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Friday, January 1, 2010

We usually celebrate thiruvathirai and make adai,kali a 7 kari kootu(kootu made with 7 kind of veggies). See how to make 7 KARI KOOTU HERE.

Adai,Kali, Kootu!
         Every year I call my MIL or my mom to check how to make these and this year too I called my MIL on eve of thiruvathirai(yesterday)and got the measurements,so I am now having here to keep the records of my perfect adai and kali,turned out so tasty this time!

Thiruvathirai Kali recipe



Raw rice 1/2 cup
paasi paruppu/moong dal 1-2 tblsp
Jaggery 1/2 cup
Coconut 4-5 tblsp
Cardamom/yelakkai powder A pinch
Ghee 1 tsp
water 1 cup
salt A pinch


  1. Heat a pan and dry roast rice till it turns  slightly golden colour and roast the paasi paruppu separately till golden brown.
  2. Roasted rice and dal
  3. After cooling down,grind it, just use the Juice/inch/pulse option in ur mixer to just make the rice & dal little broken.
  4. Broken raice and dal
  5. Pressure cook this  in low flame directly in a pressure cooker (add a pinch of salt)with rice : water , 1:2 ratio,for 2 to 3 whistles.
  6. Cooked
  7. After the pressure leaves,add the powdered jaggery,ealachi  and ghee and keep the cooker in flame and continue on mixing in low flame till the jaggery mixes well with the cooked rice mixture. Once the cooker is opened, you can fluff it and keep it aside for the rice to cool down and then add jaggery and make kali. 
  8. added jaggery and coconut
  9. After some 4-5 minutes a fluffy kali consistency reaches and transfer the kali now to the serving dish. If you want you can fry  some 4-5 broken cashews in ghee and add it to the kali.


Adai Recipe :

For thiruvathirai, most of the people make only Kali and kootu. Adai is our family special. Its a must for us to make this and we should also make this carefully without breaking the adai for the well being and goodness of the family. 



Rice flour 1 cup
Jaggery 3/4 cup
Coconut ,grated 1/4 cup
Elachi,powdered a pinch
Salt a pinch
water 1 cup (May vary if using store bought  rice flour or home made rice flour.


  1. Usually my mom,MIL uses freshly ground rice flour, but I used the ready made idiyappam flour,which always gives a handy help to me Winking.
  2. If you  are using rice flour that usually available in market,dry roast just a little to heat up the flour.
  3. Boil water with jaggery till jagerry dissolves and remove (strain)any impurities.
  4. Add the rice flour,coconut gratings,elachi and stir well,initially it will look like forming lumps, but if  you continuously stir it you will get a smooth non sticky dough. The key is the dough should be already 3/4 th cooked. Then only we will get soft and non breakable adais.
  5. Dough onsistency
  6. Make 7 equal sized balls out of it and flatten in a greased polythene base,(or in plantain leaf)one by one  and toast both sides with ghee little drizzled in the tawa in medium flame.
  7. Take care not to break the adai as these are meant not to be broken.
    Top with butter and enjoy!! Tastes heaven Happy.
adai topped with butter
  • Don’t roast the rice flour too much as it will make the adai break.
  • Also cook in medium or medium high flame, dont cook in low flame as that too will break the adai.
  • Turn just once,if you keep on turning then too the adai will break.

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  1. Wow awesome adai & kali.... Kalakuringa..

  2. Looks great Raks. Wish u and ur family a very happy new year.

  3. lovely pics raks,wish you have a wonderful new year...

  4. awesome dishes and arumaiyaana photos

  5. lovely pictures... it this 7 kari kootu similar to thalagam that is usually made for thiruvathirai?

    - Indhu (www.thayirsaadham.com)

  6. All these dishes are very new to me but look interesting will surely try.Happy New year to you.

  7. Indhu,
    Yes,this is similar to the thalagam,we call this 7 kari kootu,thats it :)

  8. lovely pics, just makes you pick them up, you are rocking girl with awesome step by step photos and instructions, keep it up, Wishing you and your family a very happy new year dear

  9. Delicious looking adai's n kali.....Never heard of thiruvathirai...

  10. I heard a lot about this adai but never made it, mouthwatering plater Raks WISH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A VERY HAPPY NEAW YEAR.

  11. Looks fantastic. Wishing you and your family a Happy 2010.

  12. Fabulous pics and recipes dear...Happy new year to uuuu

  13. Happy new year to you family. slurrop adai looks yummy Raks..

  14. lovely pics! happy new year! we make thiruvadirai puzhukku. making kali for thiruvadirasi is new to me.

  15. They do look perfect!
    Happy New Year to you & yours Raks.

  16. Yummy, I had to bookmark this one! Way too tempting :)

  17. mouthwatering....nice click

  18. Adai looks & sounds Great..Nice one!!Wish u & ur family Happy & Prosperous New Year!!

  19. Such a lovely adai!
    Wishing You and Your Family a Happy New Year 2010!

  20. Dear Raks,

    Wishing you and your family a very Happy and Joyous 2010. May all your dreams come true. Both adai and kali look delicious..:)


  21. Its been great to know you in 2009 and wishing you and your family a very happy and prosperous new year !!!

  22. Everything looks so tempting and yummy dear :) Wish You a Very Happy New Year!

  23. Happy new year..I made kali too..my recipe is entirely different..had posted last year..yours look yumm

  24. happy new year raks...yesterday,i did the same recipe sans dal..nice click too..

  25. Wow fantastic adai & kali...Beautiful dishes..

    Wishing you and ur family a happy 2010..

  26. looks so yum! Have a wonderful decade ahead!

  27. wow that adai is soooo appetising to look at! m gonan try this out!

  28. happy new year. Adai looks great.., never heard of this before.

  29. happy new year! never tried this kind of adai. looks delicious and kali is my fav... looks tempting :)

  30. Wish you a very happy New Year! We make Adai for Thiruvadirai too, I make them a little thick and always use the fresh ground rice flour.I could not take pics to post them, got too busy with the poojai & New Year`s Eve party.

  31. Tasty sweet delicacies.My best wishes for 2010,Raks :D

  32. hppy new yr 2010,..traditional post...;-)

  33. Now only from the look of them...my mouth is watering...so only could imagine how tasty that will be....lovely dishes & the photos...Wish you have the very best of the New Year ahead...

  34. lovely I am sure going to try the adai it looks delicious

  35. love the pics of the kali, especially :) happy new year Raks!

  36. Adai & Kali looks great.Your pictures makes me hungry

  37. Lovely pics. I have known abt kali and kootu only for thiruvadirai. This adai is new to me.Thanks for sharing.

  38. I came here from EC's Super Blogger Sunday. The pictures and recipes are excellent Raks. I don't know how I missed your blog all these days. Will be lurking regularly.

    We prepare kali but the adai is new to me. When do we add the coconut etc to the adai? While mixing the rice flour to the jaggery syrup itself?

  39. Madhuram,

    Thank you for your kind words and your compliments!! Its a honor to hear from you :)

    I forgot the ingredients in the procedure,now updated the post,thanks for bringing to my eyes,we add that before adding rice flour.

  40. It is really long since I had this kali..didn't know it was served with Adai...

  41. hi rajeshwari
    happy new yr....hope ur new yr is good..thanks a lot ofr the recipe..i will be making for the first time.......was nervous....its nice to learn ths way.

  42. excellent as usual so good.I dont know how u follow all these festivals regularly so proud of u dear.

  43. hi,
    Happy New Year Raks...... Thanks for all ur recipes dear...

  44. hi,
    Happy New Year Raks.... Thanks for all ur recipes dear....



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