Pongal is a harvest festival and celebrated in most of the places in India. It is one of the auspicious festivals, which brings good fortune for people. This harvest festival also is known as Sankranti in many parts of the country. It is celebrated by people of different ethnicities like Bengalis, Telugus, Punjabis and most other sects and cultures throughout India. It is known as Thai Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Uttarayana in Gujarat & Rajasthan, Maghi in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh & Punjab, and Makara Sankranthi in most of the places in India. During any of the numerous Indian festivals, food plays a major role, especially during such an auspicious one. People prepare sweets in generous quantities and distribute to family and friends. So, let’s celebrate this festival with some Pongal special dishes.
Here are some special dishes for Pongal:
These dishes are not only yummy but are very easy to prepare as well.
Sweet Pongal is a must during this harvest festival. It is made out of the harvested rice and offered to the Sun God. This easy to make, tasty dish is prepared using loads of jaggery, a generous helping of desi ghee and dry fruits. This is a delight to all the sweet loving Indians.
Unlike its predecessor, this variety of Pongal is a far cry from the sweeter version. This spicier version of Pongal tastes equally yummy. It is prepared with ghee and pepper pods and served with coconut chutney or sambar. It is considered to be one of the best Pongal special dishes both to prepare and to consume.
It is a famous sweet prepared during Makar Sankranti in Bihar and Jharkhand. These sweet munchies called Teel Barfi or Til ki Barfi are prepared with sesame seeds (Teel or Til), khoya, ghee and sugar. They provide you the nutrition needed for the body, are very healthy and at the same time really delicious.
This is a very famous and a traditional sweet dish for Pongal. It is popularly known as sweet flat bread. It is prepared with Bengal gram dal and coconut along with ghee. Puran Poli is a delicacy enjoyed throughout Maharastra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Goa and other regions of West and South India.
The oh so famous recipe for every festival is Kheer. It is a tradition for Punjabis to have Kheer for this festival. Kheer or rice pudding has different variations throughout the country like payasam in Kerela and Mistanna or payesh in West Bengal but the one thing that has remained the same throughout the length and breadth of the country is the signature taste of the dish.
These are our best picks for the Pongal special dishes. If you get to find any traditional dishes, do share with us. We would love to hear from you all. Happy Pongal in advance!