Pongalo Pongal

Pongalo Pongal

Pongalo Pongal Thali at Madras, The Raintree, Anna Salai

Madras the South Indian restaurant at The Raintree, Anna Salai, is happy to announce ‘Pongalo Pongal Thali’ from January 10th to January 19th. Esteemed guests are welcome to participate in the ten-day long food festival available for lunch and dinner. The Pongalo Pongal Thali festival is prepared in contemporary style with a fine touch of authentic and traditional flavors.

Like never before, Madras will serve nearly 20 varieties of pongal to celebrate this harvest festival. Guests can take a culinary ride of this special sumptuous thali at a price of Rs.650 (exclusive of taxes) for vegetarian and Rs.800 (exclusive of taxes) for non-vegetarian.

With every dish served as gratitude to Mother earth, each special thali serves a glass of refreshing beverage followed by a variety of Pongal. Bean specialties like Avarakkai kara vathakkal, Butter bean speciality of mochai korma, Sweet potato preparations with a special white pumpkin halwa will also be served for the guests. Join hands with Madras with your family and friends in welcoming the blissful spring.

For reservations please contact Madras, The Raintree, Anna Salai on +91 44 28309999.

Pongal is a Tamil harvest festival. It is same as Thanksgiving Day. In an agriculture based civilization, harvest plays an important role. The farmer cultivating the land depends on his cattle, timely rain and the Sun. Once a year, he expresses his gratitude to everything which symbolizes the harvest celebration.

With the end of the wet month of Margazhi (mid December to mid January) the new Tamil month of Thai heralds a series of festivals. The first day of this month is a festival day known as "Pongal Day". Pongal means the "boiling over" of milk and rice during the month of Thai.

The best of South Indian dishes are relished during the harvest festival of Pongal making the occasion a gourmet's delight, enjoy the festival with nearly 20 varieties of Pongal.

Pongalo Pongal Thali at Madras, The Raintree, Anna Salai

Ven pongal- Blend of Rice, dal and ghee topped with cashews

Milagu pongal- spicy variant made with pepper, rice and moong dal

Semiya pongal- combination of vermicelli and dal 

Rawa pongal- semolina and dal, flavored with ghee curry leaf and ginger

Godhumai pongal- broken wheat blend with dal, nuts and ghee

Puli pongal- Variant combination of rice and tamarind

Khara pongal- Pongal infused with turmeric and coconut

Beetroot pongal- pongal enhanced with flavored beetroot

Sarkaraivalli kizhangu pongal- sweet potato infused with dal and tempered ghee

Amritha pongal-sweet pongal with fresh fruit blend

Kalkand pongal- ven pongal topped with sugar candy

Aval pongal- beaten rice savory pongal

Oats pongal-oats cooked with moong dal topped with flavourful tempering. 

Dates & Honey pongal- sweet pongal enriched with dates and honey

Sarkarai pongal- sweetened jaggery pongal

Kadhamba pongal- mixed pongal

Chakkavaratti pongal- pongal made with Jackfruit

Ellu pongal- pongal with the touch of sesame

Ragi pongal- a traditional sweet pongal made with ragi

Poosanikkai pongal- White pumpkin cooked with sugar, topped with nuts

Besides rice and milk the ingredients of the sweet dish Pongal dish include cardamom, jaggery, raisins, moong dal and cashew nuts.  Cooking is done in sunlight, usually in a porch or courtyard, as the dish is dedicated to the Sun god, Surya. The cookin