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Kaanum Pongal and a feast

This is a post without any recipes but I promise a virtual feast for your eyes :D

Well ?as I told in my previous post that Kaanum Pongal is all about meeting and greeting people. Now how do you manage to meet and greet when you are stuck with bone chilling cold outside and snow covered upto the horizon??? ?Only way we could think was to invite people home.

After all it was not a bad idea. We decided to invite my husband’s co-workers, a selected few. How did we select a few? Well the criterion was simple ?”bachelor guys who will definitely miss Pongal or Sankranthi being far away from home“.

We decided we will give them a nice treat ..a PONGAL FEAST..Bachelors rejecting ?an invitation for homemade food is near to impossible.. so we received acceptance from all of them promptly.

As the theme was Pongal, we kept the menu strictly vegetarian and South Indian. The menu that we finalized was

  • Medhu vadai(appetizer)
  • Idli
  • Dosa
  • Uthappam
  • Arachu vitta sambar
  • Tomato Chutney
  • Coconut Chutney
  • Ven Pongal
  • Sakkari Pongal (Dessert)

My friend Krithika called up and said that the menu sounded like “MURUGAN ?IDLI KADAI” menu…now that is for sure ?a wonderful compliment… thanks gal:D

She said she wanted to come to Chicago from Dallas immediately… its not practical I know… That is the reason I decided to post the pictures ?” a virtual treat for my best friend and other blogger friends :)

Enjoy the feast…

We cut the veggies the night before and packed them up neatly in the fridge.feast1

I spent the next day in front of the stove happily…


All the cooking (except dosa) and the cleaning was complete before the guests arrived :D feast3

That was quite an achievement for us with a toddler challenging us throughout…

Finally when the feast was declared open you should have seen the big grins on those faces..that’s the magic that idlis and dosas can do to tamilians ?away from home :D ?They were asking us we made our idli and dosa batter at home with such astonishment as if it were some rocket science…




Anyway it was a feast with a very happy ending … the guests and hosts were equally happy and satisfied.

After all we Indians believe in

Athithi Devo Bhava” (Guests should be treated like GOD)…

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