Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Ullundhu Kali/Urad Dal Halwa

Ullundhu Kali is an authentic and traditional dish of South India – Tamil Nadu. I am really sure all the girls from Tamil Nadu must be very very familiar with this ullundhu kali. The reason I say it is because this  ullundhu kali is given to girls when they attain puberty and throughout their teen age. Ullundhu kali is a must during this time because it strengthens the pelvic bone of the young girls and helps in strengthening the back. This dish is totally amazing it involves only three ingredients but loaded with proteins (urad dal), Iron & minerals (Jaggery) and vitamin E & Omega 6 (Gingelly oil). Even now the tradition of giving raw eggs and gingelly oil as a first thing in the morning for the first few days for the young girls during their first menstruation cycle continues in many families. They are considered to be very nutritious for the girls as they strengthen the uterus and prepare them for healthy child bearing later on in their adulthood. I still remember those days when I used to cry to eat the raw eggs so my grandma used to give boiled eggs, but I love gingelly oil.

Now coming back to Ullundhu kali, it must be made only with gingelly oil. Gingelly oil/Nalla ennai  is a cold pressed oil  derived from sesame seeds and has numerous health benefits. Cold pressed oils are produced through a combination of grinding and low heat without any addition of chemicals. Ongoing research also indicates that the rich presence of antioxidants and polyunsaturated fats could help to control blood pressure [source:Wikipedia]. Gingelly oil is called as “Nalla ennai” meaning “Good Oil” , so friends try to incorporate it in cooking as much as possible.

Here’s how to make Ullundhu Kali with step by step photos…


Urad dal/Ullundhu
1 cup
Jaggery [Grated]
¾ cup
Gingelly oil
4 -5 tbsp
One pinch
1 ½ cup
Cardamom powder [optional]
¼ tsp


In a kadai dry roast the urad dal until they turn to golden brown color. Cool it and grind it to fine powder or rava consistency in a mixer.

Heat the water to boil, add the jaggery and cook until it melts.

Now strain the jaggery syrup using a strainer to get rid of impurities.

Boil the jaggery syrup and salt in medium flame, slowly add urad dal powder little by little and stir continuously. Make sure no lumps are formed.

Add oil little by little and keep stirring continuously until it reaches the kali consistency as shown in the photo. Finally add the cardamom powder and stir it really well. Switch off the stove and enjoy the ullundhu kali.

You can switch off the stove at this consistency and enjoy the ullundhu kali as such or you can add little more oil and stir it really well until it leaves the sides of the kadai and make cute little balls as shown in the photo.

Delicious ulundhu kali or uludhu ladoo is ready to be enjoyed.

Enjoy this healthy and traditional dish of Tamil Nadu and lead a healthy and happy life.

Hello friends, today’s post is for the Tamizhar Samayal Tuesday (TST) event, initiated by Mrs. Nalini. We group of friends started a new event Tamilzhar Samayal Tuesday which is going to happen in 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month.

TamilNadu cuisine is famous for its flavor and spices, each district has their own signature recipes. We know very well that Tamilians have many delicious foods, for example Kanchipuram idlis, Tirunelveli halwa and many more. Yes, we are proud to be Tamilians and we love to share our knowledge of this famous foods, thus we planned this event. In this event you can cook and show case the food which is very popular and traditional in any region of TamilNadu. Both veg and non-veg are allowed. This event does not have any specific themes or ingredients, cook anything popular in the region of TamilNadu. The main motto of this event is to know the food cultures followed in each region especially in village sides.

Yes friends if you want any traditional recipe of Tamil Nadu you can surely come to my blog.

Sending this to Tamizhar Samayal Page, 

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  1. authentic halwa.. Looks delicious

  2. Never knew halwa can be made with urad dal ! love those laddoos too !

  3. We make it the spicy version.loved your version too.

  4. Authentic delicious halwa.. well explained dear..

  5. healthy and traditional south Indian dish,perfectly made Priya

  6. Looks yummy.. I love traditional indian sweets..
    Keep in touch,

  7. Delicious and inviting halwa...I love the way you explain the recipes with step by step pic..its Lovely Priya!!!!

  8. wow...i have heard about this made especially after pregnancy still not sure whether this is the method...super rich for our back bones(i mean healthy wise)

  9. very traditional and healthy kaali :) looks so yummy dear !!

  10. healthy one,we also use to eat his more during the puberty time

  11. nutritious halwa. Yummy. I have tasted this once before. Explained it well Priya.

  12. Just one word to describe this halwa, its "awesome".

  13. Superb!
    Very Nice !!
    Excellent Pictures !!!
    Thanks for sharing !!!!

  14. Delicious halwa, looks yummy.

  15. I still remember the trouble I had eating the raw eggs and gingelly oil.. my grandmother used to have a hard time making me drink.. and then all the ladies would go and have another bath.. well written post.. made me nostalgic.. healthy and yummy kali!

  16. Such a healthy dish, very nutritious..Very detailed post, love this halwa very much.

  17. looks so delicious and should be more healthy with urad dhal...

  18. Girl, today I really wish I was your neighbor..I love this halwa. Haven't made in a long long time...enjoy it and thanks for sharing.

  19. wt??urad dal halwa..very interesting n looks super awesome..

  20. Very interesting halwa Priya.. Glad to learn this new recipe.. I loved the laddoo's you made out of them :-)

  21. wow.. looks perfect.. nice entry...

  22. this is a very interesting Halwa ! looks so perfect !

  23. What a delicious and healthy Halwa. one of my favourite too.

  24. Ohh so true Priya, I used to hate this healthy kali :D

  25. Thank you all friends for stopping by and commenting....

  26. Tried it today.. it came out very well. It is very simple and easy to prepare. Thanks a lot for posting this recipe. Hope it will help me to get rid of back pain. Thanks again.

    1. Hi Mano Sankari,
      Thank you so much for trying the ullundu kali, I wish and hope it will help with your back pain. Thanks a lot for your comment and your precious time, keep visiting and encouraging for more delicious recipes.

  27. With the same version we can use black urad deal too. The husk gives you more strength

    1. Yes sure you can but will not taste the same, you r right it is really healthy. Thanks a lot for contacting me, please keep visiting Priyas Virundhu for more delectable recipes

  28. very nostalgic ..thanks for sharing this post :)

  29. How to preserve it for long days consumption?


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