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Indian version of “Thanksgiving” is the famous festival called “Pongal“. Its a harvest festival and it falls in the month of January. This occasion signals the end of the traditional farming season, giving farmers a break from their monotonous routine and symbolizes the veneration of the first fruit. Last year I did a similar post which provides details of the rituals of the festival. For today, I will just straightaway jump into the recipes (the best part isnt it?)

This festival is celebrated for 4 days each representing an essence.

Day 1 : Boghi ( Jan 13th)
On this day its all about Bonfires – where all old materials and clothes are thrown and burnt. It is believed to mark the beginning of a fresh life – In short a new beginning.

The following recipes are prepared on this day ((See all recipes))

1. Poli (Ubbattu)
2. Ven Pongal (also known as Khara Pongal, Spicy Pongal )
3. Pakoda (mostly plain for offering to god)
4. Eggplant Gotsu
5. Pal Payasam (Kheer)
6. Morkuzhambu

Poli (Ubbattu)| Pongal Festival recipes

Poli (Ubbattu)

Ven Pongal| Pongal Festival recipes

Ven Pongal

Eggplant Gotsu| Pongal Festival recipes

Eggplant Gotsu

Pal Payasam (Kheer)| Pongal Festival recipes

Pal Payasam (Kheer)

Day 2 : Sankranthi (Jan 14th)

This is the main festival day – called as Pongal Day. This day is celebrated by boiling fresh milk early in the morning and allow it to boil over – overflow – the act of which is the literal translation for the word ‘Pongal’.

The following recipes are prepared on this day (See all recipes)

1. Sakkarai Pongal (also called chakkarai pongal, sweet pongal )
2. Medhu Vadai
3. Idli
4. Coconut Chutney
5. Aviyal

Sakkarai Pongal| Pongal Festival recipes

Sakkarai Pongal

Medhu Vadai Recipe | Pongal Festival recipes

Medhu Vadai

South Indian Idli Recipe | Pongal Festival recipes


South Indian Coconut Chutney Recipe | Pongal Festival recipes

Coconut Chutney

South Indian Aviyal Recipe | Pongal Festival recipes


Day 3 : Mattu Pongal (Jan 15th)

Mattu” means Cows/Buffalo. They play a significant role in a farmer’s life since they are the ones which draw the plough (as its still done mostly in India – tractors don’t abound). This day is for thanking them for helping the farmers to plough the lands. On this day the cattle are decorated with paint, flowers and bells. In Madurai “Jallikattu” is celebrated which is an event for taming the wild bull.

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Variety of rices are prepared on this day. Recipes are as follows: (See all recipes)

1. Kadambam Rice
2. Lemon Rice (elumitcham pazha sadam)
3. Tamarind Rice (puliyodharai)
4. Coconut Rice
5. Rava Pongal
6. Akkaravadisal

South Indian Rava Pongal Recipe | Pongal Festival recipes

Rava Pongal

South Indian Rava Pongal Recipe | Pongal Festival recipes

Kadambam Rice Recipe

South Indian Rava Pongal Recipe | Pongal Festival recipes

Akkaravadisal Rice Recipe

South Indian Rava Pongal Recipe | Pongal Festival recipes

Lemon Rice Recipe

South Indian Rava Pongal Recipe | Pongal Festival recipes

Coconut Rice Recipe

South Indian Rava Pongal Recipe | Pongal Festival recipes

Tamarind Rice Recipe

Day 4 : Kaanum Pongal (Jan 16th – also known as Karinaal or Thiruvalluvar Day)

The word “Kaanum” means to view and true to its meaning its for people to visit relatives and friends on this day for exchanging pleasantries and greetings. In short its a picnic day! This oneness is by way of thanking family and friends for their support throughout. Sugarcane’s abound and its a common sight to watch ppl chewing and enjoying it. It also is similar to Raksha Bandhan in the sense that woman offer prayers by way offering multi colored rice in their courtyard/terrace and calling out to crows with a “ka Ka ” chant to come and eat it while praying for the well being of their brothers.

Wishing you all my dear Readers (esp. South Indian Hindus) a Happy and immensely Prosperous Pongal in Advance.

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16 Responses to “Pongal Festival 2012”
  1. vandana subramanian

    i love this blog! learned mausu paagh form your site and it came out perfect like KRISHNA SWEETS (chennai)mausu paag. :-P
    Do you have receipe for ada rasam? i tried it many times but came a disaster. thanks

  2. Happy Pongal! What a great way to offer thanks – with a boatload of good food. I love your blog and how it’s not just a roll call of recipes but also a cultural homage.

  3. Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic blog article.Much thanks again. Fantastic.

  4. Wishing you and your family a very happy Pongal Dhivya.

  5. Love your recipe as always! Wish you happy pongal! Visit my space when you get time!

  6. excellent post on pongal as usual.Wish you a very happy pongal. Morever this year pongal falls on the weekend , more convenient for good food and company. enjoy

  7. Happy Pongal to you too! Love your post with all the wonderful food links. My mom is here this time and I’m sure some of this authentic stuff is just around the corner for me! If it was just me, it would have been special maggi for pongal! LOL!

  8. nice receipe with proper and good information. thank u. wish u a very happy pongal and to ur family.

  9. a very happy Pongal to you and your family DK… :-x :-x

  10. Happy pongal wishes to u and ur loved ones DK..

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  12. Nithya

    Anaivarukum pongal nalvalthukal.
    Very nice post. Many persons dont know this much of information about pongal recipes day by day.

  13. Food Slice

    We are planning to do those huge white flour decorations (as in your first pic) in front of our house for the festival days. Should see how they turn out. And lots of food of course :)
    Happy Sankranthi to you and your family, DK.

  14. Madhu

    Very nice post!! Happy pongal to you and your family!!! Pongalo Pongal!! :)

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