Monday 13 January 2014

Paal Pongal Recipe/Milk Pongal Recipe/Vellai Pongal – Pongal Special – All about Bhogi Pongal/Paal Pongal with step by step photos

Wishing you all a Very Happy Bhogi Pongal, Thai Pongal , Mattu Pongal and Kaanum Pongal. Iniya Uzhavar Thirunaal Vaazhthukkal

Bhogi festival is the first day of Pongal and is celebrated in honor of Lord Indra, “the God of Clouds and Rains”. Lord Indra is worshipped for the abundance of harvest, thereby bringing plenty of prosperity to the land. It is also widely believed that Bhogi Pongal is the Indra Vizha festival observed during the Chola period. The first day of Pongal [Harvest festival] is the Bhogi Pongal is celebrated on the last day of the month of Margazhi.

On Bhogi Pongal, all the people clean their homes top to bottom, houses are painted, decorated, kolams drawn in front of the houses and burn all the unwanted things. It is a very fun filled event that happens early in the morning before the sun rises, the kids are given small drums and when the unwanted things are burned, the kids play the drums and welcome the “thai Pongal” which is celebrated the next day. But now people have totally misunderstood the real meaning of Bhogi and are burning rubber and plastic just for the sake of burning there by causing pollution. It is always said in Tamil Nadu that Bhogi is all about “Pazhaiyana Kazhidhallum Pudhiyana Pugudhallum” which actually means

Let’s burn all the useless superstitious thoughts in our mind and try to be more sensible.
Let’s burn all our enmity, vengeance, fear and try to love people more.
Let’s burn all our bad thoughts and become a new loving and a kind person.

Now coming to Paal Pongal, it is a very rich, creamy and delicious pongal made on Thai Pongal and also on Mattu Pongal. Paal Pongal is made with the fresh harvested rice along with milk and then offered to god with slices of bananas and a pinch of jaggery. Do check out how to make Sakkarai Pongal/Sweet Pongal, Ven Pongal, Vegetable Pongal,Ullundhu Vadai/Urad dal Vadai in the corresponding links.

Here’s how to make Paal Pongal with step by step photos…


Raw rice
1 cup
2 cups
1 cups
One pinch
Cooking time: 45 minutes                                    Recipe Category: Pongal/Neivedhyam
Serves: 3-4                                                               Recipe Cuisine: Tamil Nadu, India
Author: Priya Anandakumar


Boil milk and water in a heavy bottomed vessel.

Wash the rice thoroughly at least three times with water and drain it. Add the rice to the boiling milk.

Cook the rice in milk in medium flame until all the milk is absorbed and rice is really soft. If needed add more water to cook the rice softer. Keep stirring in between to avoid any burning of rice.

Now add a pinch of salt and mash the rice really well and switch off the stove.

Yummy, delicious and creamy Paal Pongal/Milk Pongal/Vellai Pongal is ready.

Offer it to god with sliced bananas and a small pinch of jaggery or serve it hot as such.

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  1. I like the bananas on top. Its something different but surely a wonderful idea.

  2. Happy Pongal .. :) this looks like kheer of a different kind
    I am going to try banana with it next time
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  3. Happy pongal priya .Yes we all have to burn the unwanted things .Missing pongal festival in a foreign country .But seeing others bloggers post i get very excited that i am celebrating pongal virtually .

  4. this is so yummmm.... happy pongal dear...

    had been away for some while, back now, keep in touch dear !

  5. பால் பொங்கலும் அதற்கான பக்குவமும் அருமை. பாராட்டுக்கள். இனிய பொங்கல் நல்வாழ்த்துகள்.

  6. Happy Pongal Priya...........yummy and delicious is your milk pongal.......

  7. very tempting pongal and enjoyed reading the wonderful information on Pongal. Happy Pongal Priya.

  8. Iniya pongal nalvazhthukal Priya,paal pongal looks rich n luscious

  9. looks so delicious and tempting..

  10. HAPPY PONGAL TO U AND UR FAMILY. Paal pongal looks really nice & delicious..

  11. Pal pongal looks delicious Priya, love those banana on the top.

  12. this looks like a rice pudding... looks so delicious...

  13. Delicious sweet vellai pongal, love it!!!

  14. Yummy Pongal.. Looks very comforting..

  15. Looks like a very healthy and delicious meal to me :)

  16. wow thats an very delicious and yummy pongal :)

  17. Thanks a lot to each and every one of you for your lovely and sweet comments...


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