The 8 Best Places To Get Authentic Pongal In Mumbai


Tamil Nadu is revving up to celebrate Pongal in the coming days. Pongal is a Tamilian harvest festival that honours the Sun God, Surya, for providing farmers with ideal agricultural conditions. Pongal is synonymous with a rice dish of the same name – freshly harvested rice is cooked in a special way to celebrate the Sun God. If you’re a Tamilian in Mumbai or simply want to get a taste of this delicious Tamilian tradition, here’s where you can go.

Banana Leaf


This South Indian, pure vegetarian eatery serves an authentic sweet pongal rice dish.

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Hotel Ramashray



Matunga is a Tamilian hub in Mumbai, and Hotel Ramashray is one of the best places to get authentic South Indian fare. Their pongal dish is served with a side of tasty avial.

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Cafe Madras


Best known for its celebrity fan following and  superb idlis and dosas, this iconic eatery also dishes out a well-balanced pongal with avial.

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Mani’s Lunch Home


Also in Matunga, this humble eatery is also well known for its authentic fare. The pongal is outstanding!

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Hotel Gopal


For those on a shoe-string budget, the pongal at Hotel Gopal is just Rs.60, but remains absolutely delicious!

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A causal eatery the serves a sweet, lentil based sakrai pongal or a savoury dal pongal; feel free to try both.

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A small, pure vegetarian South Indian joint that typically serves avial pongal on Monday.

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Dakshin Coastal at the ITC Maratha


If you’re in the mood for luxury dining, head over to Andheri’s ITC Maratha to dine at their South Indian restaurant, Dakshin Coastal.

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