Pongal Recipes

Traditional Pongal Sapad on Banana Leaf With Recipes

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 14:49

Pongal being a popular Harvest festival for all the South Indians, It has left us filled with all the rich and everlasting taste of all the festival food being prepared on this auspicious occasion. I will be taking you through the preparation of what “Pongal Sapad” or " Pongal Bhojanam" (Pongal Lunch Meal) would be in South Indian households. 
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Varagu Arisi Pongal Recipe (Kodo Millet Pongal)

Varagu Arisi Pongal Recipe (Kodo Millet Pongal)

Saturday, 29 October 2016 00:12

'Varagu Arisi' or Kodo Millet is a nutritional grain with high amounts of fibre and antioxidants. It is fast becoming a substitute for wheat as it is also gluten free. The Varagu Arisi Pongal is wholesome with the right balance of lentils and grains and the healthy tempering of cumin seeds, ginger and peppercorns also adds to the taste and flavour to the dish. It is a meal by itself and is most ideal 'fasting food' during Navratras. Adding a teaspoon of ghee in the tempering gives the pongal it's authentic touch, but you can skip using ghee if you are vegan. Serve Varagu Arisi Pongal with Mysore Chutney and Andhra Style Paruppu Podi for a simple and healthy meal. If you like this recipe, you can also try other Pongal Recipes such as Ven Pongal Recipe Oats Ven Pongal Recipe Foxtail Millet Pongal Recipe
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Sweet Pongal With Thai Jasmine Rice And Palm Sugar Recipe

Sweet Pongal With Thai Jasmine Rice And Palm Sugar Recipe

Saturday, 10 September 2016 00:38

What happens if a festival falls on a busy working day and you do not want to skip some good food? Try this easier and healthier version of sweet Pongal. Cook Thai brown jasmine rice along with yellow moong dhal, cardamom, powdered palm sugar, saffron and mash it with milk. Later, temper the dish with ghee, cashews & raisins. A quick and healthy sweet pongal is ready for any occasion. I used to do it when any festival happens to be on a working day. The cooking time is around 1 hour however you just need to spend few minutes in the kitchen for this dish. The main places where I save time is, use electric cooker which would automatically switch off once the rice is cooked, readymade powdered palm sugar where I no need to cook in water to strain impurities. Above all I mix all of them and put in the rice cooker so that I no need to clean multiple vessels for one dish. On the healthier version, I use brown rice & palm sugar. The fragrance of jasmine, cardamom is equally balanced and gives a good flavour to this dish. Serve this quick sweet dish Sweet Pongal With Thai Jasmine Rice And Palm Sugar Recipe during festivals or any special occasions along with other sweet dishes like Milk Kesari or Ada Pradhaman. If you like this recipe, you can also try other Sweet recipes such as Creamy Phirni Recipe Guilt Free Coconut Barfi Recipe Besan Ke Laddu Recipe  
Sakkare Millet Pongal Recipe

Sakkare Millet Pongal Recipe

Sunday, 10 July 2016 00:39

Sakkare Pongal is a sweet pongal that is usually made using rice, moong dal and jaggery. Making it with millet not only makes it healthy but, also the sweetness in millet compliments the dish. Millet is easy to cook and the small grains brings the dish together well. Serve Sakkare Millet Pongal on its own as a sweet dish after your delicious South Indian meal. If you like this recipe, you can also try other Pongal recipes such as Ven Pongal Oats Ven Pongal Oats Sakkarai Pongal  
Foxtail Millet Pongal Recipe

Foxtail Millet Pongal Recipe

Monday, 04 July 2016 00:03

Incorporating millets in our diet is very important and Foxtail Millet Pongal Recipe is an effort at this. I try to include different types of millets in my breakfast dishes. Also healthy, they make the dish tasty too. For all health conscious people, millets are a boon. This foxtail millet Pongal is one such recipe that includes health and taste. Soaked foxtail millet and yellow lentils are cooked and seasoned with cumin, whole peppercorns, ginger pieces, curry leaves and cashews fried in ghee to prepare it. Foxtail Millet Pongal Recipe one of the popular and comforting south Indian breakfast recipes. Take a look at our other popular Pongal recipes Ven Pongal Recipe (South Indian Rice and Lentil Pudding) Oats Ven Pongal Recipe Sakkarai Pongal Recipe (Sweetened Rice And Jaggery Pudding) Barnyard Millet Sweet Pongal Recipe (Kuthiraivali Sakkarai Pongal)
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Oats And Spinach Pongal Recipe

Oats And Spinach Pongal Recipe

Saturday, 02 July 2016 00:35

Wondering what to cook for breakfast everyday? Try this Pongal or khichdi which is healthy and loaded with nutrients needs to kick-start your day. This Pongal is made with oats instead of rice and no one will even be able to figure out that oats have been added to this recipe. Did you know- Oats are loaded with fiber which helps to reduce bad cholesterol. Spinach are loaded with iron and vitamins and moong dal is a good source of proteins, vitamin B, calcium and dietary fiber. This Pongal is very good for digestion. It can be served to a kids and toddlers too. Serve hot Oats And Spinach Pongal with ghee and Lauki raita or any other raita of your choice. You can even have this for lunch/dinner, when you want to eat something light. If you like this recipe, you can also try other Pongal recipes such as Ven Pongal Oats Ven Pongal Sakkarai Pongal
Barnyard Millet Sweet Pongal Recipe (Kuthiraivali Sakkarai Pongal)

Barnyard Millet Sweet Pongal Recipe (Kuthiraivali Sakkarai Pongal)

Sunday, 14 February 2016 00:01

Kuthiraivali also known as the Barnyard millet is a wholesome grain that can be used to make a variety of dishes. It makes a great substitute for rice as well. Sweet pongal when made from the barnyard millet gets cooked easily and tastes delicious along with jaggery and cardamom.  Serve the Kuthiraivali Sakkarai Pongal as a wholesome sweet after a delicious Indian lunch or even serve it as a snack for kids.
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18 Essential Pongal (Sankranti) Recipes From Across India

Monday, 11 January 2016 00:00

Kicking off the festivities for the new year is the auspicious occasion of Pongal, Sankranti or Makar-Sankranti. Essentially a harvest festival, it's celebrated in regions across the length and breadth of the country, as the day of the passing of winter and welcoming the spring season. It is celebrated with varying customs and traditions and known by different names across the country. Makara Sankranti in Karnataka, Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Bhogi in Maharashtra, Uttarayan in Gujarat and Lohri in many parts of the North, this festival celebrates providence, abundance and invokes prosperity for the coming year and season that lies ahead.
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Bajri-Til Bhakri Recipe (Sesame Crusted Bajra Flatbread)

Bajri-Til Bhakri Recipe (Sesame Crusted Bajra Flatbread)

Friday, 08 January 2016 00:48

Bajri-Til Bhakri (Sesame Crusted Bajra flatbread) is a crusted flatbread with healthy sesame seeds in it. It is one of the oldest and most widely consumed millets in rural India. The key ingredient Bajra is a nutritious grain which is a great energy source and hence is used as a part of the meal during winters to keep the body warm. It is prepared one day before the festival of Makar Sankranti in Maharashtra on the day of Bhogi and is served with Bhogichi Bhaji. You can also try Gluten Free Ragi Roti Bajra Na Rotla Akki Rotti Recipe Jolada Roti Recipe Did you know- Bajra is extremely nutritious and very high on fibre, millets are a wholesome alternative to carbohydrates. It is a really great healthy alternative if you are looking for gluten free options. It is easy to digest and has the lowest probability of causing allergic reactions. Not only this, It is also very effective and recommended for cases of severe constipation and stomach ulcers. The presence of phytic acid and niacin in bajra helps in lowering the cholesterol too.
Bhogichi Bhaji Recipe (Maharashtrian Mixed Vegetable Stir Fry)

Bhogichi Bhaji Recipe (Maharashtrian Mixed Vegetable Stir Fry)

Friday, 08 January 2016 00:01

'Bhogichi Bhaji' is a traditional winter recipe cooked all across Maharashtra on the day of 'Bhogi' which is a day prior to 'Makar Sankranti.' This dish celebrates the seasonal bounty of winter vegetables along with groundnuts and sesame seeds which provide the much needed warmth and nourishment to the body during winters. It is packed with all essential nutrients and vitamins from seasonal vegetables like red carrots, fresh green Chana (Chola/chickpea/harbhara), flat green beans (Val Papdi) and Ber (Indian Jujube). As the sun commences its journey northward (Uttarayan), the harvest festival of' Makar Sankranti' (also known as 'Lohri ' ,'Pongal' in different parts of India) is celebrated. 'Bhogichi bhaji' recipe is being passed from generation to generation and is an integral part of this festive celebration. Serve 'Bhogichi Bhaji' with Multigrain Bhakri or Bajra Til Bhakri with a dollop of fresh homemade ghee or butter on top. Plan your lunch or dinner menu with this recipe and enjoy the goodness of the seasonal produce. If you like this recipe, you can also try other Vegetable recipes such as Lauki Badi Ki Sabzi Malvani Kurkuri Bhindi  Senai Kizhangu Varuval    
Thengai Poli Recipe (Coconut Filled Sweet Flatbread)

Thengai Poli Recipe (Coconut Filled Sweet Flatbread)

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 00:58

Thengai Poli Recipe is a classic sweet Indian flatbread stuffed with a filling of coconut and jaggery. Also known as Obbattu in Karnataka, this recipe makes it a little more wholesome and healthy by replacing some of the maida with whole wheat. While this lends it a slightly coarse or grainy texture, it is still delicious and has the deeply satisfying flavours of palm jaggery soaked coconut, flattened between layers of flatbread. It can be made for festivals such as Diwali, Navratri or even Janmashtami. Browse through the section on Indian Sweets And Mithais to find other festive recipes for Indian desserts like Rava Ladoo, Rich & Delicious Shahi Tukda and a Ragi & Whole Wheat Halwa.
South Indian Poli Recipe with Coconut (Obbattu/Bobbattu)

South Indian Poli Recipe with Coconut (Obbattu/Bobbattu)

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 18:15

The South Indian Poli Recipe is a very traditional recipe that is made with a combination of lentils, spices and coconut. The addition of coconut along with cardamon in the filling gives the poli a rich and delicious taste. The Poli is most often made during the festivals like Pongal or special occasions in the family. It is also called as Obbattu/holige in Kannada or Bobbattu in Telugu. Each region has a variation to make this recipe and in fact, every home has a unique style too. Traditionally Maida is used in the recipe, but to make it healthy, I have used whole wheat flour. Note: Traditionally Maida is used in the recipe, but to make it healthy, I have used whole wheat flour. Here are more South Indian Recipes to try Tamil Nadu Style Vazha Thandu Poriyal Recipe Khatta Meetha Pahari Kaddu Recipe Karwar Style Surana Bhaji Recipe Pepper Murukku Recipe (South Indian Style Chakli)
Oats Sakkarai Pongal Recipe

Oats Sakkarai Pongal Recipe

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 12:17

The Oats Sakkarai Pongal Recipe is a simple, wholesome and full of flavor dish that is very quick and easy to make. I created this recipe as part of my Saffola FitFoodie, collaboration. Surprisingly, the addition of oats did not change the taste of the Sakkarai Pongal and it still remained to be creamy and full of flavors from the ghee, jaggery and cardamom. If you are looking to cut down rice from your diet then the recipe of Oats Sakkarai Pongal will be a hit.
Oats Ven Pongal Recipe

Oats Ven Pongal Recipe

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 11:48

The Oats Ven Pongal Recipe is a simple, wholesome and full of flavor dish that is very quick and easy to make. The Oats Pongal is made very similar to the Traditional Rice Ven Pongal, except that the cooking time is reduced. I created this recipe as part of my Saffola FitFoodie, collaboration. Surprisingly, the addition of oats did not change the taste of the Pongal and it still remained to be creamy and full of flavors from the ghee, ginger and black pepper. If you are looking to cut down rice from your diet then the recipe of Oats Pongal will be a hit.
Medu Vada Recipe in Sambar (Non Fried Fritters in Tangy Lentil Curry)

Medu Vada Recipe in Sambar (Non Fried Fritters in Tangy Lentil Curry)

Monday, 21 October 2013 15:59

The Non Fried Medu Vada Recipe is a simple healthy and nutritious recipe of the urad dal vada.  In this recipe, I have made the Vada’s healthy by using the Kuzhi Paniyaram pan as opposed to the traditional method of deep frying the vada's. Serve the delicious medu vadas along with a Mixed Vegetable Sambar topped with finely chopped onions. If you are looking for more Vada Recipe here are some :  Vada Pav Recipe - A Delicious Indian Street Food Aloo Vada Recipe-Batata Vada/Deep Fried Potato Patties Dahi Vada Recipe - Lentil Dumplings in a Sweet and Spicy Yogurt
Mixed Vegetable Sambar Recipe

Mixed Vegetable Sambar Recipe

Monday, 21 October 2013 13:45

The Mixed Vegetable Sambar recipe is a simple and quick method of making sambar in a single pot. The most important ingredient of making the sambar is the homemade sambar powder and every home and every kitchen in south india has a unique recipe of making the sambar powder. Below you will see the video recipe of how to make sambar using a variety of mixed vegetables. If you are looking for more south Indian Recipe here are some: Thakkali Rasam Recipe (South Indian Tomato Rasam) South Indian Coconut Chutney (For Idli's & Dosa's) Ven Pongal Recipe (South Indian Rice and Lentil Pudding)
Paal Payasam Recipe (Rice Kheer/Pudding)

Paal Payasam Recipe (Rice Kheer/Pudding)

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 12:54

Paal Payasam or Rice Kheer is one of those traditional, classic festive recipes made during celebrations across India. In South India, it is usually made for the occasion of Pongal, the celebration of harvest and bounty. Paal Payasam is a rich rice pudding made by simmering rice in milk and sugar slowly until it achieves a pudding-like consistency. This recipe of the pal payasam or the kheer is very simple to prepare in just a few steps, making it easy for smaller families or for working women who have less time to prepare for the day's festivities. You might also like to try these other popular Pongal recipes to prepare a special meal for your family: Ven Pongal served with Kathirikai Gothsu, Medu Vadas in Sambar and Thengai Sadam.
Thengai Sadam Recipe (A Quick and Healthy Coconut Rice)

Thengai Sadam Recipe (A Quick and Healthy Coconut Rice)

Monday, 19 August 2013 12:37

South Indian Thengai Sadam Recipe is a simple and flavorful rice made from freshly grated coconut and spices that can be prepared in a very short time. The Coconut Rice is a traditional South Indian dish that makes a perfect lunch box and can be put together in a matter of minutes, especially during the maddening morning rush hours. Other Rice recipes that you can try are: Beetroot Rice (Pulao) Recipe Lemon Rice Recipe (Elumichai Sadam/Chitranna) Carrot Rice Recipe (Spiced Carrot Pulao)
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Puliyodharai / Puliyogare Recipe (Spicy Tamarind Rice) with Pulikachal

Puliyodharai / Puliyogare Recipe (Spicy Tamarind Rice) with Pulikachal

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 13:01

Puliyodharai/ Puliyogare or Tamarind Rice is a tangy-spicy South Indian Rice variety, which is known for its long shelf life and great travel food. If you are going for picnic or long journey and need food that can stay fresh without being refrigerated, then Puliyogare is the right choice. But for me, I can relish this flavorful rice anytime of the week or year. A great way to make this is to use left over rice which is grainy made using a pressure cooker. Serve Puliyodharai / Puliyogare Recipe along with Beetroot Raita or any other raita of your choice for lunch or dinner. If you like this recipe, you can also try other rice recipe such as Lemon Rice Recipe Pudina Rice Recipe Spinach Rice Recipe
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Mixed Vegetable Poricha Kootu Recipe (Steamed Vegetable in Coconut and Lentil Curry)

Mixed Vegetable Poricha Kootu Recipe (Steamed Vegetable in Coconut and Lentil Curry)

Thursday, 17 January 2013 22:14

Mixed Vegetable Poricha Kootu is a delicious preparation of the steamed vegetables that is cooked in a coconut and lentil curry. The Poricha Kootu is a traditional south Indian recipe that is great comfort food. Serve the Mixed Vegetable Poricha Kootu along with steamed rice and Vathal Kozhambu. If you like this recipe, you can also try our South Indian recipes like Manathakkali Kootu Recipe Pudalangai Milagu Kootu Recipe - South Indian Snake Gourd Curry Vendaikai (Okra) Puli Kootu Recipe Chow Chow and Carrot Kootu Recipe

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