Pongal 2018 Top Dishes/Recipes: Mostly celebrated in southern India, Pongal is a 3-day festival to mark the Sun’s transition towards North (Uttarayan). People also celebrate it as a gesture of thanksgiving for the year’s harvest. This year Pongal is all set to begin from Sunday, 14th January and will end on Wednesday, 17th January. The festival is observed when crops like sugarcane, rice and turmeric are harvested. India, is a country with diverse cultures and practices, each community celebrates the harvest festival in a distinct way– in Punjab people celebrate Lohri while in Assam the festival is known as Bhogali Bihu. There are two versions of Pongal namely, the sweet version of it is known as Chakkara Pongal or Sakkarai Pongal and the salted one is known as Venn Pongal or Khara Pongal. Since Pongal is a festival of harvest, people in South India make some mouth-watering and delicious dishes.
Here are the top dishes with its recipes, which you can try in Pongal 2018:-
Thalagam Kuzhambu: A recipe made with pumpkin, raw banana and typical south Indian spices. It goes very well with rice and yellow Pongal.
Kalkandu Pongal: Adding on to the long list of Pongal variants is Kalkandu Pongal which is made with rock sugar and rich sweet rice.
Ulundu Vadai: It is also known as the Medu Vadai, which is a doughnut-shaped snack that is very famous in South India. It is eaten with sambhar or even munched like a snack. It is a perfect Pongal snack made with lentil and spices.
Thiruvanthirai Kootu: It is made out of vegetables and a bunch of spices and teams-up well with rice and roti.
Kothamalli Sadham: It is a simple recipe which has mainly two ingredients, rice and coriander leaves.
Peanut Rice: Rice made with the flavouring of groundnut and spices.
Lemon Rice: A typical South Indian dish where the rice is flavoured with a bunch of curry leaves, mustard seeds and lemon.
Puliyodarai: It is also a type of rice dish which made in the festival as well as people have it eaten in their daily life.
Andhra Pulihora: As its name suggests, the dish is typical to Andhra Pradesh and is also famously called as ‘tamarind rice’.
Thengai Sadam: This rice recipe is mainly flavoured with coconut curry leaves and mustard seed and is generally made during the festival.
Pudina Rice: Very similar to the other rice dish prepared in this region. With a hint of curry leaves and mustard seeds goes a whole lot of mint leaves to prepare this flavourful dish.
Akkara Adisal: It’s a recipe for the sweet lovers made with rice, milk, jaggery and dry fruits. It has a creamy texture and the taste is unparalleled.
Puran Poli: Indian bread is stuffed with sweeteners like jaggery to make this dish.
Avial: Avial is made with varieties of vegetable and south Indian spices and makes for a lip-smacking feast dish.