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Kerala Style Kalan Recipe |Onam Sadhya Special Dish - The Fab Flip

Updated: Sep 21, 2020

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Hey Guys,

Hope you all are safe and are doing good! 2020 has been really tough for every human throughout the world. However, situations are becoming normal and the complete lockdown stage has been removed from the country.

Though in a very small way, people are trying to stay happy by celebrating the festivals at their home. Ganesh Chaturthi has started and also Onam is just a week away. As a Keralite, Onam, and Vishu are very special for me, especially the so-called Onam Sadhya. The list of items or dishes you can include in this platter is never-ending.

Though I love all the dishes, few of them are my top favorites. So, today we will be preparing one such recipe which tops my list. It’s called Kalan.

Kalan is a very popular traditional Keralite dish made of yogurt, coconut, and vegetable tuber-like yam and raw plantain. It is the ultimate comfort food and goes best with some rice and any spicy vegetable stir fry on the side. Usually Kalan recipe Kerala style is prepared with Chena /ElephantYam and Pachakkaya /Raw Plantain. You can use both ingredients together or anyone depending on your preference. Here I will be using both of them together.

So without any further ado let’s get started.

Kerala Style Kalan Recipe | Onam Sadya Special

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time : 20 minutes | Total Time : 30 minutes

Ingredients ( 1 cup =240 ml)

For Preparing Kalan -

  • 250 gm Elephant Yam ( cleaned)

  • 1 piece Raw banana/ plantain

  • ½ piece grated coconut

  • 2-3 green chilies

  • ½ tsp turmeric powder

  • ¼ tsp red chili powder

  • ½ tsp black pepper powder

  • 1 tsp cumin powder

  • 1 cup thick curd

  • 2-3 dry red chili

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

  • 1 tsp mustard seeds

  • Some Curry Leafs

  • Salt as per taste

How To Prepare Kerala Style Kalan Recipe

Preparation of Kalan Dish -

  1. Peel the skin of raw banana and cut it into medium-sized cubes. Similarly cut the cleaned elephant yam.

  2. Now take an earthen pot ( you can also use a stainless steel Kadai) and add all the diced veggies to it.

  3. Next, add ½ tsp turmeric and pepper powder. Also, add ¼ tsp red chili powder and ½ tsp salt.

  4. Then add 1 cup water, mix all the ingredients together, and switch on the flame.

  5. Close the lid and let it cook for 15 mins on medium flame. Stir occasionally.

  6. While it cooks, take a blender and add grated coconut, green chilies, and 1 tsp cumin powder. You can also add cumin seeds instead of cumin powder.

  7. Blend it first without adding water. Once partially grated, add ¼ cup of water and blend until it forms a very smooth paste.

  8. After 15 minutes, open the lid of the pot and give a good stir. Check if the pieces are cooked well.

  9. Next, add the blended mixture well and again close the lid for 1-2 mins so that the mixture is cooked.

  10. After 2 mins, give a good mix and then add the curd and mix well. Let it boil for a min and then switch off the flame.

  11. Now for preparing tadka, take a Kadai and add 1 tbsp coconut oil.

  12. Once the oil is hot add 1 tsp mustard seeds and let it pop. Then add some curry leaves, 2-3 dry red chilies, and a pinch of turmeric.

  13. Give a quick mix and add the tadka to the dish prepared in the earthen pot.

  14. Immediately close the lid and let it sit for 5 minutes without mixing the tadka.

  15. Finally, after 5 mins, give a good mix and the Kalan is ready to be served hot with rice and other dishes.

Download The Kerala Style Kalan Recipe PDF

Hope Do try out this recipe for this Onam. You are definitely gonna love this simple yet flavourful dish.

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