Definition of pongal in English:

pongal

noun

  • 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. 1.1mass noun A southern Indian dish of rice cooked with various herbs and spices.
      • ‘Over 2,000 people attended as families simultaneously boiled a total of 320 ceremonial pots of sweet rice, called pongal.’
      • ‘They enjoyed the pongal, but not before offering prayers to the Sun God.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

pongal

/ˈpɒŋɡ(ə)l/