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Jan 12, 2009

Thiruvathirai Kali and thalaga kozhumbu

Thiruvathirai is a festival celebrated by tamilians in the marghazi month of tamil calender. It is a festival to celeberate the tandava(cosmic dance) performed my lord Shiva (Nataraja). This day is also known to be Lord shiva's birthday star "arudhra",hence also called as arudhra darshanam.
Kali and thalaga kozhumbu are the popular prasadams made to mark this day. Thalaga kozhumbu or thalagam is a spicy vegetable gravy which goes very well with the sweet rice flour dish called Kali.Thalagam is also called "ezhu kari"because seven vegetables are used to make this gravy(ezhu in tamil means seven). However one can use 5 or 7 vegetables for this kozhumbu. Some also call this as "ericha kootu" because this is prepared in a large quantity and everytime is reheated before serving. The taste gets better when stored and consumed. You can store this for around 3 days.
So , I made this prasadams on thiruvathirai day which fell on 10th of january this year.I am late posting this one. However I did not want to miss it.
Kali
Ingredients
Rice - 1 cup
Mung dal(green gram dal)- 1tbsp
Jaggery- 3/4 th cup
Ghee-1tsp
Cashews- few broken to pieces
Method-
Wash the rice. Drain the water and keep it in a sieve for 10 to 15 minutes. Now, place the rice in a pan and roast it till it becomes a light red in colour(kind of pinkish). Roast the mung dal till it becomes a light brown. Grind the rice and dal to a fine flour.
Add the jaggery to 2 cups of water. After it melts, allow it to boil. Then add the ground rice dal mixture to it. Keep stirring till it becomes a thick mass. Switch off the flame.
Heat the ghee and roast the cashews till they turn brown. Add this to the kali. Mix well.
thiruvathirai kali
Thalaga kozhumbu
Ingredients-
5 or 7 Vegetables of your choice- Cut into chunks(Potatoes,carrots,capsicum,pumpkin,brinjal)
Tuvar dal - 1tbsp
Channa dal- 1/2tbsp
Til/Sesame- 1tsp
Dried red chillies- 5
Coconut -1 cup freshly grated
Tamarind- Size of a small lemon
Sesame oil- 1tsp+1tsp
Salt- to taste
Turmeric powder- 1tsp
Mustard seeds- 1tsp
Method-
Soak the tamarind in 2 cups of warm water for 10 minutes. Squeeze out the juice. Filter the tamarind water.
Heat little oil in a pan. Add the dried red chillies, til,tuvar dal and channa dal. Saute till they turn a light brown. Cool and grind to a fine powder.
Cut the vegetables to chunks. Pour the tamarind water over it. Add salt and turmeric powder. Cook the vegetables till it turns tender. Then add the ground paste. Mix well and cook till the consistency is thick.
Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. Then add the grated coconut. Toast the coconut till they turn brown. Add this to the kozhumbu and mix well.
thalagam/ezhu kari kootuServe the kali with thalaga kozhumbu.

30 comments:

Kitchen Flavours said...

Looks like sambar. Yummy and tasty looking recipes....

Divya Kudua said...

Hey Sowmya..thats a new recipe,have'nt heard of it before.Can make out it would be delicious from the yummy pics..;-).

LG said...

I loved the sweet prasadam got to make it as it looks so tempting!

Ann said...

Sowmya,we malayalees too go with fasting and all kinda celebrations on thiruvathira..We even have a dance form called "thiruvathirakali".women wearing kerala special 'settumundu" make a round and sing songs based on hindu myths and go on with small movements.Finally it will become faster and is a real deligt to watch..
Your recipe is almost like 'thiruvathira puzhukku' which the fasting women eat during thiruvathira..thats so lovely of you dear..

Chitra - spicelover said...

Hi sowmya,
Nice to see this posting.do visit mine.i've posted the same with slight variations:)

Asha said...

Great combo, mouthwatering dishes. Enjoy! :))

Laavanya said...

Both look so delicious Sowmya! :)

Cham said...

I ve tasted when I was in India! Love ur talagam ...

Trupti said...

looks very delicious & Mouthwatering

Joie de vivre said...

What a wonderful tradition and very yummy looking dishes!

SriLekha said...

looks yum and delicious and a traditional recipe too!!

AnuSriram said...

I too made kali and my version is little different. Looks delicious!

Preety said...

wow the gravy looks perfect to me

Varsha Vipins said...

Its celebrated in Kerala also..I love these comfort dishes..nostalgic..:)

anudivya said...

Very interesting background by you and Ann... it was a nice read.
Recipe sounds good.

anudivya said...

Very interesting background by you and Ann... it was a nice read.
Recipe sounds good.

Indhu said...

wwowww
thiruvaadhirai kali and thaalagam... brings back lovely memories :)
and the thaalgam looks sooper delicious !

Rathna said...

Wow...I love them !

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

your kali is making my mouth water. looks gorgeous. i love kali. i sometimes add coconut.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Hi Sowmya,
I too made these,dint posted!Urs looks too good!

Sunanda said...

this is completely different type of recipe and it looks yummy too..

vidhas said...

I love kali and kootu. Yours look gorgeous.

Priti said...

Looks very tempting...looking at these things after a long while...gud to remember :)

Curry Leaf said...

HAPPY PONGAL .
The dishes I have heard,but recipe is new to me.Tempting and tasty.

Nithya Praveen said...

Yummy Sowmya...I missed this alot.At my Mom's house the gravy is called Thalagam and inlaws call it "Ezhukari kootu"....Mouth watering dish:-)

aquadaze said...

I married a tambrahm and my MIL patiently taught me all these things! However, I've not managed to make these. Enjoying them vicariously thru your blog now!

notyet100 said...

thnks for shrin info on the festival,..was not aware about this festival,..prasadam looks yum,./:-)

notyet100 said...

thnks for shrin info on the festival,..was not aware about this festival,..prasadam looks yum,./:-)

Mrs.Kannan said...

I was reading this 2 amma she was amazed..she said even she didn't tried it yet..it's her fav..my granny used to cook this.both looks yum

Sukanya said...

Very nice Kali and Thalagam...My amma was here this Thituvatharai and she made kali and thalagam too, the only change is she added some coconut to the kali. Yours looks yummy too.

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