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December 22, 2018

Thiruvathirai Kali With Rice Flour – Thiruvathirai Recipes

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Thiruvathirai kali with store bought rice four is a simplified version of the authentic rice kali recipe. Traditionally thiruvathirai kali is prepared by roasting raw rice and moong dal to golden brown, ground to coarse rava like texture and pressure cooked in jaggery syrup. Today I tried thiruvathirai kali recipe with roasted moong dal powder and store bought rice flour (Idiyappam flour). 

As Thiruvadhirai festival is around the corner, this recipe must be useful for people who is looking for a short cut version. I prepared it for Thursday Guru pooja neivedyam. Though its taste is not like the traditional kali, it came out surprisingly good. The smell of roasted moong dal powder is the highlight for this kali. This version helps to reduce the preparation time.  

Friends, do try this easy thiruvathirai kali recipe with rice flour and share your feedback with me.

Check out my traditional thiruvathirai kali, kootu and adai recipes. 

Thiruvathirai kali with rice flour

Thiruvathirai kali with rice flour

Thiruvathirai kali with rice flour. 

Cuisine: Tamil nadu
Category: Thiruvathirai recipes
Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup = 240ml
  • Rice flour / Idiyappam flour - 1 cup
  • Yellow moong dal - 2 tbsp
  • Grated jaggery - 1.25 to 1.5 cups
  • Water - 2 cups
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
  • Ghee - 2 tbsp
  • Cashew nuts - 5
  1. Dry roast moong dal till golden. Powder like rava.
  2. Melt jaggery adding 1 cup of water and strain it.
  3. Take jaggery syrup and water to 2 cups.
  4. Add coconut, cardamom powder. Bring to a boil.
  5. Switch off the flame. Add powdered moong dal and rice flour.
  6. Mix without lumps. Keep in low flame and stir it well. Cover cook.
  7. It will become a thick dough leaving the sides of pan.
  8. Lastly add ghee roasted cashew nuts. Mix well and serve.
  • Take the moong dal and dry roast in a hot kadai. Roast in medium flame till golden brown with a nice aroma. Grind to rava (semolina) like consistency. Set aside.

  • In a pan, take jaggery and add 1 cup of water. Heat and melt the jaggery. Strain the syrup in another bowl and measure the quantity. Add more water and make it to 2 cups in total.

  • In a thick bottomed kadai or pressure cooker base, take the jaggery syrup. Add cardamom powder and grated coconut. Mix well and bring to a boil.

  • Switch off the flame. Add roasted moong dal powder and rice flour. Mix without lumps. Now switch on the flame and keep it low.

  • Mix well to make a thick dough. Keep the flame completely low and cover cook for sometime. The mixture will leave the sides of pan.

  • Roast cashews in ghee and add to the kali. Mix well and serve warm.

  • Enjoy !


  • You can use idiyappam flour or rice flour used for making snacks.
  • Adjust the quantity of jaggery as per your taste. Add 1:1 ratio of rice flour and jaggery for mild sweetness.
  • Addition of moong dal is a must here. It gives the flavor for this kali.
  • Do not skip coconut and cardamom too.

Try this easy thiruvathirai kali with rice flour. Offer God and Enjoy !

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