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Paal Pongal

Paal Pongal (Milk Pongal) also known as Vellai Pongal (White Pongal) is prepared on the day of Pongal Festival along with Sakkarai Pongal (Sweet Rice Pongal) and served with Pongal Kuzhambu or Pongal Kootu

Originally, on Pongal Festival Day, freshly harvested rice is cooked in milk combined with water using an earthen pot. Now we use regular rice and a bronze vessel for cooking the Pongal. Also, it is cooked in open places like the backyard/front yard of the house.

In cities where we do not have such a facility, we cook in our kitchen itself using a pressure cooker for easy cooking.

Paal Pongal

Recipe by S Kamala
Recipe rating: N/A
Course: OthersCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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In this Pongal, rice is cooked with milk and water till mushy and served with Vegetable Pongal Kuzhambu or Kootu for Pongal Festival.


  • Raw Rice – 1 cup

  • Milk – 1 cup

  • Water – 2 cups

  • Salt – 2 pinches


  • Wash the rice well and put it in a pressure cooker.
  • Add milk and water along with salt.
  • Cook for 5 to 6 whistles and remove.

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