Breakfast On Mattu Pongal

The day after Pongal is "Mattu Pongal" - a celebration of cattle (particularly cows and bulls) that play a vital role in our lives - by working hard to help farmers raise crops and nurturing us. In our village, "Manja Virattu" is an integral part of the celebration. We would see a parade of decked Bulls on their way to the open ground where the sport is held.
Every festival has its own special food being prepared on the day. And, it does taste best on those days. Especially when it has been offered to the Gods'. So also - Pongal!
I would hazard a guess that almost all Chettiar homes will serve Idiappam (thalichchadu) with Pongal Kuzhambu for breakfast on Mattu Pongal. The gravy made on Pongal day is simmered with the addition of other side made for lunch, until it condenses and becomes thick. It tastes great with thalichcha Idli (for dinner on Pongal day) and Idiappam. It is a thoughtful tradition followed at home, as we get some rest after the feast.

Pic taken from my mobile camera.


Priya Sreeram said…
nice post-- the plate looks inviting !

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