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Thiruvathirai Thalagam Kuzhambu (7 Kari Kootu)
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Thiruvathirai Thalagam Kuzhambu (7 Kari Kootu)

Thalagam is a traditional Tirunelveli Delicacy made using multiple seasonal vegetables. For Thiruvathirai Festival it's served with Thiruvathirai Kali as an offering to God.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Festival, Kootu varieties (Stew), Kuzhambu
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 152kcal
Author: Sowmya Venkatachalam


  • Heavy Bottomed Pan
  • Mixer Grinder


  • 1 Brinjal
  • 25 g Yam (Senai)
  • 25 g Ashgourd (White Pumpkin)
  • 25 g Pumpkin (Yellow)
  • 25 g Sweet Potato
  • 0.5 Raw Banana
  • 1 Tara Root
  • 1 small Lemon Size Tamarind
  • 0.25 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Asafoetida (Asafetida / Hing) a pinch
  • tsp Salt To Taste

For Grinding

  • 6 Red Chili
  • 1 tsp Sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp Toor Dal
  • 1 tsp Raw Rice
  • 0.5 cup Grated Coconut
  • 2 tsp Oil

For Tempering

  • 1 tsp Ghee (Clarified butter)
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 0.5 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • Few Curry Leaves


Extract the Tamarind Juice. You can skip this step if you are using Tamarind Extract

  • Soak the tamarind in the water (preferably in a warm water) and extract the juice and keep it separately.

Chop the Vegetables

  • Soak the raw rice in water for 10 minutes.Meanwhile wash and chop the vegetables for the Thalagam into cubes as we cut for the sambar and soak it in water. The reason for this is raw banana, potatoes tend to become black if we keep it open. So it is always good to soak the chopped vegetables in waterNote - You can use any available seasonal vegetables for Thalagam/

Prepare the masala

  • Heat the oil in the pan and fry the Toor Dal, Sesame seeds, Red chillies in the oil.Once the Dal becomes light golden color add the grated coconut and fry it till it becomes light brown color.

Grind the Masala

  • Allow the fried ingredients to cool off and then take it to the mixer and grind all these into a fine paste in a mixer along with the soaked raw rice.

Cook the Vegetables

  • Cook the vegetables in the pan with a pinch of turmeric, and when the vegetables are half-cooked, add the tamarind extract, hing and salt and let it boil for 5 minutes in high flame.

Add the Ground Paste

  • Finally add the ground paste and allow it to boil for 5 minutes and then remove from flame.

Let's do the Tempering

  • Heat another pan with oil and add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds starts to sputter, add fenugreek seeds and curry leaves and fry till the fenugreek seeds turn golden brown color. Add these seasoned ingredients to the thalagam and mix well.

Its Serving Time!

  • Serve the delicious Thalagam with Thiruvathirai Kali and slurp!!!



Serving: 0.5Cup | Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.5g | Protein: 11.1g | Fat: 1.2g