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.



  • Cuisine: south indian
  • Course: dessert


1 cup Rice
1 tbsp Mung dal(green gram dal)
3/4 cup Jaggery
1 tsp Ghee
Cashews- few broken to pieces


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Heat the ghee and roast the cashews till they turn brown. Add this to the kali. Mix well.

Thalaga kozhumbu


5 or 7 Vegetables of your choice- Cut into chunks(Potatoes,carrots,capsicum,pumpkin,brinjal)
1 tbsp Tuvar dal
1/2 tbsp Channa dal
1 tsp Til/Sesame
5 Dried red chillies
1 cup Coconut – freshly grated
Tamarind- Size of a small lemon
1 tsp+1tsp Sesame oil
to taste Salt
1 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Mustard seeds


  1. Soak the tamarind in 2 cups of warm water for 10 minutes. Squeeze out the juice. Filter the tamarind water.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Serve the kali with thalaga kozhumbu.

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  1. Lubna Karim

    Looks like sambar. Yummy and tasty looking recipes….

  2. Divya Kudua

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

  3. Taste of Mysore

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

  4. 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..

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

  6. Great combo, mouthwatering dishes. Enjoy! :))

  7. Both look so delicious Sowmya! 🙂

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

  9. looks very delicious & Mouthwatering

  10. Joie de vivre

    What a wonderful tradition and very yummy looking dishes!

  11. looks yum and delicious and a traditional recipe too!!

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

  13. wow the gravy looks perfect to me

  14. Varsha Vipins

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

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

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

  17. wwowww
    thiruvaadhirai kali and thaalagam… brings back lovely memories 🙂
    and the thaalgam looks sooper delicious !

  18. Wow…I love them !

  19. Mahimaa's kitchen

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


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

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

  22. I love kali and kootu. Yours look gorgeous.

  23. Looks very tempting…looking at these things after a long while…gud to remember 🙂

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

  25. Nithya Praveen

    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:-)

  26. 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!

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

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

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

  30. 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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