Saturday, May 12, 2012

Kalan- Sadhya Style

Kalan is a versatile vegetarian dish and is truly the pride of Kerala. It is one of the most important dish in the sadhya menu and if you are a sadhya lover,you can never say no to this dish.
It is made with common ingredients-vegetables,yogurt and coconut, but it has a unique taste and flavor and can be kept in room temperature for at least two weeks. It is a delicate cooking technique and the vegetables are slowly simmered and cooked in yogurt and the gravy is thick.
Kalan is a specialty in Central Kerala. It is also popular in South Kerala where it is a thinner gravy and is served over rice. I have already posted a  Kurukku kalan which is a more thicker version with chembu/taro. Traditionally the vegetables used in sadhya is plantains and yam/chena.

Plantain Raw- 1 medium
Yam/chena cut in cubes- 1 cup
Pepper powder- 1 tsp
Chilly powder-1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Ghee-  2tsp
Curry leaves- a few
Salt to taste
Yogurt- 1/2 liter

To make a paste
Coconut- 1  1/2 cup
Cumin- 1/2 tsp
Green chilly- 3
Curry leaves-2-3

For the tempering
Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds- 1/3 tsp
Dry red chilly- 2
Curry leaves  a few
Ghee-1 tsp
Oil- 2 tsp

Cut plantains lengthwise and into small one inch cubes or as thin slanted cuts. Cut yam into small cubes.
Make a fine paste of coconut,cumin,curry leaves and green chilly. Add very little water to make the paste. Keep aside.
Mix pepper powder with little water and strain it with a thin cloth. In a pot add this water along with the vegetables, chilly powder( it is optional, add green chilly instead according to taste), turmeric powder, curry leaves and ghee and cook till it is soft. When it becomes soft add salt. Adding ghee enhances taste and also help from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Mix yogurt and stir continuously till it starts to boil. Reduce the flame and continue to cook the vegetables with yogurt till it is thick and gets well coated on the vegetables.
Note This recipe calls for continuous cooking of the yogurt. It will start separating in the beginning,but it will thicken and all the water will evaporate
At this stage add the ground paste and simmer for one or two minute Add 1/2 tsp of powdered fenugreek powder and mix.
Heat oil and ghee in a pan and add mustard seeds and a few fenugreek seeds. When it splutters add dry red chilly and curry leaves. Pour this over the curry. Cover with a lid till it is ready to e served.

Note: This recipe has a little gravy. It is more like southern Kerala style recipe. You can use the same recipe to make Trissur style Katti kalan. It is served as a side dish just like aviyal and is a dry dish. To make it follow the same recipe but do not add any water to the make the coconut paste and cook down the yogurt till completely dry (will update this post later with a pic of katti kalan)

Try this..
Hope you will all enjoy.


  1. Nice's like avial.

  2. have never cooked this curry .. seems like quite a unique recipe for me.. Thanks for sharing ! :)

  3. hi suja, this dish sure looks very appetizing, wow, with coconut milk and can still store at room temperature for 2 weeks?..amazing, need to try this..bookmarked with thanks.
    have a nice day

    1. Hi Wan, This dish is usually prepared well ahead in sadhya along with pickles.We cook vegetables in yogurt and store in air tight earthen pots. Add the coconut paste and the garnishing and it is ready to be served.Even when you add coconut it will remain in fridge for days together.Try this,Have a great day:)

  4. Kalan looks so delicious and mouthwatering. Wonderfully prepared.

  5. nice curry with raw banana..loved the flavours

  6. Always looking for something new to make with raw banana. Bookmarked this

  7. looks really yummy and appetizing - happy mother's day dear!

  8. Looks deliciously done,yummy yum!
    Happy Mother's day to u too!!!

  9. Kattikalan kandittu kothivarunu. Choru koode kityal or kai noakkam.

  10. Nice rich curry, looks super good and yummy..

  11. kalan looks absolutely yummy Suja :) this is the one which ur son loved rt :)

  12. Irresistible thick kalan,inviting.

  13. nice curry recipe. never tasted yet.

  14. Looks irresistible :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  15. yummy kalan with a nice colour :)

  16. Amazing and looks delicious curry...

  17. Thanks all for stopping by and for the sweet comments:)

  18. curry looks delicious dear....this is something new to me...bookmarked !!

  19. Hello Suja...i love it...after chicken nice veggie delight

  20. Thanks all for stopping by and for the sweet comments:)

  21. One of my fav, makes it more often than for Sadya :-) Nice pics n awesome prep Suja

  22. Suja,
    I have heard many things about Sadhya ..wish can taste it in real..absolutely delicious..hugs

  23. Hey Suja, Kaalan is one of my all time favorite curries too. Totally love it.

  24. It's truly nostalgic dear.I have pretty memories of this kalan which I carry to hostel.If preserved well,it's such a good thing to carry anywhere..Yum!


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