A most common accompaniment to the rice and dal delicacy of Thiruvathirai Kali is this delicious delicacy of Thalagam or Thiruvathirai Kootu. As we all know Thiruvathirai festival falls on the Tamil month of Margazhi and is one of the important festival for Lord Shiva. This dish is loaded with as many as 7-9 vegetables and cooked carefully along with spices, coconut and seasonings. This goes very well with the Kali and tastes awesome when had in the banana leaves piping hot.
I still remember while growing up in Delhi where the temperature would drop as low as 3 degrees at this time of the year Amma would be up in the kitchen and making this early in the morning, even when we would be still in bed. After making the Kali and Kootu it would be laid before the GOD in the pooja room on a banana leaf. We would take bath in that cold weather early in the morning and be ready just to taste this tasty offering. Thinking of good old days is always a pleasure and brings back so many memories attached to food.I have tried to include as many vegetables as possible, but you can leave aside two or three if you want to.