This is the basic Vellai pongal recipe, we make along with sakkarai pongal on the day of Pongal. Its just plain cooked rice, only that this has bit of milk in it added while cooking. My Mom and MIL does this in vengala paanai that is meant for making pongal, but I make in cooker (pot shaped). There is nothing special in this recipe, still the fresh harvested rice from the farms cooked along with milk is supposed to taste heavenly. We dont cook the plain rice on the day of pongal as we usually do. Instead, use this pongal to eat with kootu, sambar… My MIL bought a cute tiny vengala panai fo rme for making this, but I never bought it here still as everytime the weight of luggage is always a problem .
This is how my mom offers to God in the banana leaf with flattened at the top, pour ghee in the dent and garnish with sliced banana. (of course with all the other spread)