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January 4, 2023

Thirvathirai Kootu in Pressure cooker | Thiruvathirai 7 Kari Kootu | 7 Kai Kootu Recipe

Thiruvathirai kootu

7 VEG KOOTU | EZHU KARI KOOTU is a must try recipe for Thiruvathirai and Pongal festivals in my home. This 7 kari kootu should be prepared with the local vegetables i.e Naatu kai kari in Tamil like Pumpkin, yam, broad beans, ash gourd, cluster beans, Field beans/ Mocha kottai, sweet potato, lady’s finger, raw banana etc.

I make this Thiruvathirai kootu directly in a pressure cooker to ease my job. I use two cookers on thiruvathirai day. One is to make this kootu and the other one is to make thiruvathirai kali. When they both get ready, I make sweet adai simultaneously. So my entire thiruvathirai day cooking gets over under 30 minutes.

Friends, do check out this easy Thiruvathirai 7 kari kootu recipe in a pressure cooker and try it. I am sure even a beginner can make it quickly.

Check out Thiruvathirai kali recipe with video in THIS LINK. 

Also check out my Thiruvathirai thalagam recipe. 

Thiruvathirai 7 kari kootu | Thiruvathirai 7 kai kootu

Thiruvathirai 7 kari kootu | Thiruvathirai 7 kai kootu

Thiruvathirai 7 kari kootu | Thiruvathirai 7 kai kootu with 7 varieties of mixed vegetables

Cuisine: Tamil nadu
Category: Side dish
Serves: 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


  • Vegetables (please refer notes) - 2 cups
  • Yellow moong dal - 2 tbsp
  • Tomato – 1 no
  • Salt – to taste
To grind
  • Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
  • Green chilli – 2 (medium size)
  • Jeera/Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Rice flour Or corn flour - 1tsp
To temper
  • Mustard – 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal- 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Coconut oil – 1 tbsp


  1. Wash and chop all the vegetables into cubes. Set aside.
  2. In a pressure cooker base, heat oil and splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves.
  3. Add the chopped vegetables and mix well. Add salt, required water, chopped tomato, moong dal and mix well.
  4. Grind coconut, cumin seeds and green chilli to a smooth paste adding little rice flour.
  5. Add the coconut paste to the vegetables and mix well. Check for the consistency. Add more water if needed.
  6. Cover the lid and pressure cook in high flame for 2 whistles. 
  7. Open the cooker and boil the excess water if needed. Check the consistency and serve with Thiruvathirai kali and adai.


  • Cut all the vegetables and tomato in cubes.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker and splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves. Add the chopped vegetables, tomato and saute for a minute. Add dal, required salt and water. (Vegetables shouldn’t be mashed or overcooked). Thiruvathirai kootu

  • Grind the coconut with green chillI and a tsp of rice flour to make a paste by adding water. Add jeera at the end and run once.
  • Add the ground mixture to the cooked veggies by keeping on the flame. Pressure cook in high flame for 2 whistles. It will be perfectly cooked. Else keep in low flame for just one whistle.
  • Open the cooker after the steam is released. Boil well for few minutes till it thickens OR Adjust the consistency by adding water if required if the kootu is too thick.

    Thiruvathirai kootu


    Delicious, healthy veg. kootu is ready!! Enjoy with kali or plain rice !



For the above recipe, I used 1/2 raw banana, 2 small colocasia, 1/4 piece of yam, 10 broad beans, 1/2 cup of cubed ash gourd and 1/2 sweet potato small sized, handful of mochai kottai.

U can also use other country vegetables like cluster beans, bittergourd, ladies finger, pumpkin etc to replace the above said vegetables.

Last but not the least here is our pooja room picture..

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August 18, 2022

Aval Kesari Recipe | Poha Sheera | Avalakki Kesaribath

Aval Kesari

Aval Kesari / Poha Sheera in Hindi / Avalakki Kesaribath in Kannada, Atukula Kesari in Telugu is an easy sweet recipe that is served as prasadam for festivals like Gokulashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Varalakshmi Viratham, Friday Lakshmi Pooja and Thursday Guru pooja.

Aval Kesari is so easy to prepare under 15 minutes. Its a beginners sweet recipe. All you need is Poha/ Rice flakes, Sugar, Ghee and cardamom powder. Unlike our regular rava kesari, this poha kesari thickens quickly and chances of hardening is very less. So its easy to identify the end consistency. I have shared 2 videos in different languages and step by step pictures. I have added a video of Aval Kesari seimurai in Tami. Please watch it for better understanding. 

 Soon I will try to make an Aval kesari with jaggery. Friends, do try this easy Aval Kesari for this Gokulashtami / Krishna Jayanthi and enjoy.

Aval kesari in Tamil video ꜛ

aval kesari recipe

Aval Kesari / Poha sheera / Avalakki Kesaribath / Atukula Kesari

Aval Kesari / Poha sheera / Avalakki Kesaribath / Atukula Kesari

Aval Kesari / Poha sheera / Avalakki Kesaribath / Atukula Kesari for festival Prasadam/ Neivedaym.

Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Dessert
Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup = 250ml
  • Poha / Thick Aval / Rice flakes - 1/2 cup
  • Sugar - 1/2 cup
  • Water - 1 to 1.5 cups
  • Ghee - 3 tbsp
  • Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Cashew nuts – 5
  • Cloves – 1
  • Orange food color / Kesari color – a pinch
  1. Heat 2 tsp of ghee in a kadai. Add the Aval and roast till crispy.
  2. Take the roasted Aval and break it to check if crispy. Transfer to a mixer.
  3. Grind coarsely and set aside. Boil water in the same kadai adding a pinch of food color.
  4. When the water roll boils, lower the flame completely. Add the roasted poha powder.
  5. Mix without lumps till thick. Cover cook in low flame for 5 minutes.
  6. Then add sugar, cardamom powder and ghee. Mix without lumps in low flame.
  7. Mix till kesari leaves the sides of pan completely. Switch off the flame.
  8. Roast Cashews in 1 tbsp ghee and add to Kesari. Mix well and transfer to a plate. Serve warm and enjoy !
  • Heat 2 tsp of ghee in a kadai. Add the aval and roast till crispy. Let it cool. Grind to a coarse powder. Set aside.
  • Aval kesari
  • Add 1.5 cups of water in a kadai. Add a pinch of Kesari color. Let it roll boil. Lower the flame and add the roasted poha powder. Mix well without lumps.
  • Aval kesari
  • Mix in low flame till the mixture becomes thick. Cover cook in low flame for few minutes.Aval kesari
  • Add sugar, cardamom powder, clove and a tbsp of ghee. Mix in low flame till the sugar melts completely.
  • Aval kesari
  • Keep mixing till kesari becomes thick and leaves the sides of pan. Lastly roast cashews in a tbsp of ghee and add to the Kesari. Serve hot and enjoy.


  • Adjust the quantity of sugar based on your taste.
  • Adding cloves is optional.
  • You can also use lesser ghee than mentioned but taste won’t be rich.

Try this easy, yummy Aval kesari for Gokulashtami and enjoy !

how to make aval kesari

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March 19, 2022

15 Ladoo Varieties - Types of Laddu Recipes

Ladoo recipes

Here is the collection of 15+ different types of ladoo varieties / Laddu recipes in my blog. In this list, you can find the list of 15 ladoo recipes under one page. Most of them are popular, easy to make, must try Top South Indian and North Indian ladoo recipes for Diwali and other festivals.
In this collection, you can find the Indian ladoo recipes starting from easy peanut ladoo, mawa ladoo, paneer laddu, besan ladoo in 2 methods, rava ladoo, South Indian special boondhi ladoo, coconut ladoo, dates and nuts ladoo, poha ladoo, roasted chana dal ladoo, Karnataka special thambittu, murmura ladoo i.e Pori urundai and atta ladoo.
Among these ladoo varieties, my favorite is boondhi ladoo, easy maaladu and atta ladoo. You too choose your favorite, try and share your feedback. I am yet to try North Indian special Motichoor ladoo recipe and some other healthy ladoo recipes like sesame seeds ladoo, sago laddu recipes. I will update this list whenever I share them. Now Lets see the collection of 18 ladoo varieties below. Please click on the images to see the particular laddu recipe.


I have shared two methods of making this yummy Besan ladoo recipe. One is an easy, instant version and the other one is the traditional besan laddu recipe. Check it out.

Besan ladoo recipe


Easy, healthy , yummy Paneer Ladoo recipe that can be prepared under 15 minutes.

Paneer ladoo recipe


Check out this instant coconut ladoo recipe / Nariyal ka laddu recipe without condensed milk. Thengai ladoo recipe in Tamil which can be prepared easily without condensed milk.

Coconut laddu recipe


Check out the traditional method of making South Indian boondhi ladoo recipe.

Boondhi laddu


Super easy and quick rava ladoo recipe that melts in mouth. Check out the recipe below.

Sooji laddu


Dates and nuts ladoo recipe is a healthy ladoo recipe than can be prepared without sugar. It is for people who look for sweet recipes without sugar. Do try it and enjoy !

Dates and nuts laddu


Esy and yummy wheat flour ladoo recipe / atta laddu recipe with sugar and melted ghee. Its an instant laddu recipe which is ideal to prepare for festivals.

Wheat flour laddu


Peanut ladoo recipe / Peanut laddu recipe/ Verkadalai laddu with skin. You can use either powdered jaggery or sugar to make this instantly. Its ideal for kids and adults snacks box which is tummy filling and healthy.


Peanut laddu


Poha ladoo / Aval laddu is usually prepared during Krishna janmashtami / Krishna jayanthi festival. It is one of the easiest neivedyam recipes for festival.

Poha ladoo


Pottukadalai laddu is a super easy and quick ladoo recipe. Its a no cook recipe. Even kids can make it easily. We call it as maladu in Tamil.

Roasteg gram dal ladoo


Healthy and tasty laddo with roasted urad dal. Good for kids and teens.

Urad dal ladoo


Moong dal ladoo also known as Nei vilangai in Tirunelveli is a must try sweet for Diwali in my house. You too give a try.

Moong dal laddu


Mawa ladoo / Khoya laddu made in microwave. Easy, delicious and quick laddu recipe with just 3 ingredients.

Khoya laddu


Healthy, Protein rich green gram ladoo to include in our daily diet. Check it out.

Green gram laddu


Peanut ladoo with skin adding jaggery. Hassle free recipe with just 2 ingredients for your kids snacks box.

Peanut laddu


Karnataka style Thambittu recipe prepared using rice, jaggery and roasted nuts. Healthy and tasty ladoo recipe that is usually prepared during Shivratri and Naga panchami festival.

tambittu recipe


South Indian special pori urundai / murmura ladoo which is offered as prasadam for Karthigai deepam festival in Tamil nadu. Its a low calorie, guilt free snack too.

Pori urundai recipe
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September 9, 2021

Javvarisi Kozhukattai | Sago Kolukattai | Sabudana modak recipe –Kozhukattai Varieties

javvarisi kozhukattai

Javvarisi Kozhukattai / Sago dumpling / Sabudana modak is an easy and interesting Kozhukattai recipe. Actually I bookmarked this recipe and Pillayarpatti mothagam recipes long back but every year during Ganesh Chaturthi, I tried some other kozhukattai variety and shared in my blog. This year, I started my Ganesh Chaturthi recipes with this easy sweet kozhukattai recipe. I never thought it tastes so good. We all loved it.

If you have white big sago / maavu javvarisi in hand, you can make this kozhukattai easily. It comes out so well. I am happy to add this recipe in my kozhukattai varieties list. Friends, do try this yummy javvarisi kozhukattai during this Vinayagar chaturthi and share your feedback with me.

javvarisi kozhukattai

Javvarisi Kozhukattai / Sago Kolukattai recipe

Javvarisi Kozhukattai / Sago Kolukattai recipe

Javvarisi Kozhukattai / Sago Kolukattai recipe - Kozhukattai varieties for Ganesh Chaturthi

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: 10
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup = 250ml
  • Javvarisi / White, big Sago – 1/2 cup
  • Idiyappam flour or Kozhukattai flour – 1.5 to 2 tbsp
  • Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
  • Sugar or Jaggery - 1/4 cup
  • Cardamom - 2
  • Roasted cashewnuts – 5
  • Ghee – 2 tsp
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Water - as needed
  1. Wash and soak javvarisi in enough water for 2 to 3 hours.
  2. Drain the excess soaked water if any. Grind the javvarisi coarsely.
  3. Transfer to a bowl. Add rice flour and salt. Mix well to make non sticky dough.
  4. Cover till use. Kozhukattai dough is ready.
  5. To make the poornam / stuffing, mix grated coconut, sugar, cardamom and roasted cashews along with ghee. Mix well.
  6. Take a golf ball sized kozhukattai dough and press it to make a dent.
  7. Fill a tsp of stuffing and close it. Make balls and arrange in idli plate.
  8. Boil water in idli pot and keep the idli plate. Steam the kozhukattai for 15 minutes till it becomes shiny and cooked well.
  9. Rest for 5 minutes and then remove it. Offer God and enjoy !
  • Wash and soak javvarisi in enough water for 2 to 3 hours. Drain the excess water if any. Grind the javvarisi coarsely.
  • javvarisi kozhukattai
  • Transfer to a bowl. Add idiyappam / store bought flour and 1/4 tsp of salt. Mix well to make non-sticky dough. Cover till use.
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  • To make the stuffing/ pooranam, mix the grated coconut, sugar, cardamom powder and roasted cashew pieces along with ghee. Mix well and set aside.
  • javvarisi kozhukattai
  • To make the kozhukattai, make golf ball sized balls from kozhukattai dough and press in the middle to make a dent. Keep 1 to 2 tsp of stuffing in the center and pull the edges to cover it. Make a smooth ball. Make all the kozhukattai.
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  • Grease an idli plate and arrange the balls. Boil water in idli pot and let it roll boil. Place the idli plate and steam the kozhukattai for 15 minutes in medium flame. Switch off the flame once it turns half white in color, shiny and cooked soft. Rest the kozhukattai for 5 minutes and then remove them from the idli plate.
  • javvarisi kozhukattai
  • Serve God and enjoy. Tastes the best when served hot or warm.


  • Do not use nylon javvarisi/ small sized sago for this kozhukattai.
  • You can use medium or big sized white sago.
  • Adjust the quantity of rice flour based on the need.
  • After steaming kozhukattai turns its color from pure white to half white and shiny. So steam it for minimum 15 minutes.

Try this unique and interesting javvarisi kozhukattai recipe and enjoy !

javvarisi kozhukattai

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September 6, 2021

Green Gram Laddu With Jaggery | Pasi Payaru Urundai

Green gram ladoo

Green gram laddu / Pasi payaru urundai (in Tamil) is a super healthy and easy sweet cum snack recipe. Last week I prepared this for my Guru pooja neivedyam. It can be prepared instantly under 15 minutes. I used Organic powdered jaggery / Naatu sakkarai. You can use sugar too.

Friends, you can pack this healthy green moong  ladoo for yours and kids snacks box. You can also prepare this ladoo as prasadam for festivals like Diwali, Gokulashtami, Navarathri and Ganesh chaturthi as its easy, healthy and quick to prepare. Ok, Lets check out how to make this easy and yummy Green gram laddu with jaggery with step by step pictures.

Green gram laddu

Green gram laddu with jaggery / Pasi payaru urundai recipe

Green gram laddu with jaggery / Pasi payaru urundai recipe

Green gram laddu with jaggery / Pasi payaru urundai recipe for Kids snacks box and festivals.

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: 10
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup = 250ml
  • Green gram - 1/2 cup
  • Powdered jaggery - 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup
  • Cardamom - 2
  • Cashew nuts - few
  • Ghee - 2 tbsp
  1. Heat a kadai and dry roast the green gram in low to medium flame till reddish brown with nice aroma.
  2. Cool down completely. Grind to a fine powder along with cardamom.
  3. Lastly add powdered jaggery to it and grind again to smooth powder.
  4. Collect in a plate. Heat ghee and roast broken cashews. Add to the mixture.
  5. Mix well and shape ladoo. Store in an air tight box. You can use up to 1 week.
  • To make green gram ladoo with jaggery, firstly heat a kadai. Lower the flame and add the green gram. Roast it till it leaves a nice aroma and turns reddish brown color. Roast patiently in low to medium flame else laddu tastes raw.

  • Switch off the flame and remove in a plate. Let it cool down completely.

  • In a mixie jar, take the green gram, cardamom and grind to a fine powder.

  • Lastly add the powdered jaggery to the mixie jar. Powder it nicely. Remove and collect in a plate.

  • Heat ghee in a small kadai and roast the broken cashew pieces till golden in color. Add to the green gram jaggery mixture.

  • Mix evenly with a spoon as the ghee is hot. Once it turns warm, mix well with your hands and shape balls. Make ladoo and store in an air tight box. Enjoy up to 1 week.


  • For variations, you can roast the powdered green gram in melted ghee, cashew mixture and shape ladoo once it cools down. Ladoo looks little moist and shiny.
  • You can use powdered sugar instead of jaggery.
  • Make sure you roast the green gram without raw smell.

Easy, super healthy and instant green gram ladoo is ready to relish !

Pasi payaru urundai

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