Thursday, January 5, 2012

Thiruvathirai kali recipe and Ezhukari Kootu

Thirivadirai is auspicious for Lord Shiva and falls in the month of Marghazhi.It is on the 8th of January this year(2012). Thiruvathirai kali and Ezhukari Kootu are prepared on this day.

Thiruvathirai kali recipe and kootu Thiruvathirai kali recipe

Ingredients needed

Raw rice - 1 cup
Jaggery - 1 1/2 cup
Grated coconut -3/4 cup loosely packed
Ghee - 1/4 cup
Cardamom - 1/4 tsp
Cashew nuts - few


Dry roast rice in a pan till it turns light golden brown in color. Keep the flames low while frying.

Dry grind the rice coarsely like rava. Keep it aside.

Melt jaggery in little water and filter it to remove impurities.

Roast cashew nuts in little ghee and keep it aside.


Take a pan/kadai , add jaggery water and bring it to boil.

Add grated coconut and let it cook for a few minutes.

Add rice rava, 2 tsp of ghee and water (2 1/2 cups) and pressure cook for 3 whistles.

After the pressure subsides, remove it, add the rest of the ghee and cardamom powder.

Mix well and cook for 3-4 minutes. Thiruvathirai kali is ready.

Note- 1 1/2 cup jaggery was just perfect for my family, if you want more sweetness, increase the quantity of jaggery.

Ezhukari Kootu (also called thalagam)Serves -5-6

This kootu is called Ezhukari Kootu as it must have a minimum of 7 vegetables out of which mochai , pumpkin and ash gourd are very important for this kootu.

Ingredients needed

Mixed vegetables -4 cups

I used Mochai-1/4 cup (field beans), parangikkai (yellow pumpkin), poosanikkai (ash gourd), chow chow , brinjal, beans, carrot, avarakkai (broad beans), potato.

Tur dal - 1/3 cup
Turmeric powder - 1 pinch
Tamarind - small gooseberry size ball

Fry and grind

Coriander seeds - 1 1/2 tsp
Bengal gram - 1 1/2 tsp
Red chilli - 5-6
Coconut (grated ) -1/4 cup

Fry the above in a tsp of oil, adding coconut at the end and grind it to a paste adding little water.

For the seasoning

Oil - 2 tsp
Hing - a pinch
Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds - 1 tsp
Red chilli - 1
Curry leaves - few


Wash and cut all the vegetable into medium sized cubes.

Soak tamarind in warm water for 20 minutes, extract its juice and discard the pulp.

Pressure cook dal with a pinch of turmeric powder. Keep the mochai also is a small cup and pressure cook along with it.

Cook both pumpkin and ash gourd separately in a little water until soft.

Par boil or pressure cook the rest of the vegetables for 1 whistle.


Heat oil in a pan, add the ingredients mentioned under seasoning, then add the par boiled vegetables and tamarind water. Cook till the raw smell of the tamarind goes.

Then add the ground paste, cooked dal, mochai, pumpkin, 1/2 cup of water and cook for a few minutes until everything gets incorporated well.

Enjoy preparing kali
and kootu for this Thiruvathirai.

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  1. yummy dishes.. koottu is so inviting..

  2. Yummy Kali and Thalagam..We don't add tamarind to the veggies and make it more like a kootu. Like your version of Kali..

  3. Nice traditional and yummy dishes dear. Thanks for sharing

  4. wat a fantastic recipe...absolute delicious dish..:)

  5. Can u please give me the recipe for vadakari

  6. Prompt addition before the festival :) Love to see you taking efforts and posting such useful and timely info on your blog. Happy Thiruvaadhirai :)

  7. This looks yummy..You have made it awesome.


  8. Authentic and traditional recipe on time... All this is very new to me but great to know!

  9. nice recipes..both looks delicious! :P
    Happy Thiruvathirai!

  10. A very delicious and tempting combination.

  11. Authentic ,healthy and delicious...well timed post!!

  12. A nice authentic & yummy recipe!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  13. very good kali and kootu preparetion

  14. Perfect post at the right time :) Both dish looks great..

  15. They both sound wonderfully delicious!

  16. looks delicious and tempting clicks ....

  17. Hi Padhu,

    We tried as per your recipe and both came out very well... Thanks for the recipe.

  18. I tried your recipe and it was fantastic. My husvand's a tamilian so I have never done anything like this before. I was kinda confused though while reading if you meant cook the rava in Jaggery water.. I was nervous to put Jaggery water in cooker so called my mother in law :))
    But yeah, the recipe was really bang on. We all loved it including our 16mo old daughter. So, thank you!

  19. arrey very good typical kerala iyer receipe good all loved it thank u so much

  20. Thank you padhu for posting on time so that all of us have enough time to read, try, and relish it! I am a great fan of your blog. With two daughters married and settled abroad when they have any confusion I tell them to check out on your blog for accuracy. God bless you my dear,!

  21. This is my first time of doing thiruvathira. Your recipie was a guide tome. Came out very well thanks

  22. Hi Padhu,

    I tried your kali receipe ... for the first time and came out very well.

    Thanks for sharing such traditional receipe.

    Great work... Padhu.

  23. I tried your kali receipe today and it came out very very well, in fact all these years I was doing it like suji halwa that is i used to cook it like upma, i was a little hesitant to try this but it came out very well thank u so much
    I tried doing the salt preparation also in cooker both came out very well thanku once again

  24. Thanks a lot for the recipe. It made todays's Thruvathirai wonderful.

  25. Thanks for the recipe, this is the first ever to make kali & kootu

  26. Wow. Looks amazing to have it right away. Going to prepare it for my hubby this weekend to delight him..


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