Tuesday, January 15, 2008


Kalan, a yogurt based thick gravy preparation with vegetable like plantain and yam is a popular traditional dish in kerala. Yam used here is suran or also known as elephant foot yam.


1 - Plantain, cut with skin to 1/2 '' pieces
1 cup - Yam / Suran, cut to 3/4 '' pieces
1/2 tsp - Red chili powder
1/2 tsp - Turmeric powder
salt to taste

Grind to a paste

3/4 cup - Grated coconut
3 to 4 - Green chili
1/2 tsp - Jeera / Cumin seeds
1.5 to 2 cups - Medium sour yogurt / Curds


1 tsp - Mustard seeds
1/2 tsp - Fenugreek seeds / Uluva / Methi
2 sprigs - Curry leaves
2 - Whole dry red chili
Coconut oil


1 ) Cook plantain and yam in enough water along with red chili powder, turmeric powder and salt to taste, till vegetables are well cooked. You can pressure cook the veggie for faster cooking.

2 ) Grind to a smooth paste coconut, green chili and jeera with very little water. Beat yogurt well and set aside.

3 ) Add ground coconut paste to cooked vegetable and mix in with the stock in the vegetable. If there is no stock, add little water. Bring to a boil. Adjust salt to taste. Now add the beaten yogurt and just bring to a boil. Take off the stove immediately, so that the yogurt does not curdle.

4 ) Heat a pan with oil. Pop the mustard, then add fenugreek seeds and fry till brown on low heat. Add red chili and curry leaves. Season the cooked kalan with this and mix in.

Serve with rice.

RCI: Regional cuisine of india, is an event based on different regional cuisines. It's the brainchild of LakshmiK. RCI kerala is hosted by Jyothsna of currybazaar and this traditional dish from kerala is send as an entry for this event.

This will make a good addition to Onam sadhya.


Seena said...

hey, today Kalan here!
with ashgourd..picture looks tempting..

Shella said...

Hey the kalan looks good. It will go so well with some hot steamed rice n pappadams n maanga achaar

Purnima said...

Hi Pravs..lovely Kalan! The colour is pretty yellow! Feel like scooping out some frm yours! :D

Sia said...

very similar to what we call majjige huli and i cant get enough of that:)

vimmi said...

I have bookmarked so many kalan recipes in tha past few days, but then another tempting one is posted. Looks yummy.

Richa said...

coconut based gravies taste so good :) looks tempting.

Kalai said...

Hi Pravs! Looks delicious! Sounds sort of similar to mor kuzhambu from Tamilnadu. Definitely one of my favorites. :)

Pravs said...

Seena :Oh i love kalan with ashgourd. Been ages since i had ashgourd kalan.

Shella : Oh yes! sure will be a great meal.

Purnima : Thanks :) Kalan tasted so good, i over ate :P

Sia : Good to see your comments after so long :)

Vimmi : There is some differences in the preparation, based on veggie used. Do try this recipe.

Richa : True :)

sagari said...

looks soo comforting I am going to try this soon

Jayashree said...

Good choice on your RCI entry.

Pooja said...

Hi Pravs,
this looks delicious.
a perfect entry for RCI.
If you got timetake a peek into my recent post, i wish all our indian blogger to gettogether in celebration of Rday of India, 26th Jan,J ust as it was last year on my blog :) .


remya said...

hy i made kalan yesterday....wat a comfort dish naa....nice pic