Happy Makar sakranti all of you. This sakranti is celebrated throughout India by different names. In eastern part of India this is known as Makar sakranti and Pousa parban, whereas in south this is called Pongal, in northern part this is known as Lohri . In few parts of India it is called as Bhogi or Utthrayan or Maghi.In odisha this is called Makar sakranti and celebrated with Makar chaula,lot of pithas and sweets.
The name may change but the ultimate aim is to celebrate the harvest festival. Pongal is a 4 days long festival celebrated in southern part of our country. On this occasion, people thank the Sun God for abundant agricultural crops. ‘Pongal’ got its name from Tamil word which means overflowing . This festival signifies good wishes, wealth, abundance and prosperity.
Tamil people welcome Pongal by decorating their houses with pongal kolams, make sweet pongal and go for family picnics while biting into the tasty sugarcane and sharing family stories. The best of South Indian dishes are relished during the harvest festival of Pongal , sweet pongal is one of those awesome recipes.
Sakkarai pongal or sweet pongal is considered as a king of all the desserts not only in Tamilnadu but also all over the world. The delicious , aromatic sweet pongal is also considered as a prasadam (prasad), which is usually offered to god. It Tamil ‘pon’ means Gold , which means the colour of sun.
Traditionally Tamil people used new rice for making Pongal and usually Pongal is made in clay pots. Few people still use clay pot for making pongal. In a new clay pot rice, dal, jaggery, clarified butter and dry fruits are allowed to boil over, signifying plenty and prosperity for the year ahead. This is offered to the Sun God and taken as prasad.
I learned making sweet Ponagl from my neighbor aunty. She makes awesome chutneys too. Aimed to learn lot of south indian dishes from her. After making Pongal my house was filled with sweet aroma, and attracted my baby towards it, even though she is not fond of ghee and sweet dishes.
Here are few more makar sakranti recipes ::