Definition of pongal in English:
1.1 [mass noun] A southern Indian dish of rice cooked with various herbs and spices.
- 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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