Ulunthakali is a rustic, traditional dish prepared in Tamilnadu specially for girls when they attend puberty. Not only for girls, it is good for all kids and women as it has enormous health benefits.
Most of us would have had it when we were small and our parents too. It is our responsibility to pass this dish to our next generation. So I wanted to write this recipe so that most of us can make it at home.
This ulunthakali is completely healthy!! It helps to strengthen uterus for girls. It is very good for bones and to strengthen the hips. In our place, when a girl attends puberty, this kali is given once in morning for 30 days continously and after delivery.
Not only for girls, it is very good for everyone as it improves digestion, protects heart, boosts energy, improves bone health, strengthens nervous system, good for skin and hair etc..,
Black urad dal ( both whole and split one) is the main ingredient of this kali. If you do not have black urad dal, use the white one. Palm jaggery is used to give sweetness as it is very healthy. If you couldn’t get it, use normal jaggery.
Rice flour is used just to give thickness. You can always skip it if you do not prefer to add it. Ulunthakali is made with sesame oil and sesame oil is noted for it’s rich health benefits.
In other words to explain this kali, it is a total health-pack for the whole family to begin the day with!! Make this at home atleast once a week to get the full benefit from it.
Let us check the recipe with detailed step-by-step pictures❤
1 tbsp= 15 ml.
1 cup= 200 ml.
Split black urad dal- 4 tbsp
Rice flour- 1 tbsp
Palm Jaggery- 1/3rd cup
Sesame oil- 50 ml.
Cardamom powder- generous pinch ( optional)
To make palm jaggery syrup, just melt 3 tbsp of palm jaggery in water by heating it. Make it to 1/3rd cup. Sieve it before using.
Use sesame oil for rich traditional taste. You can substitute it with ghee if you would prefer.
Black urad dal- both split and whole is used traditionally as it is more healthy. You can also use white urad dal- both split and whole.
Plam jaggery is more healthy to use. If you want to increase or decrease the sweetness, you can.
Stirring continous without stopping is the key to make good kali. There should be no lumps.