Pongalo Pongal – Indian Harvest Festival

15 Jan


I wish all my friends and viewers a Happy and prosperous New Year and Pongal.

Pongal is one of the main festivals in India. It is celebrated from January 14th – 16th. Though it is called by different names like Sankaranthi, Makara Sankaranthi, and Lohri  in diffeerent parts of India, the purpose is the same. Yes,  its Harvest time and people wish to thank the Sun God for abundant sun source to the growth of their crops, on this Harvest festival. As a part of the festive people in India wear new dresses and share the happiness by wishing relatives and friends. The main harvested crops during this season in South Indian is Rice,Sugarcane and Turmeric.

The Harvest festival is been celebrated in other parts of the world as well, like  Chuseok(korea), Niiname-Sai(Japan), Erntedank(Germany,Austria), Harvest Festival(UK), Thanks giving Day(US, Canada) and so on.[Source:Wikipedia]

As always there is a typical type of food that is connected with this festival and it is called Pongal. The food name and festival name are same.  The Tamil word Pongal means that, little spilling of boiling cooked rice  from the clay pot. people in their households make Pongal in an open area, field or garden, facing the sun god. All of them wait for the auspicious moment when the rice is almost cooked and spills out from the pot, it means prosperity and material abundance. Everyone says “Pongalo pongal” and thank Sun God .

The food Pongal can be of two types Sweet Pongal(Rice, Jaggery, lentils,milk) and Pongal(Rice,Milk).  However most of them also make Venpongal(Rice, Lentils). Apart from the famous Pongal food, other different types of vegetables,lentils, Rice, Vadai, Payasam are made and served in Banana leaf. At first the food is offered to Sun god with Pooja(Workship) and then rest of the family enjoy the healthy traditional south Indian food. 


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  1. satya

    January 15, 2011 at 11:55 am

    a lovely spread…wish you and your family a very happy pongal
    Super Yummy Recipes

  2. uma

    January 15, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Pongal Wishes to you and your family..
    thats a yummy inviting platter…

  3. Priya

    January 15, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Happy Pongal wishes to you and your family..omg, wat a delicious and yummy spread..

  4. Treat and Trick

    January 16, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Happy Pongal dear! The food in that platter look so yum…

  5. love2cook

    January 16, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Happy Pongal dear…!

    I loved everything on the vazhayile!!! Super delicious feast! 😀

  6. akila

    January 17, 2011 at 10:53 am

    your padayal looks lovely dear….

    Event: Dish Name Starts with E

  7. Jay

    January 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    mmm…delicious….great flavours..
    Tasty appetite

  8. Namitha

    January 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    What a feast ! Hope you all had a great time 🙂

  9. Sridhar Ramachandran

    January 28, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Oooooooh SO NICE…

    Great Banana Leaf meal… Mouth watering ! wowww

  10. Satya

    February 14, 2011 at 11:28 am

    oh my god! what a lovely spread…