Pongal is a festival that shares its name with the popular breakfast dish. It’s not a coincidence. We can’t get any closer to nature than this festival of Pongal, when rice from the fresh harvest, 🌾🌾sugarcane🎋 that has been freshly cut, the age old wonder drugs turmeric and ginger, the ever-nourisher 🍌banana fruit, stem, leaf , the wondernut, coconut 🥥 are celebrated with much fanfare. The cow, that provides us the protein in the form of milk and a host of other products obtained from milk that we consume right from our childhood to our old age is celebrated in a special manner. The cow also aids the farmer in tilling the land getting the land ready for harvest. It is a festival of thanks 🙏 giving which is obvious in the way we celebrate the festival. We cook rice and green gram dhal in milk and fresh jaggery obtained from sugarcane in open air under the all- nourisher, the sun.The festival rings in the, sun’s transition to the northern hemisphere. India 🇮🇳 being in the northern hemisphere, welcomes the sun with “satkaram” – respect by celebrating the festival for four days.
It’s not strange, given our long history, that environmental science and nutrition science go hand in hand in festivals of India. Pongal/ Makara Sankranthi epitomizes this fact. During this season, planet earth 🌏 is closest to the sun, but the northern hemisphere faces away from the sun. The sun’s rays are diffused when they hit the planet and it’s good to spend our time outdoors early in the morning absorbing the sun’s rays with their minimum ultra violet ray- effect. Thus, the tradition of “Kolam” or “rangoli” or “muggulu” is a traditiom when intricate patterns are drawn at the entrance of the 🏡 house early in the morning. Rice flour is used to draw these patterns that also feed the busy 🐜 ants and other tiny creatures.
Indians are environmentalists to the core!!!
Rice provides us Bala or strength, green gram dhal and milk the growth factors, elaichi the digestive, ghee and nuts give you the energy to face the low temperatures in the morning. This lovely combination gives us the sweet Pongal . The venn Pongal with the same combination of rice and pulse but tempered with the anti bacterial pepper, the digestives asafoetida, ginger and cumin provide us with their functional goodness.
The farmers rejoice in paying respects to the providers and we from Some More rejoice in having an opportunity to support the lifeline of our nation, by sourcing our ingredients for our products directly from the farmers.
This Pongal, SomeMore wishes you happiness in throwing away the past that we wish to forget, that is signified by the fire 🔥 of bhogi, carry the lessons learnt from our experiences in experiencing the best that life can offer signified by the boiling over of the rice-milk mixture, strive to treat all the animals with respect ✊ signified by the way we celebrate the cow and bull on the day of Mattu Pongal. Finally let us celebrate this season with our family and friends wishing each other well and offering helping hands wherever needed on Kaanum Pongal thus sharing the bounties that the invisible power bestows on us throughout the year!