pongala payasam

pongala payasam

Pongala, a scrumptious offering to goddess

Pongala is a traditional and delicious offering made by females to their goddess of liking. Pongala is normally made at temples during festivals and made to celebrate any auspicious at home or anywhere.

Pongala is made in earthen pots on temporary stoves made of bricks and mostly coconut palm leaves are used to fuel the fire.

ponala, attukal pongala

pongala, attukal pongala


  • Paysam rice (unakkalari) – 1/2 cup
  • Sugar – 1/2 cup
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Ghee – 2 Tbsp
  • Banana – 2 pcs
  • Cardamom– 4 pods
  • Water as needed


  1. Wash and drain the rice first.
  2. Allow the water to boil in an earthen ware pot.
  3. Add rice and cook on a medium fire.
  4. When the rice is almost done, add milk.
  5. Continue too cook in the milk.
  6. When the rice is done, add sugar.
  7. Give a nice mix so that the sugar melts and mixes well.
  8. At this point, add ghee and mix well.
  9. Then add the sliced banana and turn off the fire.
  10. Your pongala is ready now.

Note: Adjust the amount of water ( add or remove) as per your need.

If you offering pongala to a goddess, then you must wait until the priest offers the pongala to the goddess           before you can start using it .


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