Tiruvadirai kali | Chidambaram Temple Special Prasadam

Tiruvadirai Kali, also known as Chidambaram Temple Special Prasadam, is a traditional South Indian dish made with rice and lentils. It is a special prasadam (offering to deity) offered to Lord Nataraja in Chidambaram temple, Tamil Nadu, India.

Here is a basic recipe for making Tiruvadirai Kali:


  • 1 cup raw rice
  • 1/2 cup black gram dal (urad dal)
  • 1/4 cup Bengal gram dal (chana dal)
  • 1/4 cup green gram dal (moong dal)
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as needed
  • Ghee for seasoning


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the rice, black gram dal, Bengal gram dal, and green gram dal.
  2. Rinse the mixture well and soak it for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  3. Drain the water and grind the mixture into a fine batter using a wet grinder or a blender.
  4. Add water as needed to get the desired consistency.
  5. Add cumin seeds, black peppercorns, and salt to the batter and mix well.
  6. Heat a large non-stick pan or a pressure cooker over medium heat.
  7. Add ghee and pour the batter into the pan.
  8. Cook the kali, stirring occasionally, until it thickens.
  9. Once the kali is cooked, it should have a smooth and creamy texture.
  10. Serve the Tiruvadirai Kali hot with ghee or chutney as a prasadam or as a main dish.

It’s traditionally made with black rice, but you can use regular rice as well, It’s also important to note that the consistency of the kali should be similar to that of a dosa batter and should be cooked on low flame till it becomes thick and non-sticky.






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