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How Dharavi transformed into mini Tamil Nadu on Pongal

January 15, 2015 15:13 IST

Once a year, the bylanes of Dharavi provide the setting for a very special Tamil feast.

With a sizeable Tamil population, the harvest festival of Pongal is celebrated with much vigour and zest in Dharavi -- once known as Asia’s largest slum. 

Following the traditional ways, women dressed in their finest came out on to streets to cook Chakkarai Pongal -- a dish of rice, jaggery and Bengal gram -- and soon the whole area was enveloped in the aromas of ghee-fried cashews, almonds and cardamom.

And as the ingredients of Chakkarai Pongal boil in milk, people called out ‘Pongalo Pongal, Pongalo Pongal’.

Viswanathan KA captures some of the celebrations.