Spicy Pongal for Sankranti
Written by Jayashree
Spread the love

This year,January 15 is Makar Sankranti , a very important festival in South India. It marks new beginnings. The previous day too, is celebrated by giving fresh grains and other cereals to elderly married ladies.It symbolises sharing and good will to others.Houses are decorated with colourful rangolis. Lunch is a welcome meal of bajra roti along with stuffed brinjal and moong . Pongal, a rice dish is also prepared on this day. 

Here is the recipe of Pongal for you all. 


  • moong dal 1cup
  • rice 1 cup
  • cumin 2tsp
  • dhania 3tsp
  • pepper 12
  • salt to taste
  • water 8 cups
  • ghee 1tbsp +1tsp
  • cashew 10
  • cloves 5






Grind cumin,dhania and pepper together.Take a bowl and wash the rice and moong dal together. Put them in a pressure cooker and add water to it. Put the grind powder,turmeric, one tablespoon of ghee, salt and stir well. Close the lid and allow to cook for one whistle. In a small kadai,heat the remaining ghee, add cloves and cashew nuts. Temper the pongal with it and serve hot with gojju.

To make Gojju :

Gojju can be made in raw or cooked form.

Ingredients for raw gojju :

  • tamarind pulp 1cup
  • jaggery 1tbsp
  • groundnut pwder
  • salt to taste
  • oil 1tsp
  • asafoetida
  • turmeric powder 1/4 tsp


Mix all ingredients together. Make seasoning and add to it. Serve it as an accompaniment with pongal.

The cooked gojju can be found here.

Check out my e-books Subscribe to get an e-book for free!

[social_share style=”bar” align=”horizontal” heading_align=”inline” facebook=”1″ twitter=”1″ google_plus=”1″ linkedin=”1″ pinterest=”1″ /]



  1. Shubha

    DElicious!! Used to eat alot of pongal and gojju during my stay in mysore.. U brought back all those memories:)

    • jayashree

      Thankyou Subha good to know that..lol

  2. Jeena

    Pongal is my fav.. This looks filling and tasty.

    • jayashree

      Thankyou so much Jeena

  3. shobha

    Pongal is my favourite dish.

    • jayashree

      Thankyou Shobha

  4. Suhasini

    both pongal n gojju looks awesome n tasteful

    • jayashree

      Thankyou so much Suhasini.

  5. Roja Meeran

    very tasty pongal..my favourite

    • jayashree

      Thankyou so much Roja Meeran


Appreciate all your comments.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.



Hello and Welcome to my blog! I am Jayashree from India. An enthusiastic blogger, with a zest for life.  I believe in living life to the fullest.

Cooking has been my passion. I have always loved to try new recipes.  Writing has been a feel good factor and extremely  loving it. With these two passions of mine, my culinary blog was born. Read More…


Popular categories

Related Post

South Indian Vegetable Spice Mix | Palyada Pudi

South Indian Vegetable Spice Mix | Palyada Pudi

  Vegetable Spice Mix/ Palyada Pudi is one of the essentials in any South Indian kitchen. It is versatile to use, may be used in simple stir fry to dals cooked with green leaf. The ingredients needed are simple and easily found in the kitchen. South Indian...

Watermelon Rind Dosa | Watermelon Rind Recipes

Watermelon Rind Dosa | Watermelon Rind Recipes

Watermelon Rind Dosa is a delicious and unique breakfast option. It is soft, spongy and porous.  It is vegan and gluten free  and as the name suggests watermelon rind is used in it. Considering the fact, watermelon rind is healthier, I don't like to waste it. The rind...

Vegetable Pulav Recipe

Vegetable Pulav Recipe

Veg Pulao is flavoursome and ideal for weekend lunch. The freshness of mint and coconut gives a good taste to this variety of pulao.  Usually Sundays call for something different and I end up making a variety of pulav. These folks come leisurely for breakfast on...

Get your Free Copy Today

Cooking is a wonderful job if you love it. It helps you to make tasty dishes for your loved ones. But it can be a chore, if one has many errands at hand. Thus, one needs to cook efficiently. It can be done by using the handy hints which make cooking easier, by saving the time or making better dish by using an ingredient instead of other. Here are a hundred handy hints which I have put them in two different categories. One is store wise and the other is cook wise.

%d bloggers like this: