Pongal is a delicacy made for pongal festival or harvest festival. Pongal is a popular rice dish in Tamil Nadu, and the Tamil cuisine of Sri Lanka. In Tamil, the root pong or pongu means to " boil over" or "spill over".
There are two varieties of pongal, Sakarai Pongal which is a sweet, and Ven Pongal, made from clarified butter. The unqualified word pongal usually refers to spicy pongal in Tamil Nadu, and is a common breakfast food in Tamil Nadu. The rice boiled with milkand jaggery during the Pongal festival is also called pongal - this is sweet pongal made specially in earthenware pots with a wood fire.
Pongal is made in few varieties. My mom makes different recipe and my MIl recipe is different. This pongal is made out of millet variety . It is called barnyard millet or kuthiravali. I bet the pongal is really yummy when made with millets than our normal rice.
Serve hot with ghee and Peanut/ Groundnut Chutney.