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October 7, 2007



The West Gopuram(entrance gateway to the temple enclosure),Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai, Tamil Nadu (India).

FESTIVAL FOOD ! AAHHHH ! Nothing better, let the calories pile on,NO GUILT, SWEAR WILL DIET FROM TOMORROW ! HAHAHA!

Diwali is also just round the corner,yipee!,let the party begin !I am starting my personal party with Tamil festive food, wanna join in???

Just take a bite of this rich,creamy,nutty,sweet,delicious Pongal/payasam-


  • Rice-1 cup ,cooked
  • Milk- 3 cups,full cream
  • Sugar/Jaggery- acc. to taste
  • Dry fruits- mixed 1/2 cup
  • Cardamom- 1/2 tsp. powdered
  • Dry coconut- slivers 2 tbsp.


Boil milk in a heavy bottomed skillet, add rice ,cardamom and sugar/jaggery  and let cook , stirring all the time till thick and creamy, dry fruits can be- fried in desi ghee(clarified butter), then added or added without frying, choice is yours .Add the coconut slivers,grate some more on top.Serve warm or chilled,tastes excellent both ways !

Note:I know that traditionally yellow moong dal is added in Pongal, but I prefer it like this, much like the kheer ,we make in North India.Maybe this recipe could have also qualified for-Bellam Paramannam(sweet jaggery rice)!.23092007521                      Rich and creamy-sweet pongal/payasam

This pongal is on its way to vcuisine -http://vcuisine.blogspot.com/2007/09/rci-tamil-festivals-regional-cuisine-of.html

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Padma October 7, 2007 at 10:19 PM  

That looks so lovely, rich and creamy!

Lissie October 7, 2007 at 10:33 PM  

delicious kheer recipe! nice entry, bindiya!!

Apple October 7, 2007 at 11:18 PM  

Yummmm....Looks so delicious Bindiya...

Latha Narasimhan October 8, 2007 at 6:39 AM  

Grear recipe for RCI Bindiya! Nice tempting picture too!:))

Anonymous ,  October 8, 2007 at 9:42 AM  

It looks so good. I love pongal.


Vcuisine October 8, 2007 at 9:46 AM  

Thank you Bindiya. Appreciate your interest. The sweet pongal looks lovely. Will include it under Pongal festival. Viji

Happy cook October 8, 2007 at 3:24 PM  

Delicious payasam.
We went to Madurai 2 yrs ago

SHANTI BHANU October 9, 2007 at 8:34 PM  

looks good...nice pictures..

Cynthia October 9, 2007 at 9:22 PM  

One can always tell when holidays and festivals are around the corner as we throw caution to the wind, let down our hair and indulge in the treats that these events bring but once a year. Go on! Enjoy! :)

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