Top kerala Dishes

Kerala Kalan Recipe

Kalan is a very traditional Keralite dish prepared using yogurt, coconut and vegetables. It is always a part of Onam Sadhya. Now let us learn how to prepare Kalan using this easy Kalan recipe. 

Ingredients needed 

Plantain -2 (preferably Kerala nendrangai) 
Elephant foot yam (senai)- 250 grams 
Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp 
Chilli Powder -1 tsp 
Turmeric powder – a generous pinch 
Yogurt/Curd -1 1/4 cup 
Salt as required 
Grated Coconut – 1/3 cup 
Cumins seeds/ jeera -1 tsp 
Green chilli -3 
Coconut oil -1 tbsp 
Mustard seeds -1 tsp 
Fenugreek seeds -1/2 tsp 
Red chilli -1 
Curry leaves – few 


Peel the skin and chop plantain and yam into medium size pieces. 
Grind the ingredients given under grinding and keep it aside. 
Whip curd. 


Pressure cook plantain and elephant foot yam (senai) with pepper powder, salt, chilli powder, turmeric powder for 1 whistle using less water. If there is little water, cook till it dries. 

Mash vegetables slightly. Lower the heat and add curd/yogurt. Simmer and cook till it starts thickening. 

Then add the grounded paste, cook for a few seconds and remove from fire. 

Heat a tbsp of coconut oil, add mustard seeds, when mustard splutters, add the other ingredients mentioned under seasoning and pour it over the kalan . 

Serve it with hot rice. 

Note – You can use any oil but coconut oil gives Traditional taste of Kerala. 

How to make kerala kalan


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