Saturday, January 15, 2011

Pongal / Sankaranthi Celebration

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Wish you all a very Happy Pongal :)

Iniya Pongal Nalvazhthukkal!

Sankaranthi Subhakanchalu :)

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The beautiful harvest festival is celebrated in a grand manner all round south India.

As ever our house was filled with festivity too :)
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Starting from a thematic kolam in the entrance by me, making of chakkara pongal, paal pongal and pongal kozhambu followed. It is considered auspicious to let the milk over flow and this is when all of us would start saying pongalo pongal :) Finally a small pooja to god was done by mom. :)
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I have put down the recipe for Chakkara pongal and Paal pongal along with a lot of details about the festival last year. Check out the post here. :)

Along with the two types of pongal we also make this kozhambu specifically on this day.

This pongal Kozhambu goes really well with paal pongal and is one of the best combination ever.
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Ingredients:

Red pumpkin(Parangikai) - 1/4 kg
Sweet potato(Sakarai valli kelangu) - 1/4 kg
Broad beans(Avarai) - 1/4 kg
Field beans(Mochai) - 1/4 kg
Tamarind pulp - 1 cup
Jaggery - 1 tblsp
Green chillies - 2
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Bengal gram dhall(kadali parupu) - 1 tblsp
Black gram dhall(ulutham parupu) - 1 tblsp
Coriander seeds(Dhaniya) - 1 tblsp
Cumin(Jeera) - 1 tsp
Pepper - 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek(vendhayam) - 1/2 tsp
Red chillies - 10
Salt - for taste
Curry leaves
Coriander leaves
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Method:

Pressure cook sweet potato, broad beans(Avarai) and field beans.

Take a vessel and drop the diced pumpkin and add salt, jaggery, slit green chillies, finely chopped ginger, curry leaves and tamarind paste along with it. Add enough water and cook until the pumpkin becomes soft. Now add the other pressure cooked vegetables to it.

Take a tsp of oil in a pan and roast bengal gram dhall, black gram dhall, coriander seeds, cumin,
pepper, fenugreek and red chillies for just a minute.

Grind all these along with coconut into a smooth paste.

Add this paste to the vessel with cooked vegetables. Allow it to boil for a while stirring it now and then. Finally season with mustard and garnish with coriander leaves.

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This is my mom's bommai pongal collection ;)
Written by: Nithya
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28 comments:

Priti said...

Wonderful pics again Nithi..Wish you n all Happy Pongal

Michaela said...

Hello Nits,
lovely post about Pongal. Love the photographs :)

sanjeeta kk said...

Wow! What a pictorial description of Pongal! Love the cute pot out there. Happy Pongal to you and your family too, Nithi.

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Gayathri's Cook Spot said...

Great Clicks! Wish you a happy Pongal..

The Foodie said...

Happy Pongal..Lovely clicks :)

Sharmilee! :) said...

Lovely way to celebrate pongal....We too make this kulambu...I luv it with sweet pongal too...Wishing u and ur family a very happy pongal too!!

MindfulMeanderer said...

Happy Pongal :)
Lovely pics..

Priya Sreeram said...

Seasonas greetings to you & family ! lovely pics

Srivalli said...

Lovely pictures Nithi..great job girl!

rekhas kitchen said...

Sankranti Subhakankshalu Nithya every thing looks great...

Aruna Manikandan said...

happy pongal dear....

Priya's Feast said...

Happy pongal/sankaranthi ,nithi...that terracotta iece stole the post

Priya said...

Happy Pongal wishes to you and your family....Lovely pots and damn tempting spread..

Sayantani said...

happy pongal to you and your family. beautifully captured moments

Shanavi said...

This is how exactly my mom makes sambar for pongal... Loved ur mom's bommai pongal set..so cute and a fantastic presentation Nits..

Anuradha said...

Happy pongal! Nice post! Nice clicks!

Lakshmi said...

Happy Pongal... nithuuu:)
very very cute pics, and recipe for kuzhambhu :)

ಪುಟ್ಟಿಯ ಅಮ್ಮ said...

Great pics!!Happy pongal :)

கமலகண்ணன் said...

hi nithya fine all your food & photograph

(we met at canon photography training alwarpet)

Pavithra said...

HEy Nithi supera irukku. All the pictures and cute terracota Sun... Hope u all had wonderful celebration.

Vandana Rajesh said...

yummy and excellent pics. A very happy pongal to you and family.
Have a baking event on at my blog do participate when u have the time
http://cookingupsomethingnice.blogspot.com/2010/12/baking-for-beginners-part-two.html

Aparna said...

Awesome presentation!!! Wish u a Happy Pongal!!

Scribblingzzz.. said...

Belated Pongal wishes... Very nice pics...

Umm Mymoonah said...

Lovely pictures of Pongal, your paal pongal is tempting me too much. Hope you had a nice time with your friends and family.

Anu Nandu said...

Nithya - I have so much to catch up on ur blog! Love the terracota Surya - and gorgeous pongal of course! Hope you had a good one!

Swathi said...

look like you had a wonderful pongal celebrations. Nice recipes.

Vaishali said...

A very happy Pongal, Nithya, and wishing you peace and prosperity.
Your pictures are beautiful.

Harika's Kitchen said...

Wow your presentation looks really cool loved it so much............keep going

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