16 August 2011

Kalan / Plantains and Yam Cooked in Yoghurt - Onam Sadhya Vibhavangal 3

Kalan is yet another traditional Kerala dish cooked in thick yogurt. This is also called as Kurukku Kalan as it is made by thickening beaten curds. Kalan is one of the important dishes served for Onam Sadhya.


Elephant yam - 1 cup diced
Raw green plantain - 1 cup diced
Pepper – ½ tsp
Chilly powder – ½ tsp
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Water – 2 cups
Thick curd- 2 cups
Grated coconut – 1 ½ cup
Cumin seeds – ¾ tsp
Chilly – 2
Salt – as required

For seasoning:

Coconut Oil – 1 tablespoon
Ghee – 1 tablespoon
Red Dry Chilly/ Vattal Mulaku – 3
Curry leaves – 2 sprigs
Uluva podi/ fenugreek powder - ½ tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp


Chop the plantains into 1/4 inch pieces.
Dice the yam into square pieces.
Cook yam and plantains with pepper, chilly powder, turmeric powder, water and salt.
In the mean time make a paste of the coconut along with cumin and green chilly. Add water only sparingly.
When the vegetables are cooked mash them a bit. Turn the heat to low.
Add the thick yoghurt. Keep stirring else it will curdle.
The yoghurt should reduce to half.
Add the coconut paste. Keep stirring on low flame. It should become very thick. Remove from heat.
Take a small pan. Heat the coconut oil.
Add mustard seeds. When it splutters add red chilly, fenugreek and curry leaves. Pour over the cooked mixture.
Pour the ghee on top of the dish.

Clicked this snap on Independence Day.

Kalan tastes best with sour curd.
You can stop cooking the curry when the desired consistency is reached. As it cools it will thicken.
Add very little water to grind the coconut.


  1. Very delicious and classic recipe.. looks absolutely perfect.. thanks for sharing dear :)
    Indian Cuisine

  2. One of my Favs , kalan looks fabulous.

  3. The yogurt gravy looks mouthwatering!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  4. nice combination with curd is looking creamy and tempting

  5. Happy Independance day to you too :D And thank you so much for the onam sadya vibhavangal series dear. Its real helpful :D BTW I have moved to blogger from wordpress. :)


  6. The combination of veggies and yogurt always tastes good. Loved your recipe and the color of the gravy looks rich.

  7. Seriously am drooling rite now here, its been a long had kalan,simply inviting & super delicious!

  8. Looks delicious ....fab pics ...the flower snap is so cute

  9. Yummy tangy.....u r making us drool with all sadya items in order everyday!! guess i have to make Ona sadya early this time:-)

  10. Hmmm…interesting! Looks very, very good. I’ve never heard of this dish, but would love to try this..thanks!

  11. advance happy onam!! adipoli kalan!

  12. Rinku, may I pls invite myself to the Onam Sadhya?? Plsss?? Im salivating here, loved the Olan pics too...would love to try these recipes out...but I think I will just make u cook them for me..haha :D hugs!

  13. we too make a traditional recipe with this combo. thanks u reminded me.Beautifully made and nicely presented

  14. Yummy recipe...love this...Hey looks like you are all set for onam...Lovely snaps..

  15. Wonderful looking dish. excellent preparation.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  16. Creamy and delicious..my favorite in sadhya

  17. Thanks to all my lovely friends for such wonderful comments.
    @ Shir..You are most welcome dear.Would love to enjoy the feast with you.

  18. The look of that wonderful curry is making me hungry instantly :)

  19. wow love mushrooms and love the color and flavor in this recipe!

  20. wow, that looks super delicious, and a great color too.


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