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Thiruvatirai Kali

Kali is sweet dish offering to Lord Shiva on Thiruvathirai star (also called arudra darisanam) during the month of Margazhi. It is most often referred to as 'Kali-Kootu/Kolambu', the side dish with which it is eaten. It is a great combination and is a must try.
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: South Indian
Keyword: Lord Shiva, occasional, prasadam, sweet dish, Thiruvathirai
Yield: 5 People
Author: Srimathi Sundararaman and Suganya

Materials

  • 1 cup Rice
  • 2 tbsp Moong dal
  • 2 Cardamom (Elaichi)
  • 1/2 Cup Grated coconut
  • 1 Cup Jaggery
  • 10 to 12 Cashewnuts
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 3 Cups Water

Instructions

  • In a kadai, dry roast the rice till it turns slightly brown.
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  • Add moong dal and saute for 1 minute.
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  • Add cardamom and switch off the stove.
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  • Once it cools down, grind it to a coarse powder and set it aside.
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  • In a vessel boil 3 cups of water.
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  • Once the water boils, add grated coconut.
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  • Now add the jaggery and stir it dissolves.
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  • Add the ground rice powder and keep stirring.
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  • Mix everything well such that no lumps are formed.
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  • When the mixture boils and thickens, switch off the stove. Now place it in a pressure cooker and cook for three whistles similar to how we cook rice.
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  • After the pressure settles, take it out and add 1 tbsp ghee and mix it well.
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  • Now in the remaining ghee, fry the cashewnuts till they becomes light brown.
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  • Garnish the kali with the fried cashewnuts and serve it hot with 7 kari kootu.
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Notes

1. Increase or decrease the jaggery as per preference.
2. Additionally, this dish can be served in the evening  for guests with Vada / Bhajji along with a hot beverage.