Paal (Milk) Pongal and Spicy Vegetable gravy

Happy Pongal and Happy New Year to you all !

Pongal is a harvest festival where Hindus give thanks to the Gods of Earth and Cattle. This festival is celebrated in South India and lasts for four days. Pongal gets its name from the Tamil word meaning "to boil". It is held in the month of January during the season when rice is harvested. 


Pongal is usually either sweet or a spicy rice dish with each having their own versions. This recipe is my mother-in-law's version and is a huge favorite in our family. Thanks for both recipes Dipta! :) Enjoy this  Pongal recipe and the delicious vegetable gravy that goes with it !


Paal (Milk) Pongal 
Serves: 2
Ingredients:
4 cups Milk 
1/2 cup water 
1 cup rice 
salt to taste 
Method:
1. Soak rice in water for 10 minutes. 
2. Take a stock pot, add milk, water and bring to a boil. 
3. Add rice to stock pot and keep stirring until rice is cooked. 
4. Add salt, mix well and remove from heat. 


Spicy Vegetable Gravy
Serves:4
Ingredients:
1 yam
1 taro 
1 sweet potato (Indian)
1 cup peanuts 
1/2 cup green beans 
2-4 green chillies (to taste)
1 cup pumpkin 
1-2 tbsps sambar powder/rasam powder (to taste)
Salt to taste 
small piece of jaggery
lime size tamarind 
Method: 
1. Cut all vegetables into bite size chunks. 
2. Add veggies, peanuts and green chillies into a pressure cooker. 
3. Add enough water and pressure cook for 2 whistles. 
4. Remove from heat and let it cool. 
5. Add salt, jaggery, tamrind, rasam powder/ sambar powder and mix well. 
6. Bring to a boil. 


Serve Spicy Vegetable Gravy with Paal Pongal !

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