Indian Sweet Coconut Porridge (Pongala)

Pongala (Sweet Sacred Coconut Porridge)
Indian Sweet Coconut Porridge (Pongala)Michelle Heimerman

Pongala means “to boil over,” referring to the moment the starchy water from this sweet rice dish bubbles above the lip of its clay pot. At the Attukal Pongala festival, pongala, the offering made to a Hindu deity, is cooked over fire and seasoned with jaggery (unrefined palm sugar) and coconut. Recipes can vary to include cardamom, cinnamon, banana, and raisins.