Pongal 2020: How to make a recipe for easy temple-style home come and its meaning!
It is that time of the year, when happiness and enthusiasm are in the air, and with Pongal just around the corner, it is time to celebrate. This year, Pongal falls on January 15, 2020.
It is quite interesting to see how solar transit is adored and celebrated throughout the country in the hope that it will bring a wave of happiness and prosperity for the family and the community. Each region has a unique way of celebrating Makar sankranti and in the southern region of the country it is celebrated as Pongal.
Srilakshmi Sudhkaran, an artist by profession, still feels that “the prasadam prepared at home during Pongal was so delicious that even after the festival, we look forward to this delight! The taste of prasadam ven pongal was simply unmatched, and to date I feel so nostalgic when visiting the temple and eating the prasadam. It is no less than reliving the old days of eating prasadam with the whole family. ”
Like her, this authentic delight of South India will remind you of your childhood days and how the prasadam of the temple was so special. So, if you also want to recreate the nostalgia of the old days and appreciate the moments with your family, then here is a quick and easy Temple-style Ven Pongal recipe, which you can prepare at home without much effort.
Why is rice important in Pongal?
Rice plays the most important role in this festival, as it is one of the most prominent harvest festivals. According to the renowned astrologer, Manav Jaitley, rice is one of the first crop crops in the entire country, therefore, it is believed that delicacies prepared with rice bring much luck and prosperity.
What is Ven Pongal?
Ven Pongal is one of the most famous prasadam offered to the deity in the temples of southern India. Apart from that, this authentic delicacy has been a popular breakfast delicacy for centuries. At the Pongal festival, this delight is prepared in most homes to offer as prasad and then distributed to friends, family and needy people. Prepared with rice, butter, moong dal, nuts and a mixture of spices and herbs. This delicious delicacy is served with coconut chutney, medu vada, sambhar and spicy chutney.
The meaning of Ven Pongal
According to tradition, associated with Pongal, it is believed that preparing Ven pongal brings much good fortune. In fact, it is believed that boiling the rice until it leaves the container is a ritual and should be followed every year. This symbolic act has been followed for centuries, since in doing so, people seek the blessing of the Almighty and pray for the abundance of resources in their homes.
How to make the recipe Come Pongal temple style
This authentic recipe from South India is prepared with some readily available ingredients such as moong dal, rice, curry leaves, cashews, ghee and some spices. This easy recipe is perfect for festivals and occasions. There are several variations of this recipe, but here is a simple temple style recipe, which you can prepare for your loved ones in just 30 minutes.
Ven Pongal ingredients
1 cup of rice
3 teaspoons butter
1 piece of green chili
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 pinches of salt
1/2 cup moong dal
1 tablespoon refined oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1 handful curry leaves
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 pinch of asafoetida
6 cups of water How to make Ven Pongal
Wash and soak the rice and moong dal in water for 10 minutes. Drain the water and put them in the pressure cooker. You can also use a deep-bottomed container to prepare it and make sure how you prepare rice and moong dal over the flows according to tradition.
Add 4 1/2 cups of water, salt and butter. Mix well. Press on low heat until you hear 5 whistles and then turn off the flame.
Once the pressure decreases, open the lid and shred well.
In a small pan, heat the ghee and oil over medium heat. Add green chili, ginger, curry leaves, cumin, pepper, asafoetida and cashew nuts. Roast until they turn golden. You can add small pieces of coconut to make it more delicious. (Optional)
Add it to the rice and mix well. Decorate with fresh coriander leaves and your 'ven pongal temple style' is ready to serve!