Wednesday, February 9, 2011


I am sharing the recipe of Kalan ( Plantains in buttermilk and coconut pulp ), which is a popular curry of Kerala. Kalan is one of the main dish of an Onam Sadya/Feast.

Serves ~ 2 Adults


Chopped Raw Plantain / Vazhakka ~ 1 cup
Green chillies ~ 6 Nos (Split length-wise)
Chilly powder ~ 1 tsp
Turmeric powder ~ 1/4 tsp
Grated coconut ~ 3/4 cup
Cumin seeds ~ 1/4 tsp
Beaten Curd / Beaten Yogurt ~ 1 cup
Fenugreek seeds ~ 2 pinch
Curry leaves ~ 4-5 leaves
Dry red chillies ~ 2-3 Nos


  • First wash the plantains and peel the skin off using a peeler. Then cut into medium sized square pieces.
  • Then cook the plantains by adding 1 cup of water, green chillies, chilly powder, turmeric powder and little salt in a medium flame for about 15-20 minutes. 
  • Meanwhile grind grated coconut and cumin seeds to a fine paste by adding 3-4 tbsp of water.
  • Then add this ground coconut mixture to the cooked plantains and allow it to boil for another 5 minutes. Then lower the flame and add beaten curd / yogurt along with enough salt. And remove from the flame after 2 minutes. 
  • Heat oil in an another pan and add mustard seeds. When it crackles, add dry red chillies, fenugreek seeds and curry leaves and fry for less than a  minute and then pour this to the Kalan.
Enjoy with Rice. 



Indian Cuisine Blogroll said...

kalanokke kootti sadya unda kaalam marannu...

Swathi said...

Adipoli kalan, kandittu kothivarunnu.

Unknown said...

thats a beautiful dish...the flavors of coconut with yogurt is very good!..
yummy dish!


Reshmi Mahesh said...

Ithu kollam...Nice colour

Jaisy James said...

kalan adipoli pic also superbb

Prathima Rao said...

Alwayz look fwd to ur traditional kerala recipes...;) This loks yumm...too!!
Ptrathima Rao
Prats Corner

Priya Suresh said...

Omg, fingerlicking kalan,awesome click..

Santosh Bangar said...

wonderful and simple recipe make veggie tasty

Pushpa said...

Plaintain curry looks very yummy ...

Suji said...

Ente fav fav, nalla pictures too jisha..

Suja Manoj said...

Delicious and tempting curry,looks yum

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