Pongal recipes: Time to satiate your taste buds!

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | BHAVANA AKELLA
Published Jan 11, 2017, 12:39 am IST
Updated Jan 11, 2017, 12:41 am IST
Learn to prepare the most ancient and tastiest of Pongal recipes.
Saffron Pongal
 Saffron Pongal

Dating back to as early as the Sangam Age, Pongal comes with a lot of history attached to it. While traditionally, this harvest festival has been all about celebrating the newest of the harvests, paying due respect to livestock, the earth and the sun, urbanisation has gradually taken the true essence away from the festival, reducing it to just another holiday.

With the festivities, from some of the most colourful kolams to delectable spreads gradually being cut down in metropolitans, DC gets its hands on some of the oldest Pongal recipes from the state, from as old as 500 years ago, which one can recreate at home without sweating much. Here’s your route to remaking some of our most delicious past!

 

Akkasi

Ingredients:

  • Raw rice (broken) —  500 gms                            
  • Moong dal — 300 gms
  • Ghee — 150 ml
  • Milk — 500 ml
  • Cumin, ginger, peppercorns — 30 gms each
  • Red chillies, green chillies, curry leaves — as required

 

  • Method:
  • In a pressure cooker, add ghee, and saute cumin, peppercorns, chillies and onions.
  • Add the soaked rice, dal and required water to pressure cook it.
  • Simmer for five minutes before taking the pot off the heat, mix well and serve.

Saffron Pongal

Ingredients:

  • Rice —  500 gms                             
  • Milk — 5 litres
  • Cashew nuts — 200 gms
  • Saffron — 2 gms
  • Salt — 1/4 tsp
  • Sugar — 1 kg

Method:

  • Wash and soak the rice for half an hour.
  • Keep a vessel on the fire, add rice and milk and cook till it becomes soft. Add sugar and mix well.
  • Mix the saffron in little quantity of warm milk and mix well to release its colour. Add fried cashews and serve hot.

(Recipes from Chef Damu)

Panagkalkandu (Palm Sugar) Pongal

Ingredients:

  • Rice —  500 gms                              
  • Milk — 500 ml
  • Moong dal— 250 gms
  • Palm sugar — 1 kg
  • Ghee — 150 gms
  • Cardamom powder — 1tsp

Method:

  • Wash and soak the rice and dal for half an hour and pressure cook together.
  • Release the pressure and add milk, while on fire, along with palm sugar and mix well.
  • Add sauteed dry fruit like cashews, dried grapes to the rice mixture and serve hot.

Mustard paneer bhajji

Ingredients:

  • Paneer —  300 gms                              
  • Mustard — 3 tbsp
  • Poppy seeds —  3 tsp
  • Hung yogurt— 1/4 cup
  • Grated coconut — 1/2 cup

 

Method:

  • Soak poppy seeds in warm water and grind to a paste with the remaining ingredients.
  • Marinate the paneer in the paste with added green chilli, salt, turmeric.
  • Fry the cubes in hot mustard oil and serve.

(Recipe from Chef Sivagami Nathan, The Residency Towers)

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