Definition of pongal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɒŋɡ(ə)l/


1The Tamil New Year festival, celebrated by the cooking of new rice.
Example sentences
  • They celebrated Pongal by distributing sugarcane pieces and collectively bringing to boil the quintessential made of rice, milk and jaggery.
  • Pongal is a popular harvest festival in South India.
1.1 [mass noun] A southern Indian dish of rice cooked with various herbs and spices.
Example sentences
  • Over 2,000 people attended as families simultaneously boiled a total of 320 ceremonial pots of sweet rice, called pongal.
  • There's some discussion about the menu: the consensus is on simple idli and various kinds of rice preparations (lemon rice, pongal, sambar rice, curd rice).
  • They enjoyed the pongal, but not before offering prayers to the Sun God.


From Tamil poṅkal, literally 'boiling, swelling' (with reference to the cooking process of rice).

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