The Harvest festival of Tamilnadu called Pongal or Thai Pongal conjures up images of colorful pots overflowing with milk, dal and rice and little kids and elders exclaiming ecstatically Pongalo Pongal..the ,exchange of ellu bella, ( sesame seeds and jaggery ) in Karnataka where it is called Makara Sankranthi , long lanky green sugarcane , juices dripping from little children s mouth trying to gnaw away at the hard skin of juicy sugarcane , overflowing pots indicating abundance and prosperity, the colorful but highly risky bullock / cattle races in Tamilnadu districts., the large colorful rangolis, kolams colorful geometrical and floral patterns drawn in front of every home specially in the rural areas , the smoky fires cooking the Pongal pots , pots themselves colorfully decorated. One can go on and on, as this great Harvest festival is not attached to any one particular region in India.
The festival marks the beginning of new things and the end of the harvest season. Farmers are happy their efforts have been rewarded despite the various odds and now it is time to celeberate and offer gratitude to Surya /Sun God.
Every state has its own name and way of celebration, but the essence remains the same, heralding the spring, the beginning of harvest and offering prayers to the Gods thankful for the good harvest and beginning of good times ahead. It is very auspicious month in Tamilnadu when every new venture is timed to co incide with the onset of spring and the festival.
2. Choose the utensil to prepare the pongal, either the pressure cooker or a covered Pressure pan or any hard based deep pan with a lid would suffice.
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