Festivals are a symbol of joy, gaiety, happiness, fun and frolic. But festivals are best known for the variety of delicacies that are laid up on the table to indulge in. As they always say “A HAPPY STOMACH means a HAPPY SOUL”.
With festival season having just been around the corner, the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu were lit up with happiness and cheer all around. With Lucullan feasts spread all around, the festival season brings mouth-watering treats to all of us.
Celebrated as Sankranthi in Andhra and Telangana and as Pongal in Tamil Nadu, this festival is primarily a harvest festival that is celebrated with pompous festivities in the countryside. This festival is celebrated different in different states. The delicacies that are offered during this festival are very different and often have a unique taste to them.
Some of the mouth watering delicacies that are a must try during this season in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana:
Chakaripongali : A rice based sweet loaded with dry fruits and ghee
Perugu Garelu : Typical Vada dipped in flavoured curd with tadka/tempering
Nuvvu Undalu: Made with sesame seeds, these laddus are a must have this festival season
Bobbatlu: Typically a sweet roti made with jaggery, that is the festival mandate
Pulihora: Either made of lemon or tamarind, this rice is typically eaten as the main dish of the festival
Some of the ambrosial food of this festive season In Tamil Nadu include
Since it is a harvest festival, the delicacies usually involve the crop being grown and a variety of pongals are made
Sakkarai Pongal: The common dish between the two states, sakkarai Pongal is the most important dish during this festival
Ven Pongal with sambar : This is again a rice based but minus the sugar and pepper is the prominent ingredient in this delicacy. Often eaten with sambar, this is one of the staple breakfasts during the season.
Rava Pongal: Made with Rice Rava, this Pongal is also an amazing combination with sambar and coconut chutney.
FoxTail Millet Sakkarai Pongal: FoxTail Gram is yet another widely grown crop in TamilNadu, making it the primary ingredient of a different kind of sweet Pongal.
Thiruvathirai Kali-Ezhukari Kootu: Again rice based, jaggery delicacy that is a must try during the season.
Irrespective of what it is, this festival delicacies are made of rice, so I hope you stopped counting the calories and carbs and indulged in one of the finest cuisines of the southern states