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Kurukku Kaalan

 Kurukku kaalan is a popular dish of Central Kerala. It is a delicious yogurt and coconut based dish and is made by slowly simmering cooked vegetables and yogurt and coconut paste to a thick and creamy consistency.Kurukku literally means liquid that is reduced or thickened.It is essential part of the Kerala Sadhya, and is one of my favorites among the wide range of exquisite vegetarian dishes served during Onam or other festive celebrations. The vegetable I have used here is chembu /Taro.

Chembu- 5- 6 medium ones
Yogurt- 2 1/2 cup
Coconut- 1 cup
Pepper powder- 1 tsp
Chilly powder- 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Cumin- 1/3 tsp
Curry leaves
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds- 1/2 tsp
Dry red chilly-1
shallot thinly sliced-1
oil- 3 tsp
salt to taste

Cut vegetable into small pieces. Mix pepper powder in one cup of water and strain. Discard the husk. Use this water along with salt, turmeric powder and chilly powder and cook the taro till it is soft. 
Mix in thick yogurt (strain out the water using a cheese cloth) and cook a medium flame for about five to six minutes till it thickens.Stir continuously for the first two minutes and allow to simmer.
Grind coconut and cumin into a thick fine paste using very little water. Add this simmer for a minute and switch off the flame.
Heat oil and ghee in  a pan and splutter mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds followed by shallot slices red chilly and curry leaves and fry for a minute. Add this to the curry and mix well. Serve with rice.

 Try this..
Hope you will all enjoy..


  1. What a great looking dish..loved the texture of the gravy!

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  2. very soft,creamy kaala.very apt for rce or roti.

  3. Any time favourite, wish I could have some through screen, looks so much traditional

  4. aaha it looks so lovely- nice colour, have puli inji with me; this wth rice n puli inji must rock

  5. Wow thats a Perfect kaalan recipe...

  6. It looks so creamy and rich. beautiful pictures.

  7. Very creamy Suja, very authentic and I would love to try this

  8. Made me nostalgic.gone back to the days I carry those bottles of kurukku kaalan to various hostels.I can taste the kalan sitting here.Btw,the combo we make is ethakka and chena.And yes,ethakka itself !! This is wonderful.Real 'kurukku' kaalan to say.

  9. Hello Dear,
    This dish looks stunning:)

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  10. Thats so creamy and delicious kaalan,very inviting...

  11. Sucha creamy curry...who will say no it..yumm

  12. Quite a new dish to me ..... looks so creamy n yogurty. Yummmmm


  13. yum creamy and rich

  14. Looks yummy! This sounds like a new dish to me! thanks for sharing!

  15. Kurukku kalan looks absolutely yummmm...

  16. looks yummy..would like to try this once..

  17. luks so pefct...drooling here...

  18. iyyo ..kothiyayittu vayya..enikku orennam drafts il undu ;)

  19. perfect kurukku kaalan... yummmm..

  20. i would love to have it with our red meen curry and rice....mouth watering...

  21. Wonderful looking curry,loved the colour.....

  22. Adipoli! Njangalde aviduthe combo yam and chena annu, pinne shallots edarilla..Chembu edumbol kurachoode creamy aakum elle..Ethu yoghurt annu ethinu vendi use cheythe? Njan eviduthe yoghurt, home-made yoghurt vechu try cheyyumbozhokke ethu shariyavarilla..

  23. Perfect color and looking kurukku kalan, my fav anithu

  24. yummy curry with lovely presentation....mouthwatering...

  25. love the colour ...looks perfect with rice:)

  26. creamy dishes, love to have with rice

  27. Wow Suja...looks delicious!

  28. adipoli aayittundu dear.........

  29. Something similar to kadhi ..looks so yum

  30. Hi,
    first time here…
    That looks so scrumptious!

  31. Delicious looking Kurukku Kalam!! I love the feast laid out on Onam....WIll enjoy this for sure!!

    First time here and i am already a fan!!

  32. It looks so so creamy,nice recipe,sounds so good!

  33. wow, very nice recipe, looks yummy

  34. mouth watering good! I can almost taste the yumminess!

  35. This dish looks yummy ...something new for me.

  36. Thanks all for stopping by and for the sweet comments
    @Maya..thanks dear,you can make home made and if you use hung curd it will be lot more easier:)

  37. I tried this recipe and it came out delicious! Thanks so much!


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