We are going to bid farewell to 2012 and waiting for 2013 to step in. It was really a good year for me, I got my prince in January, my daughter turned 3 in May and she started going to Mothers day-out. She also started to talk, show off all her art work from school, and loves to imitate me in the kitchen, and loves to go out shopping. She also loves playing with her brother (he is 11 month). We have to plan for his big birthday this January. She also has the tendency to be friendly with all the germs at her school and loves to distribute it to everybody at home, and then we all end up going to her pediatrician and our gregarious doctor.
Thiruvathria festival was on 28th of December. Thiruvathira is a Hindu festival celebrated in the southern Indian state of Kerala and Tamil nadu on the full moon day of the month of Dhanu (mid-December to mid-January) or Margazhi. In Tamilnadu it is celebrated at as Ardradarshan and in Kerala it is celebrated as Thiruvathira, both are related to lord Shiva. Usually my mom would wake up early in the morning on that day, and after having a bath she would makes this sweet called Kali and make offering to lord Shiva. Then we would go to temple, according legend on this day, both God Shiva and Parvathi took Ardha-Nareeshawara (half male, half female form) form. If you are able to visit temple on that day, your married life is supposed to be fruitful also your wishes will be granted. My mother-in-law makes Koova Payasam/Arrowroot pudding and ezhukari kootu/7 vegetable curry as an offering on this day. However amma only makes this sweet. I want to end this year with a sweet post.
I was planning to make this for a long time, but never got the chance and my hubby was ready to take care of the kids, and hence this time I was able to make it. Since I didn’t learn it from my mom, I made according to recipe from Ammupattis thoughts blog. did made changes too.I like her; she cooks more like my mom. To make this sweet, I first roasted the rice and then powdered it. Split yellow pea is another ingredient which needs to cooked and then added to roasted rice powder.
This dish is sweetened with jaggery, and flavored with cardamom and ghee.
In the traditional dish there is no add-on like cashew or raisins. But I liked to add to my version.
I made it and it was tasted tested by my prince and princess and both of them skipped their lunch as a result. I was so happy with the result that I called my dad and told him that I made Kali for this Thiruvathira and everybody loved it. Here is the recipe, and hope you would like it too!!
Print recipe from here
3/4 cup Raw Rice
3 tablespoon Split yellow pea /pasiparuppu
1 1/4 cup Jaggery
1/4 cup grated coconut
3 cardamom powder
1/2 tablespoon Ghee
Garnish it optional, I used
10 Cashew nuts
1 teaspoon ghee
How I made
You can skip cashew nuts and raisins if you want traditional way of recipe.
I am linking this sweet to Hearth and Soul Blog Hop hosted here
This is Swathi ( Ambujom Saraswathy) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.