Thalagam thiruvathirai kootu is a Medley of 7 veggies cooked in a sesame coconut paste, prepared mainly on a Hindu auspicious day Thiruvathirai.
Thiruvathirai - a Hindu auspicious day, occurs during the month of December (Tamil month - Margazhi). It is a festival celebrated in praise of Lord Shiva. One more Hindu ritual where women undergo fasting for the well being of their husband. On that day, as an offering to God two dishes are prepared; Kali ( a sweet rice) and Kootu - a rare odd combination of having a sweet and savoury together.
Today's post is the kootu recipe. The speciality of the dish is that it is prepared using seven veggies and is also known as "Ezhu (7) Kari Kootu" in some families. Generally, Carrots, Potatoes, Raw Banana, Ash-gourd, Yellow pumpkin, Yam, Broad beans and Colocasia are used in preparing this.
Thalagam | Thiruvathirai Kootu
Medley of 7 veggies cooked in a sesame coconut paste, prepared mainly on a Hindu auspicious day Thiruvathirai.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, Tamil Nadu
- 2.5 to 3 Cups cubed veggies potato, carrot, broad beans, raw banana, pumpkin etc.. (1)
- Salt to taste
- Tamarind gooseberry sized juice extracted with a cup of water
- To Grind
- ½ teaspoon Turmeric Powder
- 2 teaspoon Urad Dal
- ½ teaspoon Sesame seeds
- ¼ Cup Grated Coconut
- 1 teaspoon Raw rice
- 4-5 Red Chillies
- 1 tablespoon Oil
- ½ teaspoon Mustard Seeds
- 2-3 Red Chillies
- Few Curry leaves
- A pinch of asafoetida
- Cook the veggies halfway through with salt and turmeric powder. Pressure cook or directly in the pot.
- Meanwhile heat a pan and dry roast the ingredients mentioned under "to grind". Switch off the flame and finally add the coconut; give it a quick stir so that it becomes slightly warm.
- Cool them and then grind it into fine thick paste by adding little water.
- Heat oil in a kadai. Add the mustard seeds and allow it to splutter. Then add red chillies and curry leaves and asafoetida. Stir them.
- Then add the tamarind extract and the veggies. Bring it to a boil and simmer it until the raw smell of the tamarind leaves. (2)
- Then add the ground paste and mix them well. Bring the mixture to a boil and keep it for a couple of minutes. Turn off the flame and garnish it with coriander leaves.
n general these are the veggies added in this dish. Carrots, Potatoes, Raw Banana, Ash-gourd, Yellow pumpkin, Yam, Broad beans and Colocassia. The veggies should be tender and held in shape. If the veggies are fully cooked then add them at the end while adding the ground paste.
veena krishnakumar says
Love this kootu.Lovely pic!!
Sreevalli E says
Delicious looking kootu. Yum.
Jayanthi Sindhiya says
Yum!! lovely kootu... Beautiful presentation
So nice to read about a new festival Nisha, your kootu looks amazing!
Pavani N says
Such a colorful and flavorful kootu Nisha. Love your presentation.
Priya Suresh says
Pondicherrians makes this thalagam to serve with a sweet pongal for christmas celebration.. Thats a beautiful kootu Nisha.
Wish it could be thiruvadirai now.. love the kali too..
The Pumpkin Farm says
lovely curry and nice presentation as always
Harini-Jaya R says
Wow! The vegetable medley sounds very tempting!
Padma Rekha says
This one is in my to do list made it for many times at home but couldn't get chance to post the recipe looks yummm.
Nice flavorful and healthy kootu.
Varadas Kitchen says
Seven vegetables combo sounds really interesting. Lots of flavor.
Manjula Bharath says
wow such an tempting mixed vegetable kootu 🙂 nice to know about thiruvathirai day !!