Thiruvathirai Kootu Recipe | Thiruvathirai Thalagam Kuzhambu is a special naivedhyam dish made on the day of Thiruvathirai festival and it is also called as 7 Kari Kootu as it is prepared with 7 vegetables in odd numbers.
Peel the skin of raw banana, sweet potato and arbi. Chop the tomatoes, all the remaining veggies into medium-sized pieces. Then rinse the moong dal well and pressure cook it for 3 to 4 whistles with 1/2 cup of water.
To a mixer, add the grated coconut, jeera, green chilli and grind it to a smooth paste by adding little water. In a pan, roll boil water and add a little salt.
Then add turmeric powder and the chopped veggies. Boil it for 7 to 8 minutes in medium flame, till the veggies turn soft but not mushy.
If there is excess water drain a little and now add the ground coconut paste and cooked moong dal. Cook covered for 3 to 4 minutes in low flame until the raw smell leaves and the kootu thickens. If you want to add rice flour, mix it with little water and pour at this stage. This addition of rice flour gives thickness to the dish, but give a boil and then switch off.
Heat oil in a small pan and temper with all the ingredients listed in the table 'To Temper'. Pour the tempered ingredients over the kootu and mix everything well.Try this Thiruvathirai Kootu Recipe for this coming Arudhra Darshan festival.