What is any celebration without a good healthy and luscious feast for us South Indians or anyone across the globe, for that matter? Food plays an important role in any kind of merrymaking and hence, is supposed to be as healthy as it is delicious. Read on for 5 different Pongal recipes you can try this season to serve your guests as they savor it with great satisfaction.
1. Avial (அவியல்)
A dish originated in Kerala, Avial is the mix of a fair amount of vegetables with the right choice of them to make people’s mouth water nonstop. A perfect combination of vegetables like string beans, raw bananas, snake gourd, yam and a lot of others cooked with yogurt and grated coconuts make this beautiful dish ready to dive into. The blend of these many vegetables makes sure you get a great serving of the right nutrients that you would otherwise have a hard time to consume in one meal. Go ahead and try it out with the link provided below for your guests to relish.
2. Arachuvitta Sambar (அரைச்சுவிட்ட சாம்பார் )
Arachuvitta in Tamil means grinded, hence this special sambar has a tad bit of distinctive taste and importance to itself. This sambar is made by adding a precise blend of certain spices, which is then made into a paste and added to the sambar. The link below shows how the sambar is beautifully put together by agrahara recipes with the patti explaining exactly why each item is used and its health benefits are. This is the best Pongal recipes which is commonly found in every household during the festival.
3. Rasam (ரசம் )
Rasam is probably the healthiest food item on this list as it is rich in vitamins and minerals and provides a healthy dose of antioxidants. It also makes sure the digestive system works smoothly and facilitates the digestion process. It is the best thing to be served as the end course of the meal due to its relishing taste and of course the way it helps the system digest food.
4. Vangi Bath (வாங்கி பாத் )
A popular breakfast dish in Karnataka, Vangi Bath is basically Brinjal rice with a mix of little healthy spices and, you got it right, Brinjal! Vangi Bath is prepared using Vangi Bath powder/masala, but don’t be worried if you don’t know how to make that. The link below also shows you how to make the powder along with the whole dish. This is a very healthy cuisine and the best part is that it very easy to make and requires very less of your time. On a side note, try to get basmati rice to make the dish as it would give that extra flavor to your otherwise wonderful dish.
5. Paal Payasam (பால் பாயசம் )
What is a healthy feast without a healthy dessert to go with? Paal Payasam, as the name suggests, is a dessert made from milk and other ingredients and it ends the pongal recipes with a sweet ending. Paal payasam is probably the best way to end your lunch/dinner but there are other payasam delicacies as well in case someone isn’t too fond of the former. On a lighter note, the usual use of sweetening products like sugar or milkmaid can be avoided and replaced with an otherwise underrated ingredient which is jaggery that is rich in iron. Jaggery also generates heat inside the body which is beneficial in this cold weather and also boosts immunity.
Having said all that, enjoy this Pongal to the fullest while ever so remembering to be a sensible person that doesn’t hurt the environment in any way possible.
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