Harvest festival of India, Makara Sankranti is being celebrated all over India today and we expats residing miles away from our motherland are rejoicing the festivity watching it on the television. It’s just sort of overwhelming when I stop and think about how incredible it is to see all the celebrations, happenings up to date LIVE on the screen and to be a part of it remotely though!!
When it comes to food and feast, it’s almost impossible to deprive my hungry self from the wonderful, deliciousness of the actual festival dishes. So on that big day my kitchen transforms in to Indian festively looking cookhouse making it smell wonderful and aromatic. In Udupi, there is no specific dish that is made on the eve of Sankranti, but as a dweller of Bangalore for many years of my life, have turned my cuisine accordingly.
I accommodate sweet pongal and khara pongal in sankranti feast every year since 2007. Both these dishes share similar ingredients list and procedure but one is sweet version and the other is savory. Drizzling with ghee, divine tasting sweet pongal is one of my favourite and mild, pepper spicy, cumin flavored khara pongal accompany it very well.
So it is very happy happy good food festival time of the year.
Khara pongal can also be a healthy breakfast on busy morning and come very handy as a quick fix. All it needs is pressure cooking rice and lentils and seasoning with flavorful spices like cumin and black pepper.