Kaalan / kalan - Onam sadya Special

Recipe for Kerala Sadya special ethakka or nethrapazham Kaalan ( Plantain in yogurt - coconut sauce)
Vazhakka/Green plantain - 1 large or 2 small ( if you want you can add ripe banana too)
Red chilli powder - a large pinch 
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Green chilli - 4-5 
Water - 1/2- 1 cup
Salt to taste
Yogurt plain - 1 cup
To make paste
Grated coconut - 1.5 cup
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
For Seasoning
Mustard seeds
fenu greek seeds - 1/4 tsp ( optional)
Red chilly
shallots thinly sliced
curry leaves

Peel the plantain and cut it into circles
Cook the plantain with Turmeric powder, chilli  powder , green chilli , water and salt till it is cooked and all the water evaporated
Grind Grated coconut and cumin seeds to make a fine paste
When the plantain is cooked add the coconut paste  and mix it well...Let it stand on a medium flame
Do not allow it to get boiled, when it is well heated through add the beaten yogurt  and combine it well. and remove from heat
Heat oil in pan ,add mustard seeds.when it starts to splutter add fenugreek seeds and fry for a minute 
Then add chopped shallots,curry leaves and red chilly .Pour this over the prepared  kaalan .Serve Warm


Anita said...

Kalan is my favorite...Reminds me of having a sadya
Good one

Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah,
You are doing a really wonderful job !!!
your blog is excellent !!!
So many dishes you prepare WOW
Cool !!!

Anonymous said...

Kerala food sucks. I have been there many times kottayam , calicut , cochin , trivandram. Food has no taste at all. I use to hate that goondu red rice...now i realise it is actually healthy. Tough to eat that though unless it cooked well.

Anonymous said...

Strange that the person who thinks Kerala food sucks is visiting a Kerala recipes website with a typical Malayalam name.
Lost in transit I guess :-)

Keep up the good work Vazhyila.com!!
From a Kerala food lover.

Veena said...

Just wanted to add a tip my amma taught me - for the seasoning/tempering, use a bit of ghee along with the oil and kaalan tastes great :)

Misty McGregor said...


Can you please show a picture of the 'plantain' that you use? It would really help if you showed pictures of your ingredients to some of us who are not familiar with indian names. I loved your tuna curry and so did my family. I want to try your beef next. You take amazing pictures.....what camera do you use if you don't mind me asking? Mine is terrible!


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