Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Thiruvadhirai Kali / Thiruvadhirai Special





Thiruvadira as I’ve mentioned in my previous post, is celebrated as Lord Shiva’s Birthday in Tamil Nadu and parts of Kerala. This year it falls on the 8th of January 2012.

Think Thiruvadira, the only thing that comes to my mind is the Kali – a sweet dish made of jaggery and roasted rice powder and Kootu – a savory dish made of root vegetables like Sweet Potato, Kavatthu, Pumpkin and (Avarakkai), which is made especially on this day. It is a rare combination of sweet rice upma with a savory vegetable curry. Women wake up in the wee hours and prepare these neivedyams, which are then offered to Lord Shiva and Parvathy before sunrise. People generally visit the Shiva Temple.

Before marriage, mom would prepare everything and I would get ready in time for the neivedyam. After marriage, I would stand and closely watch my MIL prepare these traditional dishes with ease. Today I am sharing the recipe for Kali. This is my MIL’s recipe and is really fool proof. I never thought preparing Kali was so simple until I made it myself last year.



Serves – 4

What you’ll need
  1. Raw Rice – 1 Cup
  2. Moong Dal – ¼ Cup
  3. Powdered Jaggery – 2 Cup
  4. Grated Fresh Coconut – 1 Cup
  5. Green Cardamom – 4 to 5
  6. Ghee – 1 tbsp



1.       Method
  1. Wash and drain the rice. Spread the rice in a muslin cloth and let it dry in shade for about ½ an hour.
  2. Dry roast the rice in a Kadai till it starts turning reddish. Cool completely and powder into a rava consistency. Transfer into a bowl.
  3. Also roast the Moong dal till a nice aroma comes out. Cook the Moong dal with little water.
  4. Cook the rice rava with 2 and ½ cups of water for 3 whistles.
  5. In the meanwhile, Heat a Kadai, add the powdered jaggery and dissolve it using ¼ cup of water. Strain for impurities and heat the syrup again.
  6. Add the grated coconut in the Jaggery syrup.
  7. Now, add the cooked dal, and rice rava. Mix vigorously for 2 to 3 minutes until everything forms a homogenous mixture.
  8. Add the ghee and stir again.
  9. Crush the cardamom and add it. Mix again.




1.       Thiruvadira Kali is ready.

Note:

1.       2 Cups of Jaggery gave the right amount of sweetness. You can increase or decrease the amount of Jaggery according to your taste.
2.       You could also add roasted Cashewnuts and raisins, but in the traditional recipe nothing other than coconut is added.

Linking this to the Kerala Kitchen hosted by me 
Radhika's Let's Cook - Rice
Anu's Cook with Spices - Cardamom

54 comments:

Chandrani said...

Lovely halwa...

Radhika said...

Nice clicks Kaveri. I too make it during thirvuadhirai.

Vimitha Anand said...

Never tried this.. Will try it this time. Looks so nice

Priya said...

Yummy kali, my mom prepares this kali similar too,would love to have some..

faseela said...

lovely clicks...yummy kali...awesome dear

Santosh Bangar said...

new to me but looking delicious

Prathibha said...

delicious sweer...looks yummm

Roshni said...

looks yummy. I will also post my recipe on the 8th.. i think we make it slightly different. Its good to celebrate all festivals with my blogger friends

Kalpana Sareesh said...

kali n koottu such an yummy pleasure.. to eat this awaiting sunday..

Ramya said...

i have never tried this...u made it feel very simple

ANU said...

wow awesome sweet...very nice and simple..
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Aarthi said...

yummy kali

Archana said...

Hey this is so delicious. Happy New year.

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Umm...yummy recipe,we do make it the same way,looks delicious.

kitchen queen said...

lovely and awesome recipe.
indu srinivasan

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Sweet looks heavenly. Wonderfully prepared.

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hemalata said...

Yummy recipe n looks so delicious.
Happy New Year.

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious combination
happy new year to you and family

divya said...

super tempting sweet tempts me a lot,mouthwatering here..

Suja said...

Looks divine..yummy

Sravs said...

nice recipe looks delicious !!

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Asmita said...

Yummy halwa, would love to try it!

anthony stemke said...

Nice sweet dish.

sangee vijay said...

i too tried this once, looks very nice...nice presentation n pictures Kaveri.

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Biny Anoop said...

wow lovely sweet dear.....happy new year

Julie said...

wow..Delicious!!
wishing you a happy 2012 !!

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jeyashrisuresh said...

perfectly done. We too make it in the same way except pressure cooking the rice.

Rajani said...

Kaveri,
Happy Thiruvadirai fasting/feasting!
I would love to see your version of kootu too! Watch out for my post on the same recipes (after I click pics on 8th, wink)
Rajani.

Raji said...

For me too thiruvadirai is synonymous to kali..love it so much..your presentation is traditional and lovely.

Gayathri NG said...

Looks authentic n traditional dear...
Have a Wonderful thiruvadharai...

Sensible Vegetarian said...

One of my favorite dishes, looks superb.

Nalini's Kitchen said...

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maha said...

very new sweet varity for me..looks superb.

vineetha said...

The name is new to me...Good one :)

Jay said...

wow..sounds sensational & yummy kaveri..
happy new year to you & yours..:)
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Vidhya said...

Thanks dear for sharing another delicious and authentic recipe.

SouthIndianHome said...

Looks perfect and delicious. Nice clicks

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Padhu said...

Looks yummy and tempting!

Pari said...

Happy New Year. Looks delicious. How different is this from the Sweet Pongal?

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Kalyan said...

Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare & delicious!

Prathima Rao said...

This is such a tasty sweet dish!!!
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Sobha Shyam said...

very delicious sweet, looks yummy Kaveri..

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specs buffy said...

kaveri - wonderful kali - I was not adding green gram, maybe this will be a taste enhancer:)
My mom was making kootu only with kaavath and avarakkai - the flat light green variety, and when I stepped into my inlaws domain, I was dumb struck to see my mil using 9 diff. varieties of roots, my fil would go hunting for these and patiently cut them!
These included kaavath, Chenai, vazhakkai, sweet potato, paal chembu ( the big sized cheppankazhungu ), kappai, chembu, potato,koorkan and avarakkai :)
After this meal of kootu and kali we would feel like " era muzhingana paambu ";)

Faseela Noushad said...

Happy New Year Kaveri......

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Looks perfect. Wonderfully explained... :) Happy New year

Rani Acharyulu said...

Yummy sweet looks delicious. Wishing you and your family Happy New year Kaveri.

Divya Pramil said...

Looks delicious..Well made dear!!

real INDIA said...

CAn u pl give the koottu recipe also

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