Pongal is right round the corner and almost all of South India is gearing to ring in the festival with much fervour and enthusiasm. Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated to mark sun's transition towards north (Uttarayan). Celebrated in the auspicious month of Thai (10th month of Tamil calendar), Pongal is a three day festival. Thai Pongal which would be celebrated on the 15th of January 2018, is one of the most significant festivals for Tamilans. On this day, people wake up early in the morning and worship the sun (Surya), after this they carry out traditional Pongal rituals like cooking milk and fresh rice in an earthen decorated vessel until it overflows. This Pongal is then distributed amongst participants who relish the delight with all heart. Like any festival in India, Pongal too is incomplete without its extensive range of traditional delicacies. Here are 5 popular Pongal recipes you must try this time.
The light, savoury and peppery Pongal also makes for one of the most popular Pongal delicacies. Served piping hot, Ven Pongal goes well with both sambhar and chutney. Made of rice mixed with moong daal, ghee, cashew nuts, raisins and mild spices, the flavoursome Pongal delicacy is also one of the most loved breakfasts across South India.
Vada with sambhaar or chutney is always a hit with South Indian food lovers. But it becomes even more special when it is served with the many sweet and savoury Pongal preparations on the traditional Pongal spread. This delectable vadai recipe is easy-to-prepare and oh-so-delightful each time.