"Margazhi Thingal madhi niraindha.........................." sang Andal (consort of God Maha Vishnu) and today being Margazhi (Tamil lunar month - mid Dec. to mid Jan) first day, I am all the more excited for few reasons - getting up early, lighting a few earthern lamps or diyas at your doorstep, drawing big big rangolis outside your home, taking bath and going to Vishnu temple for the special pooja and later for the "suda suda pongal prasadam" (hot hot pongal offered to God and then distributed to everyone in the Temple), singing the pasurams (songs) sung by Andal - HA! no words are sufficient to describe the happiness and peacefulness you experience during that time. When I was very young, I used to learn different kolams or rangolis everyday to draw the next morning in your entrance. I put all my heart and learn those kolams and to decorate them in your home, followed by relishing on hot hot pongal early in the winter morning. Wonderful days! I love doing it today too.
Sarkarai or Sweet Pongal
1. Add a couple of tbsp of ghee if you wish.
2. Mashing the rice with a big spoon (not too much) gives a great consistency, but suit your preference of separate grains or mushy texture or any where in between.