Pongal 2024-7 best traditional South Indian dishes

Here are seven popular and delightful Pongal recipes

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Milagu Pongal

Like Ven Pongal, Milagu Pongal emphasises black pepper. It's made like Ven Pongal but with more black pepper for a fiery bite.

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Ven Pongal

A savoury dish made with rice and lentils (usually moong dal), cooked together and seasoned with black peppercorns, cumin, ginger, and curry leaves.

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Sakkarai Pongal

Also known as Sweet Pongal, this dish is made with rice, moong dal, jaggery, ghee, cashews, and raisins. It's flavoured with cardamom and has a rich, sweet taste.

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Medhu Vadai

This doughnut-shaped fritter is cooked with urad dal, onions, curry leaves, and spices. Pongal festivities generally include this crunchy, soft dish with sambar or coconut chutney.

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Tamarind pulp, veggies, and spices make this lentil-based vegetable stew delicious. It goes with various South Indian meals, including Pongal.

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It is a delectable dish composed of milk, rice, sugar, cardamom and saffron. It can contain lentils or vermicelli. Final Pongal dessert is payasam.

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Coconut Chutney

This is a popular complement. It contains shredded coconut, roasted lentils, green chillies, mustard seeds, curry leaves, and urad dal. It compliments savoury Pongal meals well.

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