Pongal is just around the corner, so let’s take a moment to look at the yummy breakfast options you can make in the comfort of your home to celebrate the occasion and surprise your loved ones! Let your taste buds take a dive into layers of goodness, flavour and spice. Let’s celebrate Pongal with a truly South Asian preparation.

When celebrating these festivals, keep in mind that food brings you a lot of memories to cherish with the whole family, so start your festive day with these simple and delicious recipes. We can assure you that your Thai Pongal will be memorable.



A simple yet healthy Rava Pongal dish that you can prepare at home with only a little bit of effort and a whole lotta love! Your family will surely love it.

A Yummy Rava Pongal served on a Banana Leaf

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Serves: 4


1 cup semolina (Rava)
1/2 cup yellow moong dal
1 /2 tsp ginger, chopped
1/2 tsp green chilies, chopped
4 tbsp ghee
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1/2 tsp black pepper powder 
3 tbsp cashewnuts, chopped
8-10 curry leaves
Pinch of salt


Dry roast the yellow moong dal in a non-stick pan for a few minutes. Wash and drain it. 
Cook in a pressure cooker with 1 cup water on medium flame till to mushy. Keep aside to cool at room temperature.
Dry roast the semolina (Rava) in a non-stick pan on a medium flame for 3-4 minutes and keep aside to cool.
Heat the ghee in a pan, add asafoetida, cumin seeds and when they start to crackle, add cashew nuts and saute for one minute on medium flame. 
Add ginger, curry leaves, green chillies and saute for a few seconds. 
Add salt and pepper powder and 1 1/2 cup water, mix well and bring it to boil.
Add roasted semolina slowly, keep mixing to avoid lumps. 
Add cooked moong dal and mix well. Cook on a medium flame for 3-4 minutes.
Serve with melted ghee. 


A delicious and healthy substitute to Idli and Dosa. Give your family and friends a treat with home-made Kuzhi Paniyaram today and bring out the South Asian star chef in you.

A yummy platter of Kuzhi Paniyaram to enjoy with the family this Pongal Season

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Serves: 6


1 cup of raw rice
1 cup of boiled rice
3 tsp fenugreek seeds
¼ cup urad dal (ubuntu)

For Sweet:

Mix the above ingredients with the batter and mix well.

For Karam:

Heat the oil, add the mustard seeds allow it to crackle then add channa dal allow it slightly brown. Then add onion, green chillies and coriander leaves. Transfer this to the batter and mix well.


For the batter:

Soak the raw rice, boiled rice separately, fenugreek and urad dal separately each overnight.
First grind urad dal and fenugreek, then add both the rice with 1/4 cup of water, grind it to a thick batter.
Set aside for 3-4 hours at least.
Separate the batter into equal halves and add the below ingredients.
Heat the Kulipaniyaram pan. Pour 2 drops of oil in each hole of the pan.
Fill each hole with the batter to 3/4 of the hole and keep closed for 2mins.
Flip the other side and allow it to cook for 2 more minutes. Once both the sides turn golden brown, switch off the flame.


A rich and creamy pudding to set your festival table alight with awe during Thai Pongal.

A healthy twist to traditions

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Serves: 5


½ cup quinoa
2 cups of coconut milk
1 cup of water
apple, chopped
⅓ cup brown sugar
Pinch of cardamom powder
2 tbsp mixed dry fruits powder


Wash ½ cup quinoa twice and drain the water completely.
Add water and cook the quinoa for 10 minutes on low flame with closed lid.
Now add coconut milk and cook it for 10 more minutes.
Add sugar and let it simmer for 5 more minutes.
Switch off the flame and add a pinch of cardamom powder. Mix the kheer well.
Let it cool for some time and add chopped strawberries and dry fruits powder.
Serve it hot or cold!

Comfort foods like these make you believe that we all deserve every bit of our food for the soul! Thai Pongal is a special time for friend and family so make the most of it by becoming the South Asian star chef you know you can be and don’t forget to shop for all your groceries, ingredients and essentials with us. Oh and make sure you follow us on instagram as well: @kuganscom


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