Thiruvadirai Nostalgia…

I guess I can take the liberty to say that no one can beat the Tam-Brams when it comes to festivities and with each festival comes varities of food ! And don’t some of us ie the foodies associate festivals with the colorful food that is prepared. This weekend I was in awe of all the tasty delicacies that our attai pattis took time off to experiment and associate with each festival. So much so every month you end up eating some unique delicacy..

No wonder Samaithu Paar is a book that has 3 volumes !!


I told my mom that I was coming to her place on Saturday.She said why not sunday because sunday happens to be Thiruvadirai and I used to love the kali she made for that occasion as a child.It has been very many years ( may be 17 or more??) since I tasted the kali. Not that I complain about love/intercaste marriages, but am sure anyone that has had a intercaste marriage would admit that the girls (mostly) miss out of all the goodies that they were used to eating. To my agony, the husband detests anything sweet, so dishes like the Kali are long forgotten and when reminded send a strong wave of nostalgia .

Unlike diwali or Pongal that are a little loud festivals, thiruvadirai is one of those lesser known festivals celebrated by the Tam Brahm community mostly known for the Kali and the kootu prepared .It is a little strange that the kootu which is a mix of 7 vegetables is served along with a sweet dish ie the Kali. I guess this is the only occasion where a salty gravy dish is placed along side a sweet rice preparation

On few weekends these days, I have been placing sweet potatoes on the gas top and while it is fully roasted, me and the son would peal it.He would sit on top of the dining table and we would relish the cooked potatoes together. Only while digging into the kootu yesterday , I realized that the appropriate place for the sweet potato is in the kali . It is one of the main veggies added into the kootu.

It is amazing how over the generations we have liberally exploited the seasonal veggies to churn out delicacies.

If you came here looking for the recipe, I must admit I am not good at all that, you can view the recipe here

signing off… still drooling….


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