Fenugreek Kali

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Vendhaya kali Fenugreek halwa-1Vendhaya kali .. Finger-licking…. Soooo good ! I like love vendhaya kali 🙂 I am addicted to this recipe from my childhood! When a healthy food is tasty too, why don’t you give a try ?!

This calcium & iron rich recipe should be the wisest choice of any woman. Especially during Pregnancy and Lactation, this is a must for ladies as it provides the required nutrients for them. This kali is specially given to girls when they attain puberty to strengthen their hip bones.

I do agree that this demands a developed taste! My hubby runs miles away whenever we make this kali for breakfast. But, I go mad about this kali.. Opposite poles 😉

I couldn’t restrict from gobbling the portion taken in hand(in the last photo of this post) even before checking the outcome in camera preview ! Left hand clicked and right hand immediately fed me the finger-licking kali. No reflex control 😉

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Vendhaya Kali Recipe – Ingredients

Soaking Time : 6-8 hrs | Grinding Time : 30 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins
Serves : 4 | Suits: 1+ Year babies, Pregnant Ladies, Lactating Moms and whole family

Fenugreek Seeds/Vendhayam – 1/8 cup(Mild flavour) or 1/4 cup(Strong flavour)
Black gram/Ulundhu – 1/8 cup
Idli Rice – 1/2 cup
Rock Salt – 1 tbsp

For Serving

Gingelly oil/Nallennai


1. Soak Fenugreek seeds, Idli rice and Urad dal for 6-8 hrs or overnight.How to make Vendhaya kali Fenugreek halwa Step-12.First add fenugreek seeds to grinder and grind smoothly by adding required water. It took 15 minutes for me to reach creamy texture with no solids, as shown belowHow to make Vendhaya kali Fenugreek halwa Step-23.Then to the same batter in grinder, add soaked urad dal and idli rice. Add required water and grind well.How to make Vendhaya kali Fenugreek halwa Step-34.Add water in regular intervals. It should become a smooth batter with no hard texture. It took 15 mins in my grinder.

5.Once done, transfer grinder contents to a thick-bottomed pan. Add grinder washed water too. The mix should neither be too watery nor be too thick, rather it should be pourable. Add some salt and mix well.How to make Vendhaya kali Fenugreek halwa Step-46.Cook for first 5 mins in high flame and the next 15 mins in medium high flame. Keep stirring. The final consistency should not be too thick as kali will thicken over time.How to make Vendhaya kali Fenugreek halwa Step-57.Finely crush/grate jaggery with no lumps. I used my ammi to crush.How to make Vendhaya kali Fenugreek halwa Step-68.Transfer kali to a serving plate. Dig a well in the center and add jaggery to that. Pour required sesame oil over jaggery and mix well.How to make Vendhaya kali Fenugreek halwa Step-7Serve warm! Take a lil portion of kali, dip it in oil-soaked jaggery and enjoy the healthy and tasty kali !

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  • You shall soak idli rice and urad dal together in the same vessel, but fenugreek in a separate bowl.
  • The ground batter should not be thick like idli batter. While grinding, do not worry if you add more water, as kali will anyways thicken while cooking.
  • If you like the flavor of fenugreek, do add the measure specified for strong flavor. If trying for first time, do opt for mild flavor.
  • Some prefer taking jaggery syrup and adding to kali along with sesame oil while cooking so that they eat it as a whole sweet. But, I am used to this taste 😉
  • Try to develop this taste for kids. First time, do not give in oil-soaked jaggery as many kids might not prefer raw oil taste. Start with kali and plain jaggery syrup combination and gradually include sesame oil.

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Nutritional Benefits

Fenugreek seeds – Iron, Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc, Folic acid, Vitamin K
Black gram or Ulundhu – Protein, Calcium, Iron, Fibre, Phosphorous & other Minerals
Jaggery – Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorous, Selenium, Folates, Vitamin B
Gingelly/Sesame Oil – Omega 3&6 Fatty acids, Vitamins E&K & Antioxidants


3 Responses to Fenugreek Kali

  1. Madhana says:

    One of my favorite Shyam. Looks yummy. Thank you for sharing this receipe 🙂

  2. Vidhya Kashyab says:

    Hi mam.. I tried your recipe. It was testing great 🙂 thank you!!
    I am planning to try your Sambhar powder recipe.. Can you give the measurement in standard cup size?

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