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Pongal recipes: Ven Pongal, Sakkarai Pongal and more

January 13, 2014 16:54 IST
Ven Pongal

On the occasion of Pongal, the harvest festival of Tamil Nadu, we bring you some traditional, easy to make recipes you can treat your loved ones to.

The harvest festival of Tamil Nadu, Pongal, is celebrated as a thanksgiving to nature for a bountiful harvest and prosperity.

This is a season when rice, sugarcane, turmeric and various other cereals are harvested.

Local markets are also flooded with different varieties of fresh colourful vegetables, many of which are available only during this season.

The traditional Pongal menu that includes both the sweet and salt pongal, sambar, avial, other veggies, masala vada, and not to forget the crisp appalam served piping hot on a banana leaf -- definitely a temptation few can resist.

Here are some traditional recipes you can try your hands at this harvest season:

Ven Pongal/ Brown Rice with the traditional Pongal Sambar

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Avial

January 13, 2014 16:54 IST
Avial

Avial

Healthy and delicious, the avial is one of the most popular dishes of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

It is a mouthwatering combination of a variety of vegetables lightly flavoured with curd and seasoned with pure coconut oil, which imparts a unique flavour to this dish.

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Sakkarai Pongal

January 13, 2014 16:54 IST
Sakkarai Pongal

Sakkarai Pongal (sweet pongal)

Though Sakkarai Pongal is prepared on most festive occasions as naivedyam (offering to God), it tastes most special during Pongal.

This soft, creamy sweetened dish prepared from freshly harvested rice cooked with milk, jaggery and ghee in the traditional earthen pot can truly tempt even the Gods.

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