Thursday, August 23, 2012

Kalan Recipe - Kerala Style Kalan - Kurukku Kalan Recipe

Kalan Recipe
Kalan Recipe is a part of Onam Sadya Menu , a traditional , popular and a must in sadya menu.Kalan is nothing but plaintain and yam cooked and added to a yogurt coconut based sauce which is a thick and creamy curry.As onam is nearing, this time I wanted to try Kalan curry which is one of the dishes in Sadhya menu.

There are two  types of kalan namely rasa kalan prepared using variety of vegetables like pumpkin, elephant yam, ash gourd, raw banana, yellow cucumber etc and kurukku kalan which is prepared with plantain and yam it has a semi solid thick creamy consistency. I love any yogurt based curry so this easily becomes one of my favs now :)
Kalan Recipe

Kalan Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: Kerala | Recipe Reference : YummyOYummy

Raw green plantain - 1/4 cup chopped
Elephant yam - 1/4 cup chopped
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder - 1/2 tsp 
Pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Salt - to taste
Sour yoghurt - 2 cups
Fenugreek powder - 1/4 tsp (Dry roast 1/2 tsp of fenugreek and grind it to a fine powder)

To grind:

Grated coconut - 3/4 cup
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Green chilies - 1

To temper:

Coconut oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Dry red chilli - 1
Curry Leaves - a small sprig


  1. Remove the skin of the veggies and chop it into bite sized pieces, Keep immersed in water and rinse it well.Cook the vegetables in required water with pepper,red chilli and turmeric powder till soft and is slightly mushy. Drain water.
    How to make kalan recipe - Step1
  2. Grind the ingredients listed under 'to grind' to a semi fine paste.Transfer the cooked veggies to a pan and add the coconut paste along with spice powders,fenugreek powder and required salt.
    How to make kalan recipe - Step2
  3. Saute until raw smell leaves.Beat curd and keep aside.Then finally add yogurt.
    How to make kalan recipe - Step3
  4. Keep stirring in between to avoid curdling. When it reaches a semi thick consistency switch off. Heat oil in a pan and temper the items under 'to temper', add it to the curry and give a quick stir.
    How to make kalan recipe - Step4
Serve with rice!

My Notes:

  • The curry gets to thicken faster so switch it off accordingly may be a bit runny so that once it cools down it gets to the right constiency.
  • You can even mash up veggies before adding it to the curry.
  • Take care to keep stirring after curd is added to avoid curd from curdling.
  • You can even pressure cook the vegetables. Yam takes time to cook so while it is half cooked I added raw banana.
 Kurukku Kalan Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Happy Onam to you and your family! The Onam Sadhya Kurukku Kalan looking great!

  2. No doubt coconut oil must have given wonderful aroma while seasoning. I simply love avial because of this reason. Never tasted kurukku kalan. bookmarking it to do.

  3. Guess what,my tomm post is also similar,avial..this looks delicious

  4. Love the onam collection. Looks yum.

  5. That looks yum! no onam sadya is complete without the kalan and theavial! yum!

  6. Onam festive is here!! Have great time! love the recipe clip format! way to go!!

  7. simply love it with rice...looks very tempting,love all your Onam special recipes...

  8. As you said it is very similar to aviyal, my mom makes a similar one with raw banana only. Nicely done and explained. cute clicks

  9. Kaalan is among my favorite dishes in a sadya,was planning to make it this year.Love the presentation!

  10. Never made any gravy or anything other than chips from raw plantain! Nice recipe

  11. Looks yummy. will try sometime..

  12. Kalan is one of my fav dishes in the Sadya...looks delicious!!

  13. Lovely recipe which I have to try. Never had this before but the way you have shown it looks tempting

  14. Happy Onam wishes dear..Nice presentation and delicious curry.

  15. New recipe to me.. I am familiar with avial, but this is new to me.. Sounds interesting and authentic to try.. Bookmarking


  16. A delicious traditional recipe!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  17. mmmmm.... perfect for onam. Love this dish.

  18. One of my favourite dish from Kerala, excellent and prefect dish for Onam.

  19. Onam Greetings to you and your family. Love this dish.

  20. Any dish with yogurt is my favorite. Looks tempting.

  21. Hi ur recipes r grt and have tried them as well..if you could translate the names in hindi or english it'l be great :)

  22. @Poonam: I mention most ingredients in english only...but if you want it in hindi please use google translate :)


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