Kaalan Recipe

Kaalan is a delightful South Indian dish, and the recipe in traditional Kerala style it is made using the main ingredients, Chena ( Elephant foot Yam), raw banana, yogurt, and coconut. Kaalan is made primarily on Onam festival in Kerala. You can prepare this dish with less effort.


  • Raw Banana) – 1 (medium-sized)
  • Chena ( Elephant foot Yam) (cut in cubes) – ½ cup
  • Curd – 2 cups (well-stirred)
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tbsp
  • Grated coconut – ½ cup
  • Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
  • Green chilies – 4-5 nos
  • Chilli powder – half tbsp
  • Black pepper powder – 1 tbsp
  • Fenugreek seeds powder – ½ tbsp
  • Salt to taste

For Seasoning

  • Curry leaves
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Dry Red Chillies – 3
  • Coconut oil – 1 tsp


  • Heat four cups water in a pan, add the chopped raw bananas, Chena (Yam), chili powder, salt, black pepper powder, fenugreek seeds powder, and turmeric powder.
  • Simmer for two minutes.
  • Grind the grated coconut, green chilies, and cumin seeds into a smooth paste. Add the paste to the pan and mix them well.
  • Gently bring this to boil and decrease flame to low.
  • Add the curd gradually and continuously stir so that it does not curdle.
  • Remove the pan from the flame.
  • Heat the coconut oil for seasoning in another pan. Fry the seasoning ingredients and pour over the dish.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice.

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