Pongal, old-timers say, gets sweeter by the day. Going by the scale of jaggery preparation in various districts, the adage seems to be on the dot. An integral part of Pongal celebrations is the preparation of sweet pongal or 'Sakkarai Pongal' on Pongal day, along with rice and jaggery cooked in a new pot.
As the demand is expected to surge in the final days of Pongal, jaggery-makers in south and central districts are preparing the item from crushed sugarcane juice by boiling it in huge cauldrons.
Production units function with a team comprising labourers involved in cutting sugarcane from the fields to those toiling near the cauldrons.............Read more
Source: The Times of India