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Thiruvaathirai kali, koottu and pulikkuzhambhu

Discussion in 'Cuisines of India' started by singingbird, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. singingbird

    singingbird Bronze IL'ite

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    We celebrate Thiruvaathirai in the month of Maarkazhi. It falls on Thiruvathirai star mostly on poornima (full moon day) This prasadam is offered to siva because Sree parvathi did penance to get Siva as her betterhalf and did fasting and poojas.she did this pooja in a jungle and so we take only bulbs and such vegetables for the prasad. Keralites will not have rice on this day they will make prasad with arrowroot, jaggery and coconut..
    I was born and brought up in Palghat, my in-laws are too from the same place but my paternal grand parents from Malappuram and maternal from Thiruvilwamala. Soon after my wedding we stayed in trichur for 8 to 10 years
    Now you can imagine, my prasad will be a combination of all these places.....
    Raw rice- 1 1/2 cups (If you are mixing yellow gram dal (cheru paruppu or paasi paruppu) then take 1 cup of rice and 1/4 cup of dal
    Ghee-1 or 2 teaspoons
    Cardamom powder-1 teaspons &
    Jaggery- 1 1/2 cups (this will be perfect for mumbai jaggery,village jaggery,(achu vellam) the small cakes which requires melting and filtering might require slightly more.
    Now soak the rice for 2hours then strain it and keep it in a fruit filter for 15 mins and spread it in a thin towel or a newspaper for an hour.Fry it in a pan.let it turn into light brown colour.Then grind it (dry) in a mixer. It should be coarse not very fine like sand.
    Meanwhile in a frying pan fry the dal into golden brown colour and powder it like the rice. Now mix them both and keep aside.
    On the oherside take 1 1/4 cup of water, powder the jaggery and make a syrup.when the jaggery dissolves fully put off the stove and sieve it.
    Take 2 cups of water, boil it in a pan when it boils slow down the fire add the rawa (mixture o dal and rice) slowly like you do for upma.There should not be any lumps.It should be stirred continuously.
    When the rawa absorbs the water fully add the jaggery syrup,add ghee and cardamom powder.you will get a good smell.When it is cooked slow down the fire and remove it from the fire that's it.....
    If you want, you can add cashews or groundnuts......
    This is called as ezhu kai koottu or ombadhu kai koottu
    What we need:-
    Sweet potatoes
    Cheru kizhangu
    Raw banana
    Avarakkai- ALL 1/4 KG
    All are optional you can choose accordingly.Some put elavan and most of them never put cheru kizhangu and koorkai.
    Coarse powder of rice and dal-2 teaspoons(which we've prepared for kali)
    Coriander leaves
    splited green chillies-4 or 5
    Turmeric powder-1/2 teaspon
    Asofoetida powder-1/4 teaspoon
    coconut oil- 3 teaspoons 1 for seasoning and the rest for pouring at the end.
    All the vegetables should be cleaned and the skin should be peeled off. Cut them into cubes.
    It looks good if you cut it uneven.
    Now take enough water put all the vegetables add turmeric and asofoetida powder and keep the pan on fire when the vegetables are half cooked add salt required and the split chillies and the coarse powder. Once it is cooked pour the oil and garnish with coriander leaves. Now remove it from the fire and season it with mustard seeds.
    I will post puli kuzhambu alongwith microwave kali and koottu please wait
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2009

  2. singingbird

    singingbird Bronze IL'ite

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    With the above said vegetables some more vegetables should be added like-
    Ash gourd etc
    For pulikkoottu masala-
    Unseeded tamarind-One small lemon size
    Toor dal-2 table spoons
    Fenugreek seeds-1teaspoon
    Coriander seeds-3 tablespoons
    Black gram dal-1 spoon
    Asafoetida-2 small pieces
    Turmeric powder-1 teaspoon
    Sambhar powder-3 teaspoons
    Red chillies-3 plus two
    Oil-3 teaspoons
    Salt required
    First soak tamarind in warm water and extract the juice from it and keep it aside.
    Now cut vegetables into cubes and cook it in water. Add turmeric powder, 1 small piece of asofoetida,sambhar powder and very little salt.when it is half cooked add the thick tamarind juice.
    Take a pan,put 1 teaspoon oil and fry coriander seeds,blackgram & red chillies-3
    Then fry fenugreek, remove it and keep it aside and fry toordal and 2 chillies and powder these three together.
    If you want you can add a tablespoon of fried rice powder.
    Do not over cook the vegetables, once its cooked add the first masala and after three minutes add the toordal masala,season with 2 teaspoons
    of oil and mustard seeds then add coriander and curry leaves...OVER

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