Thiruvadhirai Kali | Aarudra Darisanam recipes

thiruvathirai kali
Thiruvathirai kali 

Arudhra Darsanam also known as Thiruvathirai

Arudra is the name of a star. There are 27 stars that are used by the Hindu calendar. Arudra is one of the stars. Arudra means a Golden Red flame.

Ardra Nakshatram, also known as Arudara or Thiruvathirai in South India, is the sixth Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras.  The astrological prediction of Ardra Nakshatra as per Moon Sign is that of Mithuna Raasi or Gemini Zodiac. Mercury or Budha is the Lord of the birth star.

Arudra Nakshatram, which is also known as Thiruvaathirai Nakshatram, during Maargazhi Masam is considered highly auspicious. On this day Arudra Nakshatra also coincides with Pournami.

On this day Nataraj form of Lord Shiva is worshipped during Arunodaya along with holy chanting from Vedas. Being dedicated to Nataraj form of Lord Shiva this day is also considered as the birthday of Lord Shiva. In rest of the India it is Maha Shivaratri which is considered as the birthday of Lord Shiva.

Arudhra Darshan or Arudara Darshan is observed in the Tamil month of Margazhi (December – January). It is essentially a Shaivite festival and celebrates the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva, which is represented by the Nataraja form.

Thiruvathirai kali

The festival is mainly observed in the Tamil speaking world.

The most important Arudhra Darshan festival takes place at the Chidambaram Shiva Temple in Tamil Nadu. The cosmic dance of Lord Shiva is enacted on the day. Most of the temples around the world with Lord Nataraja as deity perform the Arudhra Darshan.

women will avoid rice and full night they will not sleep. The married women keep fast for husband’s well being and unmarried for a good marriage. Ardra darsan is in early morning and temples are decorated with flowers and diyas.

In Chidambaram abhishekam for the Lord on tiruvadhirai day in Margazhi will be performed in a grand manner and the devotees will be given KALI as prasadham.Obtaining the prasadam , is attainment of bliss through the Lord.

Recipes of Arudra Darisenam

A sweet called Kali is prepared on the day of Arudra Darshanam.A dish called Kootu is also prepared on Arudra Darshanam day.  

Get the recipe text below  for the thiruvathirai kali and kootu 

thiruvathirai kali

thiruvadhirai kali
ingredients for ezhu thaan kootu 

Ezhu thaan kootu vegetables 

Ezhu Thaan kootu ingredients 

Ezhu thaan kootu


 

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Thiruvadhirai Kali | Aarudra Darisanam recipes
Delightful taste of sweet tasting kali made using powdered rice and some moong dal , cooked in jaggery and paired with a a spicy mixed vegetable medley of gravy loaded with lentils and condiments .
thiruvathirai kali
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
nos
Ingredients
thiruvathirai kali
Instructions
  1. First rinse rice and moong dal in water , wash , keep soaked for 15 minutes
  2. after 15 minutes, spread on a clean cloth to air dry
  3. when dried well , you have to dry roast on a very low flame till rice and dal turn reddish or golden brown and become fragrant , take care not to burn ,
  4. this roasting will take few minutes, remove and allow to cool
  5. Powder the roasted rice and dal in mixie till it resembles fine rava / sooji /semolina
  6. Now keep 1 cup jaggery with 4 cups water to melt .
  7. filter this melted jaggery water ,
  8. put back on flame and allow to boil ,no string required , jaggery water must not thicken , just boil
  9. add cardamom powder , ghee roasted cashewnuts , fresh grated coconut ,1-2 tbsp ghee, and add the kali mixture .
  10. switch off flame till you finish mixing to remove lumps.
  11. put back on flame and cover and cook on very low flame till 3 minutes ,
  12. kali will thicken , dont allow it to dry out . Remove when kali appears to thicken , ( watch video .)
  13. serve hot with ezhu thaan kootu or thalagam
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