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Written by: Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach
Wednesday, January 30, 2008

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Every year as we celebrate Pongal in our home, we invite friends for a potluck. I attempt to archive our yearly potluck menus here.

Many menu items have posted recipes. Enjoy and in your adventurous moments, you can also attempt to prepare these tasty menu items! If you'd like to try other South Indian/ Tamil Recipes, check out the recipe books by Viji Varadarajan in the widget below.

All items listed are homemade.

Pongal - A South Indian Thanksgiving Feast!!

2012

Homemade Stuff

Bitter gourd (karela) curry

Brinjal Curry

Brinjal Sambar

Kanchipuram Idli (Masala Idli)

Navarathna Kurma

Pachadi

Pineapple Rasam

Sundal

Ven Pongal (salt pongal) Recipe

 

Ready-Made Stuff

Curd (Yogurt)

3 Kinds of Banana Chips

Mango Pickle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010

Banana Pudding

Bisibilibath

Bitter gourd (karela) curry

Chips- Banana and Multigrain

Chole (my recipe for Chenna Masala)

Coconut Chutney

Dosa

Dosa Podi with vegetable or sesame oil

Idli

Kanchipuram Idli (Masala Idli) 

Kesari (Halwa)

Mashed Potatoes

Mysore Sambar


Onion Kozhumbu (Replace Vatthal with pearl onion in this recipe.)


Payasam

Rava Idli

Veg Mixed Rice

Ven Pongal (salt pongal) Recipe

 

2009

Appetizers:

Coconut Chutney

Frozen Samosas

Omapodi (recipe courtesy Vidhya Iyer)

Polla vadai (with diced onion and green chilies added- recipe inspired by Vidhya Iyer)

Main Dishes:

Beans Thoran

Beet Root Pachadi

Cabbage Curry

Homemade Lemon Pickles

Kanchipuram Idli 

Mixed Rice (biryani) 

Mixed Vegetable Sambar 

Mysore Sambar

Plain Idli

Potato Curry

Tamarind Rice

Ven Pongal (salt pongal) Recipe

Desserts:

Paal Payasam

Potato Curry

Pongala Payasam/ Chakkara Pongal/ Sweet Rice and Dhal Pudding

Drinks: Water, Dahashamani

 

 

2008

Coconut Chutney

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Kanchipuram Idli Recipe

Karela (Bitter Gourd) Curry Recipe

Lemon Pickles

Lemon Rasam Recipe

Mango Thokku Recipe

Murukku

Onion Chutney 

Mysore Sambar

Idli

Potato Curry

Pongala Payasam/ Chakkara Pongal/ Sweet Rice and Dhal Pudding

Tamarind Rice

Thayyir Sadam (Curd Rice)

Kozhumbu

Vada

Ven Pongal (salt pongal) Recipe

 

 

 

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Appalam

Carrot Halwa

Coconut Chutney

Kanchipuram Idli Recipe

Lemon Pickles

Mysore Sambar Recipe

Potato Curry

Pongala Payasam/ Chakkara Pongal/ Sweet Rice and Dhal Pudding

Tamarind Rice

Ven Pongal (salt pongal) Recipe

 

2006

Coconut Chutney

Kanchipuram Idli Recipe

Mysore Sambar Recipe

Potato Curry

Pongala Payasam/ Chakkara Pongal/ Sweet Rice and Dhal Pudding

Tamarind Rice

Vatthal Kozhumbu Recipe

Ven Pongal (salt pongal) Recipe

Photos by Krishna Kumar.

 

 

One more Pongal Recipe by Kamala: Rawa Pongal




If you're looking for a pot with a dual purpose of cooking and serving sambar, stew, pongal or similar dishes, try the pot to the right! I got it a few weeks ago, and love it! When I saw the pot, I wanted to go back again and again for more sambar varieties (Vathhal Kozhumbu, Besan (Chick pea flour) Sambar, Savory SambarMysore SambarHomemade Sambar Powder, Eggplant Sambar, Sambar inspired by Viji Varadarajan) mostly because the pot is so cute! I like how the pot handle's have a silicone coating on the inside part (think that is it). Because of that I did handle the pot without potholders.


These are just a few ideas I have experience with. I would like to learn more. If you have creative solutions to integrating American utensils into Indian cooking, please leave your comments below. I really appreciate you reading my blog and sharing your thoughts and experience with me!!

See more items to create your India inspired kitchen.

Tips on creating an Indian inspired kitchen - your ideas welcome!

Jennifer Kumar is a cross-cultural teacher, trainer and lifestyle adjustment mentor helping people adjust to American and global lifestyles through a variety of methods, including Indian cooking classes. She was educated in India as a social worker and in America as a life coach. Feel free to see her website - Authentic Journeys - Lifestyle and Cultural Transition Services.

 

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Consider adding your photos to the Global Pongal Flickr group.  Want to share your photos? E-mail me?

When is Pongal and other Hindu holidays this and upcoming years?  Follow the India America Interfaith and Social Calendar                                                 

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Updated January 2013

 

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