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. Today we will learn how to make Thiruvathirai kali and Ezhukari Kootu/thalagam following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Thiruvathirai kali and Ezhukari Kootu

Thiruvathirai Kali-Ezhukari Kootu

Thiruvathirai Kali-Ezhukari Kootu

 Prep Time : 20 mins
 Cook Time : 30 mins 
 Serves: 4
 Recipe CategoryFestival Recipes
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   For Thiruvathirai kali

   Raw rice - 1 cup
   Jaggery - 1 1/2 cup heaped
   Grated coconut -3/4 cup loosely packed
   Ghee - 1/4 cup
   Cashew nuts - 5-6
   Cardamom - 1/4 tsp

   For Ezhukari Kootu

   Mixed vegetables* - 4 - 4 1/2 cups
   Field Beans (Mochai) - 1/4 cup
   Tur dal - 1/3 cup
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Tamarind - small gooseberry size ball
   Salt needed

   Fry and grind

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

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 2 tsp
   Hing/asafoetida - a pinch
   Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
   Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
   Red chilli - 1
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped


Preparations For Kali

Dry roast rice on low heat in a pan/kadai till it turns light golden brown in color.

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

preparations for Thiruvathirai kali

Heat 2 1/2 cups of water, dissolve jaggery in it and filter it to remove impurities.

Method

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

When it start boiling, reduce the heat to low, add grated coconut and mix well.

how to make kali

Then add rice rava with one hand and stir continuously with your other hand to prevent formation of lumps.

Tiruvathirai kali recipe

Add 2 tsp of ghee, mix well and cook on low heat for a few seconds until it slightly thickens.

Transfer it to a vessel and pressure cook for 3 whistles.

how to make Thiruvathirai kali

Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker.

how to prepare Thiruvathirai kali

Heat remaining ghee in a pan and saute cashew nuts until golden brown. Add cardamom powder and the cashew nuts along with the ghee when the kali is hot.

Mix well and enjoy. Thiruvathirai kali is ready. Serve hot with Ezhukari Kootu/thalagam (recipe below).

Easy kali recipe

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

Ezhukari Kootu-Thalagam Recipe (Serves 4-5)

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.

Preparation

Wash and cut all the vegetable into medium sized cubes.Vegetables* I used are Carrot,Broad beans (avarakkai), Pumpkin (parangikkai),Beans, Chow chow (chayote), Cluster beans (kothavarangai), Ashgourd (poosanikkai), Brinjal, Potato and also 1/4 cup of mochai (field beans).

vegetables for ezhukari kootu

Pressure cook dal with turmeric powder for 3 whistles or until soft. Keep the mochai also is a small cup and pressure cook with  a little salt along with dal as you see in the picture below.

pressure cooked mochai and dal

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

preparation for kootu

Heat a tsp of oil and fry coriander seeds, bengal gram (chana dal), raw rice and red chillies. When dal turns golden brown, add coconut and saute for a few more minutes.

Switch off the heat. Once it cools, grind it to a fine paste adding little water.

tamarind extract and ground paste

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

Par boil the rest of the vegetables with needed water and little salt. You can also pressure cook for 1 whistle. But slowly and steadily (be very careful) release the pressure after one whistle otherwise the vegetables will get overcooked. If you are new to using pressure cooker, I suggest that you par boil the vegetables in a pan, to be on the safer side.

easy thalagam recipe

Method

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add fenugreek seeds, red chilli, hing and curry leaves.

Then add the par boiled vegetables (excluding pumpkin and ash gourd), salt needed and tamarind water. Cook on medium heat until the raw smell of the tamarind goes.

how to make ezhukari kootu

Then add the ground paste, cooked dal, cooked mochai, cooked ashgourd and pumpkin.

ezhukari kootu recipe for Thiruvathirai

Add 1/2 cup of water and cook on low heat for 10 minutes until everything gets incorporated well. Stir in between to prevent dal from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Check for salt.

thalagam kootu

Turn off the heat and garnish with coriander leaves.(The consistency should neither be watery nor too thick).

Serve hot Ezhukari Kootu with kali.

Enjoy preparing kali and this healthy kootu for this Thiruvathirai.

Thiruvathirai kali recipe and kootu
Note - Due to requests from readers, this post has been updated with step wise pictures.

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32 comments:

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

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  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..

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

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

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  5. Can u please give me the recipe for vadakari

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

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

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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

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

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  10. A very delicious and tempting combination.

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

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

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  13. very good kali and kootu preparetion

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

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  15. They both sound wonderfully delicious!

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  16. looks delicious and tempting clicks ....

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  17. Hi Padhu,

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

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  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!

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

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  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,!

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

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  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.

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  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

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

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

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  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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