Thiruvathirai Kali

Thiruvathirai Kali is prepared on the auspicious occasion of Thiruvathirai. Cendanar of Naukoor, a disciple of Paddinattu Adigal, used to eat only after feeding some Saiva devotees. Due to a constant bad weather he could not get together all the essentials for a proper meal. He had no option but to mix water with flour and prepare a mashed paste. Lord Siva understood his predicament. He wanted the people to know how sincere his devotee was to him. Therefore he disguised himself as a Siva devotee and visited Cendanar’s hut and enjoyed what was given to him as food. The temple attendants saw the premises scattered with the mashed paste the following morning. Inquiries led to an understanding of Cendanar’s piety and he was thereafter bestowed with all due respect. This incident took place in a Markali Thiruvathirai. This is why Thiruvathirai Kali forms an important prasad on this holy day.

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Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time 20 mins

Thiruvathirai Kali
Thiruvathirai Kali

Raw Rice1 Cup
Grated Jaggery1 1/2 Cup
Water3 Cups
Moong dal2 tablespoon
Grated Coconut4 tablepsoon
Ghee2 tablespoon
Salta pinch

Thiruvathirai Kali
Thiruvathirai Kali

  1. Wash the raw rice in a water and rinse it. Immediately after rinsing put the rinsed rice in a Kadaai and fry it until the rice becomes golden brown color.

  2. Grind the Raw Rice in a mixer and the rice powder should be like Rawa. Take the contents in a bowl. Put the moongdhal in the kadaai and fry it till it becomes golden brown color

  3. Pour one cup of water to cook the dhal. It will take approximately 5 minutes to cook. The dhal need not cook completely. It should be in half boiled consistency. If you take one of the dhal and press it with your fingers, then it should get smashed. This is the right consistency. While the dhal is getting cooked, you can prepare the jaggery juice in parallel.
  4. Heat another pan, add water (till the jaggery immersed in the water completely) and add grated jaggery. 

  5. When the jaggery dissolves completely in water, strain it to remove dust and sand particles. Keep the strained jaggery juice in a separate bowl

  6. Once the dhal is almost cooked, pour two cups water, strained jaggery juice and a pinch of salt.
  7. When the jaggery mixture begins to boil, add the powdered rice and stir well to avoid bumps. (like we do for the preparation of upma)

  8. Powder the cardamon and add it along with the grated cocunut.
  9. Fry the cashews in the ghee and add to the kali. Add the remaining ghee to the kali and stir it one.

  10. Keep the flame low and allow it to cook in low flame for 5 minutes and then remove from flame

  11. The yummy Kali is ready for Neivedhyam
  12. Thiruvathirai Kali
    Thiruvathirai Kali

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thanks a lot.....Vidya

I am a newly married girl exported to America:) This blog really inspire me to cook Authentic Indian food. I am excited about the fact that it will be easier for me to cook Kali for the day after tomorrow Thiruvathirai...Hats off to ur great work. Thanks a ton

Thank you so much for the recipe and explanation! Im from malaysia and will be observing arudra dharishanam in the house wince its not celebrated grandly here...

Subbu , Thanx for the wonderful recipes !

I have registered in ur site , but i am not getting ur mails regularly .... like , i got the mail for V-ekadashi but not for thiruvathirai !!
Pls check .
Thank u !

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Ii would like to know the receipe of thanjavur veatha kozambu

Hi,Your dish really good especially with photos how to make it.Today is Thiruvaadhirai.I will do this definitely.Thanks!

thiruvathirai kali receippe very nice....thank u madam....

Thanks a lot it came out really well.

Dear maami, your wonderful and detailed recipes are helping me for each and every function. Many thanks.

Thank you madam! Heart felt thanks.

Hello Mam, Thanks a lot. very tasty.

Many thanks for the recipes, mami. Your blog is quite helpful and am a regular visitor.

For the kali, adding the coconut, cardamom powder and 1 or 2 tsp of ghee in boiling sugar syrup before adding the rice-rava makes it easy.

Love the history that Mrs. Subbu shares with us, along with the recipes. Thank you very much.

Wow v nice and tempting easy to make.thanks a lot.

I have prepared few dishes from the recipes of your blog. All d recipes i tried was good. Hats off to you mami.

Kali was awesome this time. Thank u mami. You are my guru in cooking.



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