Kalan Recipe

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Another popular Onam recipe during Onam festival is the Kalan. This delicious recipe is a combination of delightful ingredients like thick gravy, buttermilk, yams, plantains, coconut, etc. This is usually included in every onam sadya menu. Here’s the simple recipe for this yummy Onam dish. So let’s get cookin!


  • 100 Grams of Yam (Chopped into small pieces)
  • 1 Fresh Banana
  • 3 pieces of Green Chilies and Red Chilies (Chopped into halves)
  • ½ liters of Yogurt or Sour Curd
  • 1 cup of grated coconut
  • 1 tablespoon of mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of Methi seeds
  • 2 teaspoon of turmeric power
  • 1 tablespoon of powdered black pepper
  • Salt
  • Coconut oil
  • Curry Leaves for Garnish

How to Cook Kalan

1. Wash all the vegetables and cut into cubes, with about 2 inches thick.

2. Combine the cumin and coconut and grind into paste. Don’t add water. Set aside.

3. In a frying pan, add some oil and fry the methi seed. Then, powdered the fried seeds and set aside.

4. Dissolve the powdered pepper in half cup of water. Strain it with a clean cloth. Put in a skillet and stir in the vegetables together with salt and turmeric salt. Let it cook.

5. Once the water dried up, add 1 teaspoon of ghee.

6. Add the yogurt into the vegetables and mix well.

7. Stir in fenugreek powder and coconut paste and let it simmer. Wait until the mixture becomes thick. Once cooked, remove it from the flame.

8. In a pan, heat oil. Fry the mustard seeds into it and wait til it splutter. Add the chilies and curry leaves. Use this to garnish the gravy.

9. Serve with rice.