Thiruvathirai is a festival in Tamil culture. Its falls in the Tamil month of Margazhi and it is the birthday of Lord Shiva. This festival is known more by the name Arudhra Darisanam than Thiruvathirai. It is the day when Lord Shiva performed the Thandava. On this day those women who follow this tradition observe partial fast. Kali and ezhukari kuzhambhu is the dish made at every home.

Herez the recipe for Kali.

  • Rice - 3/4 cup
  • Moong dhal - 1/4 cup
  • Channa dhal - 1/4 cup
  • Jaggery (brown sugar) - 1 cup
  • Coconut - 1/2 cup shredded
  • Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
  • Ghee - 2 tbsp
  • Cashews - few

How to make it:

Dry roast rice, moong dhal and channa dhal. Once cooled, grind into a coarse powder (it should be like sooji). Take 1 cup of the ground powder. In a pan, add 1 cup jaggery with 2 1/2 cups water and bring it to a boil, add coconut, cardamom powder and 1 tbsp of ghee. Add the ground rice-dhal powder and keep on stirring until all the water is absorbed and it is well cooked. Garnish with cashews fried in ghee.

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13 Responses
  1. Raks Says:

    Anu,I too made adai and kali yesterday,yours looks so good! We dont add dhals to it...we make in different way...!

  2. waiting your ezhukari kulambu

  3. Anu I too made Kali thalagam yesterday.Yours look yummy.

  4. kali looks yum and tasty....

  5. Finla Says:

    This looks so yummy, i can imagine the delicious falovour with coocnut and cardamom in them.

  6. mung dal we call it...
    lovely i can smell the fragrance...yum

  7. Malar Gandhi Says:

    Just made this 2 days ago...your version sounds interesting and looks very inviting to me. Love it.

  8. anudivya Says:

    I have seen so many versions of these and all of them make me drool! I need to make it. Looks nice and traditional

  9. I love this kali very much, should give your version a try soon, sounds delicious :)

  10. Rajani Says:

    happy thiruvadira although a little late... just discovered your blog... lovely place!

  11. AnuSriram Says:

    Thank you all for your time in visiting my blog and leaving your comments!