Best Places For A Full Pongal Meal

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Most of us love Pongal because the feast follows on for more than one day. The first day you’re having vadai and the next you’re eating sweet pongal and payasam. This Pongal is no different so here are the restaurants with the best Pongal saapadu in Chennai. 

The Park

On January 15, enjoy a full virundhu (meal) with dishes like beans poriyal, steamed rice, rasam, sweet pongal, keerai vadai, mixed vegetables, keera vadai, maanga inji thayir sadam, sugarcane juice, and paruppu payasam, on a banana leaf at 601 restaurant. The feast starts from 12.30 pm (till 3:00 pm), don’t be late! This lunch is priced from INR 999.

Paati Veedu

For Pongal, you can enjoy an authentic seven-course thali at Paati Veedu that is served on the leaf and includes three drinks (lime & ginger juice, pineapple twister, musk melon juice), three starters, two tiffins (with dishes like murungai keerai adai, poli), one main course dish like tomato or lemon rice, rasam, sambar, vatakuzhambu, and one dessert (elaneer payasam is our fave). You can finish this with some suda suda coffee or tea. Filling eh?  The menu is priced at INR 1070 including taxes. 

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Winter Palace

A tad different from the traditional Pongal dishes, Winter Palace lets you fully customise a three-course menu depending on your budget. You can choose an option each from soups, salads and main courses along with a welcome drink. They have dishes like paneer kebab, cauliflower roast, fish tikka, chicken biryani, paneer matar pulao, paratha and more. For dessert, satisfy your sweet cravings with jalebi, carrot halwa, and ice cream. Prices start from INR 499. 

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ID isn’t having any special meal this year, but they’ve got the best sakkarai pongal (sweet pongal) and ghee pongal which will melt in your mouth. Topped off with roasted nuts, this plate of pongal is gooey goodness you cannot miss.  


Namma favourite restaurant Sangeetha has yet another feast for us this Pongal. Devour dishes like poriyals, rice, rasam, sambar, avial, appalam, and vadai, wheat upma. The feast is, of course, incomplete without sweet pongal, so you can gorge on lots and lots of it. 

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Dindigul Thalappakatti Restaurant

This Pongal, enjoy dishes like chicken biryani, laddoo, poriyal, pachadi, appalam, and yummy desserts at Dindigul Thalappakatti. It's a real feast, and you can choose what you want to thulp!

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This vegetarian restaurant is serving an unlimited Pongal buffet from January 15 to January 19, bringing back the village special dishes to your table. There are a lot of millet-based delicacies like jonna rotti, Chettinad cauliflower soup, maravalli (tapioca) vada, aval kozhukattai, nei paruppu, thayir sadam, orange vathakuzhambu, puli pongal and more on offer! Priced at INR 700 plus taxes per person, this is available only for lunch. 

Southern Spice

There's a special lunch thali they are serving only on January 15 from 12:30 pm to 2:45 pm. Their vegetarian thali comprises of dishes like palagaram, adhirasam, Iyengar pongal, pala kai chops, Thiruvathirai kootu, Muparuppu vada, pal kozhukattai payasam, panchamirtham ice cream and of course, dabra kaapi. You can also choose for non-vegetarian options. The veg thali is priced at INR 2500. 


It's a royal affair at Dakshin with their Pongal feast comprising of about 40-45 dishes including the condiments and sides. Available from January 14 to 17, you get to enjoy specialities like Iyer special banana dosa, Chettinadu kalkandu vadai, Ven pongal, chakkara pongal, mochai maanga sundal (raw mango and channa) spinach rasam, beans poriyal, sweet potato chips, sambhar, rasam, parotta, curd rice, cashew ice cream, paal kolukattai payasam and more. This menu is available for both lunch and dinner and is priced at INR 2000 plus taxes. 

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Savya Rasa

This South Indian restaurant's dishes are known for packing some seriously bombastic flavours and if you're not keen on thalis, you can head there for an à la carte spread. You can always order for sweet pongal and millet-based pongal to keep up with the festivities.