Pongal Festival Recipes | 46 Pongal Food Recipes 2024

Get 46 Pongal festival recipes curated specially for you, which comprises of lunch, sweets and snacks recipes. This list mostly contains South Indian recipes that are usually made or can be made during the popular Pongal festival.

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What is Pongal

Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated in the state of Tamil Nadu from 14 January to 17 January. Pongal festival is dedicated to the Sun God (Surya Bhagwan) and is one of the most important festival for the people from Tamil Nadu.

On the same date (14th January), the festival of Makar Sankranti is also celebrated all over India in various ways. Both these festivals are celebrated during the harvest time and also signals the end of winters.

They are celebrated by farmers as a day of thanksgiving to sun god for their abundant crops. so it is the time of joy as well as gratitude. People exchange sweets and celebrate the festival with lot of joy and happiness.

About Pongal Festival Food Collection

This collection has mostly South Indian recipes that are made during Pongal festival. Most of the recipes listed below are made without onion and garlic.

However, in case if any recipe has onion or garlic, then you can skip them when preparing for the Pongal festival or for the deities.

This Pongal festival collection has recipes that can be made for main course as well as snack recipes and sweet recipes.

Wishing a Happy Pongal Festival to all our readers who celebrate.

Pongal Festival Lunch

1. Ven Pongal – Popular South Indian breakfast made with rice and yellow moong lentils.

ven Pongal recipe

2. Sweet Pongal – Sweet porridge like dish made with rice and mung lentils, flavored with cardamoms and dry fruits. Sweet Pongal is also known as sakkarai Pongal in tamil language is a sweet dish made during festive occasions in south India.

sweet Pongal recipe

3. Rava Pongal – Healthy breakfast recipe of Pongal made with rava and moong dal. Rava Pongal can be served with Coconut chutney, Mango Pickle or Curd. Though you can also have Pongal with Sambar.

rava Pongal recipe

4. Chakkara Pongal –  A variation of sweet Pongal that is made with rock sugar or sugar candy. Sugar candy is also known “mishri” in hindi. You can even use regular sugar to make this Pongal.

chakkara Pongal recipe

5. Tamarind Rice – Popular South Indian recipe of a tangy, sour & spiced rice. The recipe dish is also known as puliyodharai in tamil language.

tamarind rice recipe

6. Curd Rice – A popular South Indian rice variety that is served with a South Indian meal or South Indian thali.

curd rice recipe

7. Bisi Bele Bath – One of the most popular traditional rice-lentil-vegetable dish from the Karnataka cuisine. bisi bele bath is so popular that you get it so easily in the South Indian restaurants in bangalore.

bisi bele bath recipe

8. Lemon Rice – Crunchy, flavorful and sour rice recipe from south India. this lemon rice dish is one of the easiest to make. Already cooked or steamed rice is mixed with a spiced lemon and peanut mixture.

lemon rice recipe

9. Coconut Rice – Mild and light South Indian coconut rice also known as thengai sadam. tastes best with freshly grated coconut. But you can use frozen coconut too.

coconut rice recipe

10. Arachuvitta Sambar – Tasty mix vegetable sambar made with roasted & ground sambar masala. Arachuvitta sambar is made in tambrahm homes. So a tamil brahmin specialty. This sambar recipe is without onions and garlic. Also no sambar powder is added.

arachuvitta sambar recipe

11. Idli – Idli is a traditional breakfast made in every South Indian household. It taste yum when served with Coconut Chutney or Sambar. there are many Varieties of Idli recipes made like Rava Idli or Poha Idli or Kanchipuram Idli or Kotte Kadubu.

idli recipe

12. Poricha Kuzhambu – A healthy and delicious mix veggie based lentil gravy made with coconut+spice paste. The lentils used are tuvar dal (pigeon pea lentils). Though even moong lentils can be used.

poricha kuzhambu

13. Tomato Rice – Spicy South Indian tomato rice. to reduce the spiciness, just use less amounts of ginger-garlic paste, black pepper and red chili powder.

tomato rice recipe

14. Ghee Rice – Aromatic one pot rice made with ghee and spices from the South Indian cuisine.

ghee rice recipe

Sweets for Pongal Festival

1. Til ke Ladoo – Simple recipe of ladoo prepared with sesame seeds, jaggery, peanuts and desiccated coconut. In this till ladoo recipe, I have cooked the jaggery syrup to a soft ball stage. So this gives the ladoo a soft and chewy texture. You can also cook the jaggery syrup to hard ball stage and you will get firm and dense ladoos.

til ke ladoo recipe

2. Til Gud ke Ladoo – Delicious ladoo made with sesame seeds and jaggery. this is one of those healthy ladoo that not only has sesame seeds, but also has peanuts and desiccated coconut. A very easy recipe and within half an hour the ladoo will be ready.

til gud ke ladoo recipe

3. Kadalai Paruppu Payasam – a delicious sweet dessert made with coconut milk, chana dal and jaggery.

chana dal payasam recipe

4. Bobbatlu Recipe – Bobbatu or puran poli is one of the sweets that is made during festivals. In Telugu language, puran polis are known as bobbatlu or bobbatu. In Kannada language, they are called Holige or obbattu.

puran poli recipe

5. Unniyappam – these are sweet fritters made with rice, banana, a few spices and coconut. Unniyappam is one of those special sweets snacks from Kerala and are also served in the Onam sadya. unniyappam are also offered as prasad in some temples in Kerala.

Kerala unniyappam recipe

6. Poornam Boorelu – this is one of the most popular sweet snack from Andhra cuisine. These are deep fried snacks made with a stuffing of chana dal+jaggery and coated with rice+urad dal batter.

poornam boorelu recipe

7. Sabudana Payasam – This is the South Indian version of Sabudana Kheer. this sweet creamy dessert is also called as javvarisi payasam in tamil language.

sabudana payasam

8. Maladu Recipe – Quick, easy and tasty variant of ladoo made from roasted gram or roasted chana dal.

maa ladoo recipe

9. Rava Kheer – A quick, easy and tasty kheer made with semolina or sooji. gets done in about 20 minutes and is so simple that even a newbie can make it easily.

sooji kheer recipe

10. Aval Payasam – Delicious poha payasam made with flattened rice, ghee and milk.

aval payasam poha kheer recipe

11. Kesari – easy to prepare delicious rava kesari recipe or what we call Sooji Halwa. few more kesari recipes which you can make for Pongal festival are:

rava kesari

12. Rava Ladoo – Easy, quick and tasty recipe of ladoos made with semolina and coconut. Gets done in 20 minutes.

rava ladoo

13. Semiya Payasam – This is one of the easiest sweets that can be made for any festive occasion. the North Indian countepart of semiya payasam is Seviyan kheer.

semiya payasam recipe

14. Mysore Pak – Super delicious and a popular sweet from mysore. It is made with just three main ingredients – besan, ghee and sugar. This melt in the mouth rich sweet is so called as its was invented in the kitchens of the mysore palace.

mysore pak recipe

15. Boondi Ladoo – A delicious and popular Indian sweet made from besan (gram flour) batter. Another similar ladoo variety is Motichoor ladoo.

boondi ladoo recipe

16. Badam Halwa – South Indian style delicious badam halwa recipe. the recipe gives a really good badam halwa, which has the right sweetness and a lovely texture which is not soft and firm. But kind of between. One which gives a heavenly feeling when you savor the halwa.

badam halwa recipe

17. Rice Payasam – Sweet, creamy South Indian kheer or pudding made with milk and rice. You can also check this Moong Dal Payasam.

rice payasam recipe

18. Peanut Ladoo – A two ingredient easy recipe of ladoo made with roasted peanuts and jaggery.

peanut ladoo recipe

19. Coconut Ladoo – These are melt in the mouth coconut ladoo and I share two ways to make them.

coconut ladoo recipe with condensed milk

20. Coconut Barfi – An easy step by step recipe of coconut barfi made with condensed milk.

coconut barfi recipe

21. Whole Wheat Appam – Quick, sweet appams made with whole wheat flour, bananas and jaggery.

whole wheat appam recipe

22. Puran Poli – Flat bread stuffed with a sweet lentil filling made from skinned spilt bengal gram/chana dal and jaggery.

puran poli recipe

Savory Snacks

1. Butter Murukku – Simple, easy recipe of butter murukku. Murruku is the South Indian variation of the chakli that is made in maharashtra and Gujarat.

butter murukku recipe

2. Dal Vada – Yum and a favorite South Indian snack made with chana dal or bengal gram. You can serve chana dal vada with Coconut Chutney or Coriander Chutney or Mint Chutney or Tomato Ketchup.

chana dal vada recipe

3. Coconut Chutney – Quick to prepare coconut chutney recipe that goes extremely well with idli, dosa, uttapam and medu vada. I share two tasty coconut recipes in this link.

coconut chutney recipe

4. Ribbon Pakoda – A delicious variation of murukku and is also known as ribbon murukku, ola pakoda and nada thenkuzhal. These crisp fried ribbon shaped savory snack is easy to prepare and tastes good too.

ribbon pakoda recipe

5. Omapodi – A delicious and crispy South Indian snack of sev laced with the delicate aroma and flavor of ajwain or carom seeds. In tamil language they are called as omam.

omapodi recipe

6. Kara Boondi – A spiced version of boondi and a mixture consisting of boondi, peanuts, cashews, curry leaves and a few spices.

kara boondi recipe spicy boondi

7. Punugulu Recipe – Punugulu or punukulu are crisp fried snack from the Andhra cuisine. These fritters are made with Idli batter or Dosa batter.

punugulu recipe

8. Medu Vada – Crispy, soft and fluffy donut shaped fritters made with urad dal batter. These deep fried fritters are popularly known as medu vadai or minapa garelu.

ulundu vada recipe

9. Chakli – Crispy and crunchy chakli recipe. Chakli is a deep fried snack made from rice flour, gram flour, wheat flour or a mixture of lentil flours.

instant chakli recipe

This Pongal Festival Recipes collection from the archives was first published in January 2018. It has been updated and republished on January 2023.

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