Pongal is celebrated from January 13 to 16 every year. The festival marks a period of plenty, peace and happiness.On the first day known as Bhogi, people clean their homes thoroughly and in the evening, all unwanted things are lit in a bonfire. The second day is Pongal, the most important and also called Surya Pongal because people worship Surya, the Sun God and his consorts, Chaya and Samgnya. The third day, Mattu Pongal, is meant to offer thanks to the cows and buffaloes, as they are used to plough the lands. Jallikattu, a violent taming the bull contest, marks this day. On the last day, Kanum Pongal, people go out to picnic.
SIGNIFICANCE OF BHOGI
Another legend says: A major activity on the day is the burning of things that are of no use; We are supposed to control our senses and clean kama, krodha, moha, lopa etc so that spiritual Bhogam in our life is fulfilled.
SIGNIFICANCE OF PONGAL
Makar Sankranti is the day when the sun enters into the zodiac Capricorn or Makara. It is also known as Uttarayana Punyakalam .The sun journeys northward. The days are gradually lengthening in the northern hemisphere.
Makara Sakranti signifies that we should turn away from the darkness to brightness
Lord Surya is worshipped on the Makar Sankranti day and is a form of Nature Worship. Taking a holy dip on this day on river Ganga is considered to cleanse sins committed and this will lead to Moksha (Salvation).
Uttarayana Punyakalam, the day time of Devas, begins with the Makar Sankranti and lasts for six months
Makar Sakranti is also celebrated with great enthusiasm as the Kite flying day
Makara Sakranti is called Pongal by the Tamilians,. The day begins with sun worship. The newly harvested corn is then cooked for the first time.
SIGNIFANCE OF KANU PONGAL
Kanu pongal , which falls on the third day of Pongal. The significance of the kanu pongal is that the women of the house take a few moments to think about their brothers, and pray for the welfare of their brothers, who might be in different parts of the world.
Women in the family pray for the welfare of their respective brothers and keep little balls of yellow, red and white cooked rice, banana small jaggry piece on turmeric leaf and invite crows, all the while reciting the below verse, in a hope that brother sister relationship may remain strong forever like the family of crows. They then perform a small puja and .
This is festival time for crows. A lavish spread is laid out for the birds during Kanum Pongal festival
Kaaka pidi vechen,
one small ball of food for the crow,One small ball of food for the Kanu festival,
Sparrow’s baby shower
Let the in-laws house overflow with prosperity
Let the house that we were born in be ever happy.
Make this Pongal a healthy Pongal by with our traditional small millet like barnyard (Kuthiraivaali), fox tail millet (thinai), bajra (kambu) , kodo millet (varagu), little millet (samai) etc. Usually we use the ordinary rice for making the dishes during Pongal. But this time I’ve made all the recipes with small millet.
Wish you and your family a very Happy, prosperous, peaceful and healthy Pongal
Let's go to our recipe.
Kuthiraivali/ Barnyard sugarcane sarkarai Pongal is delicious and healthy. It is made with barnyard millet, lentil and cane juice. Barnyard millet is high in fibre and rich in minerals. Millets are a store house of nutrients. They are rich in iron, calcium and other minerals. In old times these were used predominantly compared to the regular paddy rice. They are the reasons for the strength and immunity of the previous generations.. They are also gluten free.Barnyard millet has the lowest carbohydrate content and energy value amongst all the varieties of Millets. The bran layers of millets are good sources of B-complex vitamins.
Sugarcane juice - 3 cups
Finely grated fresh coconut - 1/4 cup
Finely grated fresh coconut - 1/4 cup
Wash the kuthiraivali rice and dal well.
Add three cups of sugarcane juice and pressure cook for six whistles to eight whistles.
Fry cashews and raisins in ghee and add it to the sarkarai pongal.
Add grated coconut and the cardamom powder and mix well.
The healthy cany Kuthiraivali sarkarai pongal is ready for naivedyam.
Offer it to sun god and serve .