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Learn to Make Sweet Pongal, the Traditional Way

For the ones curious to know how to make the traditional sweet pongal,  here is the recipe.   Comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Read on to Learn to make Sweet Pongal.

1 cup – Short grain rice (new rice is preferred)
½ cup – yellow moong dal (paasi parupu / payatham Pappu)
1 – 1½ cups – jaggery, crushed to fine powder, soaked in half cup water. (prefer the brown one not the yellow one)
¼ cup each – cashews and  raisins
¼ cup – ghee, melted
4 cardamom pods – skins removed and seeds powdered finely
3 cups each – milk and water (or 2 cups each, if you like a halwa like pongal)

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Alanganallur Jallikattu, the Spanish Bull Fight of Tamilnadu

Alanganallur Jallikattu is synonymous with bravery and people in Tamilnadu is witnessing this event from olden days. Alanganallur is located near Madurai, a temple town of Tamilnadu. This event is conducted every year during pongal time ( any day from January 14 – 18th). This year it is on 15 Jan 2012.

Traditionally love and valour have been great virtues of Tamil culture and at Jallikattu they are intertwined. By proving his valour a young man increases his status among girls choosing a suitor.  In modern times Jallikattu, like European equivalents such as the Pamplona bull-running, is facing increasing condemnation.

Bulls in the competition are known for their grievous assaults on competitors resulting in fatal injuries.  Unlike at Pamplona, the spectators face as great a risk as the competitors as there are no barricades to stop the bulls charging into the crowd. The Supreme court of India allowed the event to continue with many imposed restrictions to protect human life and animals. Read on..

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Celebrate Pongal Festival at DakshinaChitra with Sweet Pongal, Folk Dance and More

Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated by Tamilians for four days. Pongal Festival, most popular in Tamilnadu will be celebrated withgreat pomp and grandeur at Dakshinachitra, creating the mood and colours of rural Tamilnadu, The traditional sweet Pongal will be prepared and served by the housekeepers in the Tamil Nadu street. Thanjai.G.Raju and troupe from Tamilnadu will perform Folk Dances like Myillattam, Poikal Kudirai and Karagam on all six days. Pongal is ritually prepared in the open air and served. There will be Bullock cart rides organized for the festival.

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