What’s Cooking On Pongal ?

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Popular Pongal Recipes To Try Tomorrow
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Pongal is the time when people down South go on a cooking spree. But what are hey busy cooking? Let’s take a look at the Pongal recipes that are prepared during Pongal.

The Sweet Pongal Tops The List

Sweet Pongal is yum!
Sweet Pongal is yum!

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Chakkara Pongal (or sweet Pongal) is a must on the festival. It is typically a dish made with rice, jaggery, lentils and nuts. The specialty of this dish is that it is made in a clay pot and is offered along with sugarcane and other dishes to the Sun during Puja.

Ven Pongal Is The Other Version

Begin your day with this food!
Begin your day with this food!

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Ven Pongal is supposed to be the spicier version and is made from rice, moong dal, cumin and peppercorns. Sambar and coconut chutney are its best accompaniments. This is absolutely yummy and some have it for their breakfast while most of them offer it during Puja.

South Indian Sambar In The Main Course

This vegetable sambar can be used throughout the day
This vegetable sambar can be used throughout the day

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When it comes to Pongal lunch, it begins with sweet Pongal and the main course begins with traditional sambar. This sambar is made from toor dal and 9 different vegetables are added to it on this day. You can either use it to accompany Ven Pongal or have it as Sambar rice. The taste is something you’ll never forget.

Medu Vada For Evening

Pongal special medu vada is a must-eat!
Pongal special medu vada is a must-eat!

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On the Pongal eve, Medu vada is considered the best snack and it’s served with sambar and chutney. Medu vada is made from urad dhal, chilli and salt and is then deep fried. While this is served during lunch, it is also made separately to snack in the evening.

The Not-To-Miss Kheer

Make the day sweeter with this kheer!
Make the day sweeter with this kheer!

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Kheer in the South is called Payasam and people make it with moong dal and milk.Some even make it with rice and milk.You can add jaggery and nuts to it before serving. Payasam is the first thing that is served on the plantain leaf and the rest follows.

The best part of these dishes is they are easy to prepare and taste delicious too!