Monday, January 14, 2013

Pongal rice | Milk pongal

Happy pongal to all. Pongal is a thanksgiving festival celebrated in south India at the end of harvest. The word Pongal in tamil refers boiling over of milk and rice. They thank sun god for the rice and good harvest every year.

Each family has their own tradition to prepare this. Many of them do sakkarai pongal and veggies. In our family we usually don't do sakkarai pongal on that day. We cook this milk pongal serve with cooked dal, grated jaggery and ghee. We usually prepare different types of veggies as side. The leftovers (veggies and sambar) are then used to prepare sunda kuzhambu (coming soon) - which is specialty for this occasion.

Before marriage, we used to celebrate pongal in our grandparents home which is always memorable. We cousins have lots of fun playing dice, running and hiding behind the poles, laughing, shouting, fighting,......those memories are always sweet.

  • Raw rice - 1 cup
  • Water - 2 cups
  • Milk - 2 cups
  • Salt - a pinch


Soak the rice for 30 minutes. Boil the water and milk in a pot. Add salt.
 When the milk raises up, simmer and add rice. Close with lid and let it cook till soft.
Serve with a tsp of cooked dal, a dollop of ghee and jaggery. It taste so divine....... Can be served with regular sambhar and curd too.

  • If it is a new(fresh harvested) rice, no need to soak it. It gets ready in few minutes.
  • If the rice is old, I would suggest the pressure cooker method. Do till 5 steps of picture and pressure cook it.


Sangeetha Priya said...

wonderful preparation, love this milk pongal :-)

Mahi said...

இனிய பொங்கல் வாழ்த்துக்கள் அனு! ஊரிலிருந்து பத்திரமா கொண்டுவந்திருக்கீங்க பானையை, பானை அழகா இருக்கு!

சுண்டக் குழம்பு ரெசிப்பி சீக்கிரம் போடுங்க! :)

Hema said...

Happy Pongal Anu, I tasted this yesterday, was good..

PT said...

happy pongal dear.. nice presentation and clicks :)

Julie said...

lovely presentation with the festive feel,yummy pongal!!
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divya said...

Am drooling over here..looks inviting!!

Suja Manoj said...

Beautiful clicks,yummy pongal

Latha Madhusudhan said...

Amazing clicks. This is new to me and waiting for your next recipe sunda kuzhumbu.

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Yummy pongal and love the clicks..

Priya said...

Such a fabulous pongal, love it with pongal kootu,my fav food.

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kitchen flavours said...

Happy Pongal! I have seen my Indian neighbours buying sugar canes for their prayers.

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Very nice

Dina said...

i'd love to try it. great pics and story!

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