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Ulundhu kali

Ulundhu kali is a traditional sweet in South tamilnadu which has high protein and low fat. It's very good for health especially for girls and women as it strengthens the hip bones. It's traditionally eaten with gingerly oil and karrupatti.

This is a special recipe which is given to girls when they attain puberty. When urdu dal and gingerly oil is added together it strengthens your hip bones. Normally, when a girl attains puberty these two ingredients are added to her daily diet nearly for a month to strengthen her hip bones.

Still I can remember those days when I was given ulundhu( urdu dal ) kali and vendhayam (fenugreek) kali on alternative day bases. This made me strong still today I am damn sure. That habit made me intake kali atleast twice a month in my routine. My kids loves the aroma once it's done they are the first munching to finish their bowl empty.

The kali normally fills your tummy which would turn out to be a healthy meal. I used to make these for dinner. I recommend you all to make it a habit to start for your kids as early as possible.

I have made powder of the kali from my hometown which can be stored for nearly upto 6 months. This may simplify the process of making kali the time you want to have. Given both the recipe for storage and kali. Make it a habit for including this your diet atleast once or twice a month.



COOKING TIME : 10-15 mins

TOTAL TIME : 15-20 mins


Kali powder - 1 cup

Karrupatti - 1/2 cup

Gingerly oil - 1/4 cup

Salt - A pinch (optional)

Water - 4 cups+ 1 cup


  1. In a bowl add kali powder, salt and a cup of water and mix well without any lumps.

  2. In another vessel melt the karrupatti by adding water and strain it.

  3. In a heavy bottomed vessel add water and let it come to boiling stage.

  4. Gradually, add the lump free mix by continuously stirring.

  5. Once it bubbles up add the karrupatti water. Allow them to combine well by stiring.

  6. Add gingerly oil little by little and allow them to combine. Once it's combined simmer it for 2-3 minutes and off the stove.

Serve hot by pouring gingerly oil on top.


Your ingredients.

Mix the kali powder, salt and water.

In a vessel dissolve karrupatti with some water.

In heavy bottomed vessel add water and boil it.

Gradually, add the mix by continuously stirring.

Once bubbles come add the karrupatti water.

Once they combine well add gingerly oil and combine them.

The aroma is great when the oil is added. Let them combine and simmer it for 2-3 minutes.

Serve hot with gingerly oil topped.


When adding a pinch of salt to the mix enhances the flavour.

More you add gingerly oil the more will be good for health.

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