One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The Tamil New Year festival, celebrated by the cooking of new rice.
- ‘They celebrated Pongal by distributing sugarcane pieces and collectively bringing to boil the quintessential made of rice, milk and jaggery.’
- ‘Pongal is a popular harvest festival in South India.’
- 1.1mass noun A southern Indian dish of rice cooked with various herbs and spices.
- ‘And pongal was distributed to the passengers as well.’
- ‘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).’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They enjoyed the pongal, but not before offering prayers to the Sun God.’
- ‘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).
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