Kumari cooked her little heart out all morning to produce a bevy of Thai Pongal specialities to take to her daughter (oh, and for me too, of course!) so I thought the least I could do to show my appreciation was to take some pictures to share with you.
Foremost amongst Pongal treats here in Sri Lanka is Pongal itself –
a delicious concoction of red rice, cashew nuts, little, unhusked peanuts, dates, sultanas and raisins cooked in coconut milk, with a little jaggery (palm sugar), pani (coconut nectar) and cinnamon. With all those wonderful nutty and fruity flavours, and a complex texture it’s a cross between desert and the most luscious bircher muesli cum porridge!
I’ve saved mine for ‘lunch’ because I got stuck into the spicy chick peas and delicious aromatic vadai.
Here, have a look at this morning’s spread!