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Thiruvathirai kali

Thiruvathirai Kali - Kerala Style

Thiruvathirai or Arudhra Darisanam  is a Hindu festival celebrated in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Arudhra in Tamil means "sacred big wave", using which this universe was created by Lord Shiva about 132 trillion years ago. In Tamilnadu, we make Kali, a sweet using rice and jaggery. But my mother-in-law, who is a keralite, makes kali differently using wheat flour and maida. Today I am posting the recipe of kali made by her. This tastes awesome.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian, Kerala


  • Wheat Flour - 1 cup
  • Maida or All purpose flour - 1 cup
  • Jaggery - 1 ½ cups
  • Grated coconut - ½ cup
  • Cashewnuts - 10
  • Raisins - 10
  • Water - 4 cups
  • Ghee - 2 tbsp.


  • Fry the cashew nuts and raisins in little ghee and keep aside.
  • Take jaggery and 2 cups of water and mix well and boil till the jaggery melts.
  • Now filter the jaggery and take in a pan.
  • In the meantime, mix both the flours and remaining water without forming lumps.
  • Now heat the jaggery water again and add the flour mixture and grated coconut and mix well at the same time so that there is no lumps.
  • Keep in the medium flame and keep on stirring in between till the kali thickens.
  • Now add the fried cashew nuts and raisins and the ghee and keep on stirring till the kali leaves the pan.
  • Cool the kali and serve.
  • Making this kali takes approximately 1 hour.


• You can omit maida and use wheat flour only.
Keyword Kali, Thiruvathirai kali