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Thiruvadharai Kali / Thiruvathirai Kali Recipe

A famous Tamil Nadu recipe made on the auspicious occasion of Tiruvathirai festival.Serve this delicious Thiruvadharai Kali with savory Mixed vegetable Stew to getthe best taste. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Festival Recipes, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, Tamil Nadu
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 519kcal


  • Pressure Cooker
  • Instant Pot


  • 2 cups Rice
  • 2 ½ cups Jaggery
  • 4 tablespoon Sugar
  • ¼ cup Coconut grated
  • 20 Cashew nuts Chopped
  • 2 tablespoon Ghee
  • 1 teaspoon Cardamom powder


  • Fry rice till it is golden brown. Let it cool down completely and then grind it into a powder. It would be easier if this is done the night before, since it takes a while for the rice to cool down.
  • Take around 4 ½ cups of water and add the jaggery and sugar to it. Keep it in medium flame and let the jaggery dissolve and let it come to a boil.
  • At this stage add a tablespoon of ghee and grated coconut to it. Now add the ground rice powder, mix it well and transfer it to a pressure cooker. Let it cook until 4 whistles in the cooker and then turn off the flame.
  • Once the pressure releases, open the cooker, mix it up well and check for doneness. Do not panic if the kali is watery, or if it is still slightly hard. Put it back again in the cooker and let it cook for couple of more whistles.
  • The kali would appear shiny and it would be in a rawa upma consistency when done.
  • Add the remaining ghee in a small frying pan and fry the cashews in it to golden brown. Add a teaspoon of cardamom powder to the ghee and pour it on the kali. Mix well.

Procedure to Make Thiruvathirai Kali in Instant Pot -

  • Making the rice powder is the same as above.
  • Add the water and vellam / Jageery in the instant pot in saute mode.
  • Let the jaggery melt and bring the mixture to boil. Add the ghee and coconut gratings and then added the roasted and ground rice rava. Mix it well.
  • Close the instant pot and turn it off from the saute mode.
  • Set on rice mode and once the cycle is done, let the pressure come down naturally.
  • Open the pot and mix well.
  • Serve the Thiruvatharai kali with Ezhukari kuzhambu.



Calories: 519kcal | Carbohydrates: 108g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 70g | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg