Pongal wishes to you and your family! 🙂 Enjoy these pongal delicacies, prepared the whole foods plant based way to achieve and preserve perfect health!
Picture this. It’s a fresh, cool morning. The sun is just rising. Before you, like the sea, you see swathes of lush green fields. Amidst the chirping of the birds, you hear some merry bubbling sounds behind you. You turn around to find all the families from the village gathered around a large mud placed on a wood fire. Fresh turmeric, sugarcane and jasmine flowers are tied with a yellow thread around the pot, which has been beautifully decorated with vibhuthi and kumkumam.
Children are running around with sugarcane pieces in their hands, wide grins revealing their sparkling white, strong teeth. Sugarcane, paddy, til or sesame, and groundnuts have all been freshly harvested. Sugarcane juice has been boiled down to get yummy dark jaggery. Everybody has prepared ellu bella at home, along with a feast of ven pongal, sweet pongal, and a wide variety of other dishes.
“Pongaloooo pongal!” Everybody rejoices as the pot overflows! They excitedly rush to see which direction it has overflowed. Each direction – north, south, east and west – have a special significance. The old lady standing close to the pot smiles to herself, knowingly. Perhaps she positioned the pot carefully so that it overflows in the direction she wanted! 🙂
Feels wonderful, doesn’t it? You have just imagined Thai Pongal or Makar Sankranti, the harvest festival! 🙂
What do Pongal and Makar Sankranti mean?
January 14th is the day the Sun transits (called Sankranti) into Capricorn constellation (called Makara). It begins its journey upwards, from South to North (called Uttarayanam). Days become longer, warmer and brighter, which is a welcome change after the cold winter winds!
The community boils freshly harvested rice and dal, with milk and jaggery in a mud pot on a wood fire in the open and when it overflows, it is called ‘Pongal’. Thai Pongal is the name for this day, and it represents overflowing prosperity from the new harvest.
The day after Makar Sankranti, leftover rice from the previous day that has been soaked in water is prepared with turmeric and lime and fed to the birds. People eat the leftover rice too, in the form of chitranna, puliyogre, and other kinds of mixed rice preparations.
“Kaka Pudi Vecchen, Kanu Pudi Vecchen, Kakaikkum Kuruvikum Kalyaanam!” sing ladies as they pray for their siblings’ well-being, while the brother waits with their gifts.
Pongal Special Recipes
The special dishes made for pongal or makar sankranti use mainly jaggery, rice, lentils, til or sesame, peanuts or groundnuts, and freshly harvested vegetables. However, there are many dishes you could make with these ingredients. Some of the best recipes are below.
The mixed rice and other preparations with leftover are interestingly never served to the Gods. This is a reminder that fresh food is the best food, the only food that is fit for worship. Let us worship the temple of our soul, our body, and feed it only fresh food every day! 🙂
Our recipes are all Whole Foods Plant Based recipes, which means they have the power to prevent and reverse chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, PCOS, infertility, asthma and cancer. With absolutely no compromise on taste, you can show off your plate and your healthy, fit family to your friends!
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