Unlike what you see in the picture, most of the house hold these days use stainless steel pots instead of clay pots
After which the prepared pongal and other food items and sugarcane which plays an important part in this festival are offered to god before one can eat.
The rice is cooked and prepared as a dish called pongal, which is rice with dhal and sugar. This Pongal variety is called venpongal, ven meaning white is made using milk and rice. Another variety is also prepared with dhal and jaggery (sweet), called chakara pongal, chakrai meaning sweet. To accompany the venpongal, people eat brinjal (eggplant) sambar (stew), vadai and spicy accompaniments.
Wishing all those of you who celebrate pongal a very safe and happy pongal!
* pics source - Internet