Thiruvathirai Kali

Thiruvathirai Kali

In olden days, “Thiruvathirai Kali” is prepared in a brass vessel (Vengala Uruli). Jaggery is boiled with water and then rice flour is added to it and the kali is prepared in low flame stiring now and then. Now it is Prepared in “Pressure Cooker” or “Open Vessels”. I find the following method easy and also the Kali is soft.
This Kali is served with Mixed Vegetable Kootu (Thalagam) normally consisting of seven vegetables (also called as Ezhu Kari Kootu or Thalagam).

  • Thalagam

    Difficulty: Easy

    A dish traditionally made for Thiruvathirai Festival and Pongal with mixed vegetables.

Thiruvathirai Kali

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Recipe by S Kamala Course: SweetsCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Medium


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A festival sweet made during Thiruvathirai festival made with rice and jaggery.


  • Rice – 1 cup

  • Jaggary powdered – 1 and 1/2 cup

  • Coconut gratings – ¼ cup

  • Cardamom – 5

  • Cashew Nuts – few

  • Ghee – 4 to 5 teaspoon

  • Water – 2 cups


  • Fry the rice in a kadai without oil till it turns light brown. Cool it and powder it in a mixie.
  • Add the powder in a thick bottomed vessel. Boil the water and pour it over the rice powder. Close with lid. Leave it for half an hour.
  • Meantime, fry the cashew nuts in a teaspoon of ghee.
  • Powder the cardamom.
  • Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup water to the jaggery powder (jaggery should be covered with water) and bring to boil. When it starts boiling, remove from stove and strain it.
  • Add this to the rice mixture and keep it on the stove.
  • Mix it thoroughly and cook on medium flame till the jaggery syrup and rice flour mixes well. Now add the coconut, fried cashew, cardamom powder along with ghee. Mix thoroughly. Remove from stove.


  • If you require more sweet, then you can increase the quantity of jaggery to two cups. Also two to three tablespoon of green gram dhal (fried without oil) also added along with rice.


  1. Wanted recipe of thalagam also

  2. which rice is used?

  3. Hi aunty
    for the first time i prepared thiruvathirai kali by myself.folliwed ur recipe nd the kali came out very well.thanks a lot

  4. Pl. mention rice and water measurement.

  5. Hi mam , the water measurement of 2 cups excluding the jaggery water or jaggery also dissolve using with tat 2 cups?

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