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Western Dessert after a meal on Pongal !! ...

Posted by
Sunder (Chennai, India) on 16 January 2011 in Food & Cuisine and Portfolio.

Pongal is the annual harvest festival celebrated by farmers.

It includes a lot of rituals including good food.

I was held up at work and missed all the events and palaver.
The Pongal meal & dessert was nearly finished ....

I helped myself to 3 scoops of icecream...
I hasten to add ,icecreams are traditionally NOT part of Pongal festivities.

Luke Wiley from Spokane Washington, United States

Looks very good to me!

16 Jan 2011 5:05am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Sunder, I asked your Dad what season Pongal was in. He said the Spring. The reason I asked was because, in the UK, the harvest festival is in the autumn, when the fruits have grown, and are ready for picking, so I guess it's a "Thankyou God" celebration. Is Pongal more of a "Please God" type of thing?

16 Jan 2011 7:34am

@CElliottUK: The harvest here refers mainly to paddy., from which rice is obtained.
( Rice being the staple food for people in South India - as opposed to wheat which is staple food in North India).
This festival marks the celebration after a good harvest, thanking the Sun God in particular.(Thank you God)
Pongal is celebrated over 4 days.
The first day is "Bhogi" - where the household is cleant and old items discarded.( something like "springcleaning" in UK)
The second day is "Thai Pongal" , thanking SunGod ( Thai is the Tamil month)
The third day is "Maattu Pongal" , where traditionally the cattle are worshipped..cattle being very important in agriculture.
The fourth day is "Kaanum Pongal"- where people go visiting relatives and freinds and catching up.

Having said this, these are traditionally observed in the rural villages mainly.

Strictly speaking there are no 4 seasons in India, - we do not have autumn and spring in the true sense of the word...No fall and regrowth -
We have summer ( hot) winter ( cold) and monsoons(rain) only.
So Pongal is mainly a thankyou festival - I suppose Dad must have said spring, in view of the similar spring clean which happens on Bhogi ( 1st Day).

These four days are full of tasty good food.

Now do you see why it is impossible to even try and go on a diet....

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Hum...! Je te souhaite un agréable dimanche

16 Jan 2011 8:03am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

That good! Do not throw less in Am3 ... I've been to my house to eat it quietly! Best regards, Adela

16 Jan 2011 9:21am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Yum! yum! I love the ice :)) Superb dessert. Good day.

16 Jan 2011 10:18am

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States


16 Jan 2011 10:22am

tataray from france, France

Hum..... bien appétissantes ... ))
Elles étaient très bonnes j'en suis sûre !...
Agréables couleurs.

16 Jan 2011 11:02am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

That sure must be delicious...great shot!

16 Jan 2011 1:20pm

Franz from Baden, Austria

i would go for this any time and anywhere ... ;-))

16 Jan 2011 3:39pm

don from spokane, United States

That is a great looking dessert. Very appealing and one that makes me hungry for some ice cream! Well done.

16 Jan 2011 4:00pm

marci from in, Morocco

I'm glad you added the note about ice cream not being typical... as I began reading about the festival, I was going to be very surprised by the ice cream!

16 Jan 2011 5:04pm

Phil David Morris from Canada

Yikes, I haven't eaten yet, this photo reminds me. Most wonderful photo, so goooood.

16 Jan 2011 6:02pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Ice cream goes with everything. Cool capture.

16 Jan 2011 6:35pm

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

Wow this looks yum and.. nostalgic. Hope the ice cream isn't as old as the feel of the photo!

16 Jan 2011 8:11pm

Nige Bowsher from United Kingdom

Looks good enough to eat !

16 Jan 2011 8:48pm

tulip from kerman, Iran

oomm deliciouse

16 Jan 2011 9:12pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

Good enough to eat. Great color!

16 Jan 2011 11:54pm

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

looks good. but for me I'm in summer. that tastes are? a big hug: Alejandra
very interesting that you have written about the fastivales ... Thanks!! friend =)

17 Jan 2011 3:07am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


17 Jan 2011 4:05am

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of nature Canada &, United Kingdom

I was thinking that ice cream does not sound very traditional! ha ha I'll have three scoops too please.......

17 Jan 2011 4:39am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Sweet shot! The ice cream could perhaps become a new tradition!

17 Jan 2011 12:22pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

great colours...but how long did it last!

17 Jan 2011 8:16pm