The winter festive season has begun and preparations are in full swing. With Pongal around the corner, it is time to prepare some traditional delicacies, which are made in most South Indian households to celebrate the four-day festival of Pongal, which is majorly celebrated in Tamil Nadu.
This harvest festival falls in the 10th month known as ‘Thai’ according to the Tamil calendar. If you too are planning to celebrate Pongal at your home with some traditional delicacies, then here are some age-old recipes that you can make easily by following some simple steps.
Sakkarai Pongal is one of the most quintessential prasad recipes prepared to celebrate the festival of Pongal. This sweet recipe is made by roasting dry fruits and nuts in ghee along with washed moong dal. Followed by making a kheer of milk, once the milk starts reducing, soaked rice and moong dal are added to the creamy blend. In the meantime, jaggery syrup is prepared and added to the milk blend. Garnished with nuts and dry fruits.
Aviyal is a classic mixed vegetable delicacy prepared with a creamy coconut base. This recipe is prepared by cooking seasonal veggies with a coconut paste, curd, mild spices and herbs.
This is one of the most classic delicacies prepared to celebrate the festival of Pongal. Made with the soaked rice and moong dal, this rice delicacy is served with coconut chutney or Pachadi and Sambar.
Medu Vada also known as Sambhar Vada is a delightful snack recipe prepared for evening get-togethers to celebrate Pongal. Prepared with a batter of Urad dal, this deep fried Vada is served with hot piping sambhar and Coconut chutney.
Havva Chakkara Pongal
This is another sweet Pongal recipe made with the goodness of Moong Dal, dry fruits, nuts, ghee and jaggery cooked in a base of coconut milk. This delicious sweet dish is relished after the main course and is also distributed as a prasad.