samai Pongal (Little Millet Pongal)

Samai Pongal (Little Millet Pongal) is a delicious and healthy pongal variation. Best suited for breakfast, it is best served hot with sambar and chutney. Ingredients: Samai Arisi (Little Millet) – 1 cup Moong Dal – 1/4 cup Ginger – 1 inch piece, finely chopped or minced Turmeric Powder – […]

thinai pongal
Pongal

Thinai Pongal (Foxtail Millet Pongal)

Pongal is a popular breakfast dish across Tamil Nadu. Typically pongal is made with rice, but this healthy variation is made with Thinai (Foxtail Millet). Foxtail Millet (Thinai) is good for those with Diabetes. It regulates cholesterol levels, removes acidic elements from the body, cures digestive disorders, aids proper digestion […]

Kambu Vella Pongal
Pongal

Kambu Vella Pongal (Bajra Jaggery Pongal)

Start this Pongal festival in a healthy way with this delicious and healthy breakfast dish. Happy Pongal! Ingredients: Kambu (Bajra) – 1 cup Moong Dal – 1/4 cup Jaggery – 1 1/2 cups Ghee – 1/4 cup Cashewnuts – handful Raisins – handful Cardamoms – few Water – 6 cups […]

Elaneer Pongal
Pongal

Elaneer Pongal

A different variety of Pongal for this harvest festival. Try this pongal made with Tender Coconut Water. Tender Coconut Water is a refreshing drink during summer months to beat the thirst. It is also rich in various nutrients that our body needs and is also a good substitute for coffee […]

sugarcane pongal
Pongal

Sugarcane Pongal

Sugarcane is an integral part of the Pongal festival. Sugarcane denotes happiness and sweetness. It also symbolizes a firm and balanced mind. Ingredients: Raw Rice – 2 cups Moong Dal – 1 cup Sugarcane Juice – 4 to 5 cups Dates – 1/2 cup, chopped, seedless Cashew Nuts – 3 […]

Pongal
Pongal

Dry Fruits Pongal

A special recipe for the Pongal festival with dry fruits. Ingredients: Raw Rice – 2 cups Moong Dal – 1 cup Milk – 2 cups, boiled Ghee – 1/2 cup Sugar – 2 cups Almonds – 1 tblsp, fried in little ghee Cashew Nuts – 1 tblsp, fried in little […]

kalkandu pongal
Pongal, Rice

Kalkandu Pongal

Delicious and sweet Pongal made with sugar candy. Ingredients: Raw Rice – 1 cup Milk – 1 cup Kalkandu (Rock Candy) – 1 1/2 cups, powdered Ghee – 8 tsp Cashew Nuts – 3 tsp Cardamom Powder – a pinch Lemon Food Colour – a pinch Method: 1. Dry roast […]

Sweet Aval pongal
Pongal

Sweet Aval Pongal

  Ingredients: Rolled Aval – 1 cup Coconut – 1/2 cup, grated Brown Sugar – 1/4 cup Dates – 1/4 cup, finely chopped Cardamom Powder – a pinch Raisins – 10 Glazed Cherries – 5, chopped Method: 1. Wash and soak the oats in water for 10 minutes. Drain well. […]