Traditional Pongal in Chennai Page5

We had an argument that the turmeric leaves should be tied or not around the pot opening. The reason why the turmeric leaves should not be tied to the pot is that the leaves may dry or burn with the mud stove fire. The reason why it should be tied is that its sacred to have the turmeric root and leaves while Pongal preparation. Finally it was decided to tie the turmeric root and leaves around the Pot. Two turmeric shoots were knotted and tied around the pot opening.

The mud stove started heating the pot and the water started boiling in the pot.

The pot was closed with a mud lid. This will increase pressure inside the pot and a faster cooking.

The boiled water with green gram started fuming with water vapor.

The boiled water began to raise which is the actual meaning of Pongal

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