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Ulundhu Kali / Uddi Sankatti / Rice Urid Dal Kali

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Today is Thiruvadhirai day. Woke up early and prepared thiruvadhirai kali to offer to Lord Shiva. Thiruvadhirai is a festival that popular among the Hindu community in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the two southern states of the Indian subcontinent. It comes on the full moon day of the Tamil month of Margazhi (around December-January) and also on the day of adhirai star.

Thiruvadhirai = Thiru + Adhirai. Adhirai is Lord Shiva’s birth star and thiru is is added to it to give a sacred feeling. (which gives the meaning of ‘holy’ or ‘sacred’). This day is also called as Aruthraa Dharshanam. On his birthday, Kali (rice and dal mixed paste), Adai (rice pancakes) and Curry with 7 vegetables will be offered to him.

I am sure every home will be preparing their own version of thiruvadhirai kali. We usually prepare Ulundhu kali(Ulunthan kali) on this day.

Apart from this special occasion, we prepare this kali for breakfast at our home. Due to its protein rich health benefits, it is being served to girls after they attain the age(puberty) to strengthen their back bones.

We usually mix both the rice flour and urid dal flour of equal quantity to make this kali. I always have this flour mixture at home to prepare it often. So I have skipped the picture for it, but I have explained it briefly below.

Basic Information:

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 2 persons


For Making Rice and Urid Dal Flour Mixture:

Raw rice / Pacharisi – 2 cups

Urid dal / Ulutham paruppu- 2 cups

For Making Kali:

Rice and Urid dal flour mixture – 3/4 cup

Jaggery – 1/2 cup (See notes)

Water – 3 cups

Gingerly oil / Sesame oil – 2 tablespoons

Whole cardamom / Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon (Optional)

Dry ginger powder / Sukku powder – 1/4 teaspoon (Optional)

Salt – a pinch


For Making Rice and Urid Dal Flour Mixture:

1) Take equal quantity of rice and urid dal. No need to roast it.

2) Make a smooth powder of it using the mixer/food processor.

3) Store it in a air tight container and use it whenever you need to prepare kali.

For Making Kali:

1) Mix Jaggery, cardamom and dry ginger powder with 1 cup of water in a saucepan and heat it. Once the jaggery dissolved, filter it to remove the impurities. Keep it aside.

2) Take a heavy bottom wide pan and mix remaining water and flour together. Make sure not to form any lumps. As I don’t have any heavy bottom pan with me, I used pressure cooker bottom without lid.

3) Keep this in flame and stir continuously using a long spatula.

4) When the flour mixture slightly thickens, add the filtered jaggery to it.

5) Keep stirring continuously till it reaches thick smooth consistency. Whenever the flour mixture sticks to the sides of the pan, pour a teaspoon of oil and stir it.

6) Add the remaining oil before turning the flame off if any.

7) Serve hot.


1) Increase or decrease the sugar as per your taste.

2) I added karupatti vellam* to prepare this recipe.You can add any type of vellam to make this recipe.

*Mandai vellam – Jaggery made from sugarcane, has more sweet

*Karupatti vellam – Jaggery made from palm wine, has less sweet compared to mandai vellam

3) Addition of cardamom and ginger powder are optional.

4) Use gingerly oil or sesame oil for authentic taste.

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Healthy recipe.Nice clicks.


it rare that people post a healthy recipe with good looking pictures, yours is an exception 🙂 makes it more appetizing


So tempting…Mouthwatering clicks!!!


I love it and hv this regulary


I have never tried this kali ever…looks healthy…

Prathima Rao

Never heard or tasted this..a very nice traditional recipe & nicely presented!!
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Hamaree Rasoi

Delicious and lovely preparation.

Priya Suresh

Such an authentic dish,healthy and definitely delicious.

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Shobana Vijay

Very nice and healthy too