Thiruvadhirai Sweet Kali
Before I go for receipe, let me give some history behind this celebration. I copied from Wikiepedia as my non Hindu friends want to know the meaning of this celebration.
Thiruvathira is a Hindu festival celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Dhanur or Marghazhi (December- January). On this auspicious day, it is believed that Lord Shiva celebrate his birthday. In some part, it is believed that Goddess Parvathi met Lord Shiva after her very long separation.
In all Hindu houses, on this day we used to celebrate by preparing sweet kali and 7 kaari kootu.
Lets move on receipes.
Raw rice - 3/4 cup
Moong dhal - 2 tbsp
Cardamom - 3 nos
Coconut- 1/2 cup
Jaggery (powdered) - 1 cup
Cashew - 3 nos
Ghee - 2 tbsp
Heat a pan. Dry roast rice and Moong dhal separately till we get slight brown colour. Cool the contents and grind both together it to a coarse powder. Put all these in a cooker and wait for 2 whistles. Make sure that you dint over cook the rice.
Add Jaggery (Vellam) in a pan with 1 1/4 cup of water. Once the jaggery dissolves, filter it in a metal sleeve to remove sand particles. Again boil the jaggery water with 1/2 cup of coconut, cardamom and keep stirring it until it comes to semi thick consistency.(Dont let jaggery to be too thick, as it will wont stick to the cooked rice).
Now slowly add the cooked rice dhal to the jaggery. Stir the contents for 3- 4 minutes in a low flame. Fry cashews in the ghee and serve hot with Kootu. Bliss !!