Gothambu Kaachiyathu/ Ooral Kaachiyathu ~ Malabar Wheat Drink | “Joy from Fasting to Feasting X”



Some posts come with a tinge of sadness. I remember when I was just months into my blogging journey. A message popped up on my FB messenger from Lubna, asking me to do a guest post for her Ramadan series, which she so lovingly calls “Joy from Fasting to Feasting”. Being a newbie, that message from a seasoned blogger gave me goosebumps. I really didn’t knoPinw how to react but finally I got back to my senses, and I said a “yes”. Luck was not in my favor and I was not able to give her a proper post, but she assured me that the post had done really well.


After that, I have been a regular fixture at her space during all the Ramadans. I have excitedly worked on each post, and Alhamdulillah, she has always loved it. So this time, I was really waiting for her email to come. Mentally I had decided what I wanted to make and it had to be this super simple “Gothambu Kaachiyathu/ Ooral Kaachiyathu”. I dug through my props and wasn’t happy with what I had, so I even ended up buying that tray and a set of towels, which had this pretty rose towel that you can see in the pictures. 😀


Then came in the shock – that this would be the last of the series. She decided to give the series a breather on its tenth birthday. The sadness which came with it is indescribable, however everything comes to an end and I am happy that she is giving it a very graceful end. I am glad I have been able to become a part of the fixture for the past four years, and this is my fifth appearance, so that means, half of its lifetime. And I am also glad, I chose a recipe that is amazing in its own way.




Simplicity is the essence of life, I must say, and most of the time it is simplicity that makes life really content too. I discovered this recipe through an FB group, only for it to be forgotten. When Lubna’s email came, the recipe surfaced but I didn’t have any recipe to fall off on. A Google search yielded no results. Finally, I dropped an SOS message on the same group and got the response from a couple of warm-hearted ladies, always so ready to help! I was searching with the name “Ooral”, which was a very colloquial term, which got replaced by a more simple and easy to understand “Gothambu Kaachiyathu”. Do go on to read more of the post on Lubna’s space here and do not forget to let me know how you like the recipe.


Meanwhile, I did get comments on the Mussara Varakiyathu post onto how much similar it is to this recipe, and you can for sure find out what is the difference. 🙂


My previous posts for Lubna:

2013 – Masala Aleesa (needs a serious uplift with new pics!)

2014 – Kadala Pidi

2015 – Jeerakanji

2016 – Podi Pola

There is no prize for guessing what is the link between all the above recipes and this one – all posts are Malabar recipes! 🙂






Gothambu Kaachiyathu/ Ooral Kaachiyathu ~ Malabar Wheat Drink

Course Drinks
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Rafeeda


  • ¼ cup whole Wheat
  • 1 cup grated Coconut
  • 4 cups Milk
  • A fat pinch of Cardamom powder
  • A pinch Salt
  • 4 tbsp. Sugar
  • 1 tbsp. Ghee
  • 3-4 pearl Onions cheriyulli, peeled and sliced
  • 10-15 Cashews
  • 10-15 Raisins


  • Soak the whole wheat in water till soft, around two hours.
  • Drain the wheat and wash well.
  • In a grinder jar, add the wheat, coconut and ¼ cup of water and grind well till you have a smooth paste.
  • Sieve the paste well. Discard the residue and keep aside the “ooral”.
  • In a saucepan, heat milk.
  • Add in the cardamom, sugar and salt and bring it to a boil.
  • Add the “ooral” and give a good stir. Keep stirring and cooking on low flame till the mixture looks glossy. Turn off the heat.
  • In a small pan, heat ghee. Fry the onions till browned. Add the cashews and raisins and briefly fry.
  • Pour this tempering into the kaachiyathu and keep the lid closed for around 10 minutes for the flavors to infuse.
  • Stir well before serving them warm.


The use of coconut is optional. You can grind the whole wheat alone with little water and strain the mixture.
The quantity mentioned gives a thin drink, since my family loves this consistency. To make a thicker drink, reduce the milk by a cup and proceed with the same process.
You can skip the pearl onions and temper with only the fried cashews and raisins. However the onions gives it the actual Malabar flavor.
Instead of using only milk, you can use a mix of milk and coconut milk.


Join the Conversation

  1. The name is so difficult to pronounce????. Checking Lubna’s place to see what this is

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hehe… would be feeling like a tongue twister… 😉 Thanks a lot Huma…

  2. Wow, we used to make similar kind with semolina. Love ur clicks, the picture is worth the money u spent on those props. Love it. However sad that it’s the end of the series. I have contributed 2 times. Last year and this year I couldn’t contribute. Really sad…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Yes it is similar to Tharikanji, but the flavor is really nice… Thank you so much Febina…

  3. I have come to this link several times today! I start to read and then gawk at all the clicks. Totally fresh and so real like I want to pick it right out of the screen. MashaAllah! I have had this but never knew how it was prepared. Now I have a recipe yay! Looks so stunning and i went to lubnas too and beautiful write up.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Awww… I am so glad you loved it all… <3 Thank you so much darling...

  4. This looks delicious .
    My cooking blog is in spanish with google translator in many Languages so I hope you liked.


    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Olga…

  5. OMG….this is so sweet Rafee….thank you so much for the beautiful words and write up….I know how much you felt when I said this will be the last season of the event…..This is through this event, I came across you and I still cherish it. Thank you for being part of Joy From Fasting To Feasting since five years and giving awesome recipes…..Hugs for this shout out on your blog and fb…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I have enjoyed being on your place and have to be vocal with my feelings! Thank you for always including me into your schedule… it was such a pleasure and will definitely miss it in the coming years, InShaAllah…

  6. Awesome photographs Sweetie

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Tum…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

The Big Sweet Tooth © Copyright 2021.
All rights reserved.
Customized & Maintained Host My Blog