Thiruvathira is a festival celebrated in the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. This festival falls in the Dhanu Month (Dec 15 to Jan15th) on the full moon day and is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Shiva.
Traditionally, in our home, the ladies would wake up very early, have bath and prepare some special offerings called Kali and Kootu. These are then placed on individual plantain leaves, one for one lady with a banana and beetel leaf. These are then offered as neivedyam to Lord Shiva and later on eaten by the ladies. The neivedyam is supposed to be offered before sunrise. And then they go to a nearby Shiva Temple for the Aarudradarshanam. Women folk generally, chew beetal leaf, enjoy themselves on the swings and certain communities perform a special dance known as Thirvathirakali.
Koova Kali or Arrowroot halwa is also one of the offerings prepared especially on this day. I was introduced to this only after marriage and now make it on every Thiruvathira, sometimes even on other days, while craving for something sweet. I enjoy having this more than the Kali or the Kootu. It is really very simple to make and nobody can go wrong with this. So here is the recipe for this:
What you’ll need
1. Arrowroot Powder/Koova Podi – ½ cup
2. Powdered Jaggery – ¾ cup
3. Grated Fresh Coconut – 1 Tbsp (Optional)
4. Cardamom Powder – a pinch
5. Ghee/Clarified Butter – 4 tsp + a little for greasing
6. Cashew Nuts – for Garnish
7. Water – 1 cup + 1/3 cup of dissolving Jaggery
1. Grease a plate and a flat back cup (davara).
2. Dissolve the jaggery in about 1/3 cup of water. Strain for impurities and heat it on medium flame. Add the grated Coconut to the syrup and let it keep boiling on medium flame.
3. In a Kadai, add the arrowroot powder and 1 cup of water, mix it well without forming any lumps.
4. Place the kadai on medium heat and keep stirring, after sometime say about 3 to 4 minutes, mixture will start thickening and will change color from white to transparent.
5. Now add the Jaggery syrup and stir well. You will feel as if lumps have formed, but keep stirring well and smash the lumps with the back of the spatula.
6. Add about 3 tsp of ghee and stir. The mixture will start leaving the sides, and come as a whole mass. Add another spoon of ghee mix and transfer to a greased plate.
7. Level it with the back of a greased cup. Cut into desired shapes once cool. Decorate with cashewnuts.
No particular paakam (Jaggery syrup consistency) is required to be formed.
u really made me drool here...........miss this too much...will tell my mom to send some arrow root powder soon....luv this too much....thanx 4 sharing
very delicious halwa ...nice n healthy
Nice shots Kaveri. Very authentic looking.
Wow, that looks fantastic. Very nice color!
Looks absolutely perfect and delicious.. awesome preparation dear !!
perfect looking halwa. we make kali only. never had this. when is thiruvathira this year??
Halwa looks so delicious and yummy. Perfect sweet.
Looks yummy. Perfect.
very yummy halwa..nice one.. a change for thiruvadhirai..
Super glossy and fabulous looking halwa,well done Kaveri..
Looks delicious and divine,we do make the kali for thiruvathirai but with the dry roasted rice powder,your version with arrow root powder sounds new to me.
yummy delicious and tempting halwa.
My grandmom used to make this and I love this and I was asking my mom its recipe just yesterday and she just gave me a vague recipe as she herself has't made this in a while.Thank you dear for sharing this delicacy.
Have made thiruvathirai kali with coarsely powdered rice..never made with arrowroot..this sounds new and delicious..will try soon..thanks for the recipe.
delicious looking halwa
happy holidays to you and family
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Delicious, my hubby's favorite, last time I made it now I am not feeling well to make any food.
What a lovely halwa. Looks cute and sounds delicious.
Its new to me, looks awesome dear...
Delicious n yummy Halwa,nice presentation.
This looks nice! I have only had arrowroot wafers and I love them:)
I loved this variety halwa. Looks so tempting too !!
Everyone will relish koovakali!The presentation is very attractive and I am grateful to you for brushing up the recipe which my mother used to make in a fantastic way! thank you!
Thank for this recipe.. Koovapodi difficult to get but Iam searching I got on line Arrowroot powder koovapodi ffrom Kerala orignal koova podi
www.natureloc.com/products/koova-podi-arrowroot-powder.. that is good
My mom made it.wife has not heard of this at chennai.
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