Definition of pongal in English:



  • 1The Tamil New Year festival, celebrated by the cooking of new rice.

    • ‘Pongal is a popular harvest festival in South India.’
    • ‘They celebrated Pongal by distributing sugarcane pieces and collectively bringing to boil the quintessential made of rice, milk and jaggery.’
    1. 1.1mass noun A southern Indian dish of rice cooked with various herbs and spices.
      • ‘And pongal was distributed to the passengers as well.’
      • ‘They enjoyed the pongal, but not before offering prayers to the Sun God.’
      • ‘If the served pongal provided a feast to the taste buds, the dress code of the dazzling girls was too catchy to cool the eyes of the beholders.’
      • ‘There's some discussion about the menu: the consensus is on simple idli and various kinds of rice preparations (lemon rice, pongal, sambar rice, curd rice).’
      • ‘Over 2,000 people attended as families simultaneously boiled a total of 320 ceremonial pots of sweet rice, called pongal.’


From Tamil poṅkal, literally ‘boiling, swelling’ (with reference to the cooking process of rice).