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Mixed Millets Pongal

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It’s time for Pongal celebration, let me share something more along with a Pongal recipe. Pongal, a tamilian festival, celebrated by Tamilians all over the world. I would say it’s a tamilian Thanksgiving Festival. Pongal celebrated for four days, already I have shared about these four days celebration.

Let me share something related with today’s life, and this comes under the first day celebration and so called as “BHOGI”. On this day people discard the old belongings and assemble at dawn to light a bonfire in order to burn the discards. Also on that day the houses are cleaned, painted and decorated to give a festive look.

As of now to today’s lifestyle, we don’t paint the house or light bonfire and burn the discards. But we tend to clean the houses, cleaning the houses doesn’t mean only dusting, it means a lot – the most irritating thing are the cockroaches. Even when you crush them, they come back to you or scroll here and there all over the house. The most important place is the kitchen, where they reside. Not only on Pongal, but I use to clean the whole house or at least kitchen once in every month. As they run here and there all over the kitchen in the nights, nowadays the kitchen needs to be cleaned at least once in a week, as these cockroaches leads to food poisoning and further develops to a flu and then to a disease.

It’s better to spray Lal HIT(the red one), a product from Godrej – to kill the cockroaches, even the hidden ones. Once you are done with regular cleaning of utensils and moping of kitchen, spray the Godrej LAL HIT into sink, under gas cylinder and refrigerator at night. Its unique deep reach nozzle would help you reach every nook and corner of the kitchen. Now, sleep peacefully as it would kill all the cockroaches, even the hidden one.

Stay away from Cockroaches which causes food poisoning and later develops to a disease, which spoils your health, happiness and peace. #SayNoToFoodPoisoning

Now let me move on to the next day – Pongal. People celebrate by preparing Pongal and offer it to Sun God. As of today’s trend I prepared Pongal with few variety of millets along with green gram dal, jaggery, milk and ghee. Let us move on to the recipe…

Wish you all a happy and prosperous Pongal – PONGAL O PONGAL

Mixed Millets Pongal (sweet Pongal)

Ingredients:

  • Millets (varagu, samai, kuthiravalli, thinai) – 1 ½ cups
  • Green gram dal/Moong dal/Paasiparuppu – ¾ cup
  • Jaggery (crushed) – 1 ¼ cups
  • Milk – ½ litre
  • Ghee/Clarified Butter – 4 tbsp
  • Cashew nuts – 15 nos
  • Raisins – 10 nos
  • Grated coconut – ½ cup
  • Salt – ¼ tsp

Preparation:

  • Clean and wash all the millets and green gram dal together, drain the water and keep it aside.
  • Heat 2 tsp of ghee in a pressure-cooker, add in the cleaned millets and dal. Cook for few mins or until a good aroma comes out.
  • Pour in ¼ litre of milk along with ¾ litre of water, sprinkle the salt, let it boil, cover with the lid and pressure-cook for 3 whistles (it should be mashed).
  • Heat a tbsp. of ghee in a heavy bottomed vessel, transfer this pressure-cooked millets to it.
  • Pour in the leftover milk and a cup of water, let it boil for 5 mins (It should come to mashing consistency).
  • Add in the crushed jaggery and continue stirring it in low flame.
  • Meanwhile, heat the leftover ghee in a kadai, cook the cashew nuts and raisins, until it turns golden brown.
  • Add in the grated coconut to the millets, and continue stirring and cook for few more mins.
  • Pour in ¾ th portion of the cashew nuts and raisins, to the millets along with the ghee, stir it well in low flame until the ghee gets blend well with the Pongal.
  • Remove from fire and transfer it to another vessel.

Serve hot by topping the leftover fried cashew nuts and raisins.

Do check out my other pongal recipes in this link: https://madraasi.com/2015/01/14/pongal-recipes-wish-you-all-a-happy-pongal-with-madraasi/

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Diwali / Deepavali – 2015

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Deepavali celebration at our home, clicks during pooja. Let me list out the dishes and click on the name of the food for recipe link:

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Easy 30+ Diwali recipes / Simple 30+ Deepavali recipes

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Diwali / Deepavali is one of the most important festivals of India, which is commonly celebrated by most of the Indians. Diwali or Deepavali means festival of lights, Diwali signifies the victory of light over darkness. Diwali falls between mid-October and mid-November.

Diwali is celebrated in different ways all over India. In TamilNadu, Diwali is known as Deepavali – means lamp lights, it signifies the death of Narakasura at the hands of Lord Krishna. Narakasura a demon, tortured people and then Lord Krishna defeated him. Then people celebrate the Narakasura’s defeat by taking oil bath, wearing clothes, preparing variety of sweets, wearing new dress, bursting crackers and then visiting temples. They also exchange sweets with neighbors and friends.

Diwali Sweets and Snacks

Diwali Sweets and Snacks

Usually I am fond of Deepavali right from the childhood as my name “DEEPA” relates with the Festival, moreover we get three to four new dress, the first one is a traditional dress may be a silk saree or silk pavadai (long skirt) for women and silk dhoti for men, the second one is a compulsory party wear and then the others may be of what is new in store or what is hot in trend. My mom and grand ma prepares sweets and savories for almost a week time. On the deepavali night we start bursting crackers, with care and safe. Not miss this but nowadays this had become the most essential – Television Programs with lots of live shows, recently released movies and so on. Also there will at least 4 to 5 new movies of top stars getting released and we use go for the movies on the next day.

Diwali recipes in youtube / Deepavali recipes / Diwali Video recipes –

As a food blogger now, let me share few of the Diwali sweets and savories with you and also stay tuned for few more upcoming recipes…

 

Savories

Lunch Recipes:

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