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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Celebrate Thiruvadarai with Kali and Kootu (Tamil Iyers Special) - Reposting with new photos

Thiruvadarai is on 22nd December 2010. It is also called Aarudra Darisanam. Thiruvadarai is Lord Shiva's star which falls on full moon day in the tamil month of Margazhi. Speacial prayers are performed at 9th January night in various Shiva temples all over India.

Celebrate Thiruvadarai with Kali and Ezhukari Kootu.

Here goes the recipe for Thiruvadarai Kali.


Rice Rava - 1 cup
Jaggery - 1 cup
Moong dal - 1/2 cup
Cardamom - 1 tspn (powdered)
Grated coconut - 1 cup
Ghee - 4 tspns
ashews - 6 nos
Water - 3 cups

Preparation Method
Preparation of rice rava Fry 1 cup of normal rice untill it turns light brown. Transfer it to a bowl and cool it. Grind to coarse powder in mixie(Like rava/semolina/sooji)
Fry 1 cup of moong dal till light brown and transfer it to a separate bowl.
Preparation of Thiruvathirai Kali:
In a kadai, add jaggery, add 1 1/2cup water to dissolve. Strain it prior to boiling to remove muddy particles generally present in Jaggery.
Boil moong dal with 1 1/2cup water separately and once ready add it to the jaggery water and boil it. When the desired consistency is achieved add rice rava little by little and keep stirring to avoid formation of lumps.
Add ghee and stir to make kali rich.
Add grated coconut and cardamom powder for taste and flavour.
Make the flame low and close the lid for few mins till rava is well cooked.
Heat ghee and fry the cashews (If you wish add more ghee to get good taste) mix well.

Kali is ready to serve with Ezhukari Kootu.

Here goes recipe for Kootu

Sweet Potato(Large) - 1 no
Potato - 2 nos
Yam (senai Kizhangu) - 1 small piece
Koorkai(Siru Kizhangu) - 6 nos
Arbi (Cheppankizhangu) - 2 nos
Chow Chow(Chayote) - 1no
Avarakai - 50gms
Mochaka - 50gms
Turmeric - a pinch
Grated coconut - 2 cups
Green chilli - 3 nos
Curry leaves - 2 tspns
Coconut oil - 2 tspns
Salt to taste
Preparation Method
Wash all the vegetables and cut them into medium size pieces.
In a Kadai, put all the vegetables with little water, salt and turmeric and cook.
Grind in mixie grated coconut and green chillies.
Once its 3/4th cooked add this mixture and mix well (do not over cook then vegetables will be mashed)
Keep it in medium flame, add little water if required.
Add 2 tspns coconut oil and curry leaves.
Kootu is a side dish gravy for the Kali. It is called Ezhukari Kootu because we use 5 rooted vegetables and 2 any other vegetables. If you dont get rooted vegetables you can do with other vegetables also.
Allow it to boil.

From my mom's kitchen Kootu is ready to serve with Kali.


Anonymous said...

This is exactly how my mom makes the kooty, elsewhere its done using tamarind and sambar masala ingredients. I love this recipe and gonna follow it this time for tiruvadirai.

Shanthi Krishnakumar on December 21, 2010 at 5:17 PM said...

perfect and tempting

Priya Suresh on December 21, 2010 at 5:41 PM said...

Kali and kootu looks very tempting, authentic dishes..

Ms.Chitchat on December 21, 2010 at 6:16 PM said...

The perfect kali and kootu, thanks for the ready recipe,sounds tasty.

Gayathri Kumar on December 21, 2010 at 8:06 PM said...

Thank you for the traditional recipes..

Sanjeeta kk on December 21, 2010 at 9:51 PM said...

I love this traditional treat for south, kudos to my neighbors.

notyet100 on December 21, 2010 at 10:14 PM said...

thanks for sharing this,,,

Kurinji on December 21, 2010 at 11:41 PM said...


Kavita Srivastava on December 22, 2010 at 12:13 AM said...

That looks very tasty ...

Hari Chandana P on December 22, 2010 at 12:47 AM said...

very tempting and delicious.. amazing job !!

Pushpa on December 22, 2010 at 1:40 AM said...

Yummy combo,kali and kootu looks awesome.


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