Prepared almost on the same lines as Khichdi, Pulagam is Andhra Khichdi, made with rice and split moong dal. Very simple to prepare and is often made when one is sick or feeling tired.
It is also prepared as Naivedyam (prasadam/offering to God) during festivals like Sankranti where fresh or new rice from the harvest is used along with pesara pappu(split yellow moong dal) to prepare it. Quite a few temples, here in Vizag, offer pulagam as Naivedhayam to the presiding deity and distribute to the devotees visiting the temple for darshan.
The flavor and aroma of the naivedyam prepared in the temples is simply irresistable and cannot be compared to the one made at home and I always look forward to eating pulagam during my visit to the temple 🙂