Sunday, August 8, 2010

Katti Kalan / Thick yogurt gravy, Thrissur Sadya style (Serves 6)

Katti Kalan

Kalan is an intergral part of Kerala Sadyas. Along with Pazham pradhaman, it has always served as the unit of measurement of how grant a sadya was. Also its unique shelf life at room temperature (the taste often increases with the passage of time) has made it an unavoidable dish in Kerala house holds from early yesteryears.The making of Kalan is very simple and there are regional differences for preparing this yogurt  based gravy. The below recipe corresponds to the Kalan in sadyas around Thrissur.

Yam ¼ cup, cut to chunks 
Plantain 1 small, Skin peeled off and cut to diagonal chunks
Yogurt 4 cups
Turmeric powder ½ tsp
Black pepper powder 1 ½ tsp
Green chilly 2 nos
Cumin seeds ¼ tsp
Grated coconut 1 cup
Fenugreek powder a pinch, roasted
Salt as needed
Curry leaves
Mustard seeds ½ tsp
Dry red chilly 2 nos
Oil 1 TBSP
Ghee 1 tsp

Preparation

Heat a wide mouth pan (preferable an iron skillet/Uruli) at medium heat and add the yam and plantain pieces with a cup of water. Along with this add turmeric powder and pepper powder. Allow the vegetables to cook well and then add salt. When the liquid from vegetables are almost dried up, add 1 tsp. ghee and mix well. Mash the veggies little bit, reduce flame to low-med and add the beaten yogurt to this. Throw in curry leaves and stir well until yogurt starts to boil.

Meanwhile grind together coconut, cumin seeds and green chilly to a fine paste with little water.

When the liquid from yogurt is completely evaporated (4 cups yogurt will get reduced to almost 2 cups), add the coconut paste and mix well. Cook for a few more minutes. Add a pinch of fenugreek powder and switch off the stove.

Heat 1 tsp oil in another pan and splutter mustard seeds and dry red chilly with some curry leaves. Pour the tempering over the yogurt and adjust salt if needed. Katti kalan is ready and serve with rice..

Tips

Make sure not to add salt to vegetables until they are completely cooked
Once cooled, store the kalan in an air tight container and this will stay unspoiled for at least 2 weeks at room temperature

38 comments :

  1. I love all onam Sadyas food as I have a very close malayalie friend.She used to invite us for lunch for onam every year. Yummy and tasty dish.

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  2. looks so delicious. i make a similar dish but without the plantain. i should try your version next.

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  3. First time to your blog and really happy to find you in blogger world... with full of nice and variety recipes....

    When you find time do visit my blog... thanks....

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  4. Looks delicious ..... lovely presentation makes me drool. Ye Dil mange more :-)

    Cheers n Happy Cooking,
    Satrupa

    http://satrupa-foodforthought.blogspot.com

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  5. thats so delicious kalan is any malayalees favorite.. but the recipe differ from place to place.with rice and pickle wow lovely combo

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  6. this authentic kerala dish looks so yummy...using yam is very new to me...my hubby like kerala cuisine as they have unique taste...i will try this..thanks for sharing

    Satya
    http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

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  7. onam is knocking and your recipes is reminding me of the goodies to be prepared for ONAM. see my onam section,

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  8. stunning pic..very authentic

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  9. really delicious dear,iam drooling over the pics,luks gr8!

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  10. Assal aayittunde tto... As u said, I have a different version :)

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  11. lovely colour and looks so beautiful and yum

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  12. recipe luks interesting but i m not a big yogurt fan in curries.....

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  13. never tried katti kalan... ethayalum looks kidilam...

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  14. wow!! This kalan looks so perfect..Lovely yellow color..

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  15. kalan nannyittundallo .color adipoli ayitundu.

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  16. Very nice and interesting dish. Looks delicious and tempting.

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  17. lovely presentation...great flavours...:)

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  18. Ithu kanditte Ammaye orma varunnu...too good n my fav with kuthari...

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  19. Adipoli ayirikkunu..my favorite..onam veran povukaalle..this looks too good..perfect katti kalan

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  20. I still crave for my mom's kaalan,and this makes me more tempting...adipoli...vaayil vellam niranju...:D

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  21. New to me...looks extremely yum to me...

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  22. Sounds interesting..Will try this one !!!

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  23. Super yummy...looks fabulous dear....do send in ur entries for my ongoing event A Visual Treat..

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  24. very unique dish to me..looks delish!

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  25. Wow!! my fav..looks so perfect and yummy!!!

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  26. Thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comments.

    Katti kalan looks tempting and yummy, lovely color.

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  27. One of my fav sadya items...looks fabulous

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  28. onam preparation thudagiyo?
    Kaalan undenkil pinnei choorinu mattonnum venda.

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  29. I love yogurt based sauces, and this looks yum!

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  30. i never really bothered abt these at a sadya but now tht im craving mallu food, kalan seems 2 top my list..sluurrrrrppp

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  31. ohhhh I love kalan.i'm gonna try this recipe for onam sadya.thanks a ton suji.

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  32. Beautiful kalan. nalla pictures...

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  33. wow ....looks delicious
    I love kalan ....

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  34. want to try making this
    http://www.pinterest.com/kumar65/onam-2014/

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  35. That looks so yummy! That's one of my favorite Onam sadya recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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