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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Kalan Recipe- Kerala Kalan recipe-Onam Special dish

Kalan is a very traditional Keralite dish prepared using yogurt, coconut and vegetables. It is always a part of Onam Sadhya. Today let us learn how to prepare Kalan (Onam Sadhya Special) following this easy Kalan recipe.

Kalan recipe

Kalan-Kerala Sadya Recipe

Kalan Recipe

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Recipe CategorySide dish
 Recipe CuisineKerala

   Ingredients needed

   Plantain -2 (preferably Kerala nendrangai)
   Elephant foot yam (senai)- 250 grams
   Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
   Chilli Powder -1 tsp
   Turmeric powder - a generous pinch
   Yogurt/Curd -1 1/4 cup
   Salt as required

   For Grinding

   Grated Coconut - 1/3 cup
   Cumins seeds/Jeerakam -1 tsp
   Green chilli -3

   For the seasoning

   Coconut oil -1 tbsp
   Mustard seeds -1 tsp
   Fenugreek seeds (Uluva) -1/2 tsp
   Red chilli -1
   Curry leaves - few


Peel the skin and chop plantain and yam into medium size pieces.

Grind the ingredients given under grinding to a smooth paste and keep it aside.

Whisk curd and keep it ready.


Pressure cook plantain and elephant foot yam (senai) with pepper powder, salt, chilli powder, turmeric powder for 1 whistle using less water. If there is water, cook until it evaporates.

Mash the vegetables slightly. Lower the heat and add curd/yogurt. Simmer and cook till it starts thickening.

Then add the ground paste, cook for a few seconds on low flame and remove from heat.

Heat a tbsp of coconut oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add fenugreek seeds, red chilli, curry leaves and pour it over the kalan.

Serve it with hot rice.

Note - You can use any oil but coconut oil gives Traditional taste of Kerala.

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  1. Mmm...Yummy looking Kalan...Have been thinking of posting this recipe for quite sometime now..

  2. This is an yummy dish hv tasted it once.. good one..

  3. Kalan looks so delicious:) another onam special:)

  4. haven't heard of this.. looks good..

  5. wow healthy and yummy recipe,luks so tempting...

  6. Wowwwwwwwwwwwww... mouth watering here.. looks so so so delicious and perfect.. simply inviting dear.

  7. Tempting and yummy and delicious ..:)

  8. Another perfect Kerala dish. Nice snap.

  9. perfect recipe for Kalan


  10. Dear Padhu,
    I am a 66 yr old single person who live on the outskirts of Hyderabad, where my friend Jacob runs a Malyalee shop that provides all the ingredients for Kerala home cooking, to remind me of my youth, and my mom’s food, in Ambalapuzha, which I yearn for and try to recreate. I do it daily just by referring to your food blog. I am most grateful to you, because I have dementia and can’t remember what ingredients to put in which recipe, though I am a good cook like all Malayalee men !!

    Thank you for making my old age worth living for, even if it is just only for the pleasure of eating !!!

    Best Regards,
    Unni Kartha
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  11. Generally in kaalan Cummin seeds are not used while grinding with coconut...only pepper and green chillies are used..to get authentic taste...

  12. Hello,I like your website, I can find on it a lot of tasty Kerala style recipes, I'm french man and I often stay in Kerala, but I don't know what does "kalan or kaalan" exactly means, could you help me? many thank's for your smile, Patrice,


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