How to make Kaalan -

A Kerala speciality - Raw bananas cooked with ground coconut and yogurt and tempered .an interesting South Indian recipe, Kaalan is a dish made with banana, yoghurt and coconut.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe has featured on the show Khanakhazana.

Main Ingredients : Raw banana (कच्चा केला), Coconut (नारियल)

Cuisine : Tamil Nadu

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

For more recipes related to Kaalan checkout Vazhakai Podimas, Raw Banana Curry, Raw Banana Sabzi, Kacha Kolar Dalna . You can also find more Main Course Vegetarian recipes like Sai Bhaji Badami Mixed Vegetables Phool Gobhi Sambhari Kesariya Baingan


Kaalan Recipe Card


The highly developed and sensitive palates of the Tamilians are well chronicled in the Sangam classics. They believe that food should ideally cater to all the six tastes - bitter, pungent, sweet, salty, sour and astringent.
Tamil Nadu has a wide variety of delicious food both for the vegetarians as well as the non-vegetarians, though most of it is made of grains, lentils, rice and vegetables. Spices are added to give a distinctive taste. Rice has been the staple diet of the Tamilians, an inculcated habit, due to the large-scale cultivation of the crop in the state.
Chettinad cuisine, a speciality in Tamil Nadu, is famous for its hot and spicy non-vegetarian food.   A part of the Mudaliar community is non-vegetarians and its cuisine is delightfully spicy without being too hot. Wet masalas are generally used, the main ingredients being fresh coconut paste and ground ginger-garlic.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Kaalan Recipe

  • Raw banana 4 medium

  • Coconut scraped 3/4 cup

  • Salt to taste

  • Green chillies slit 2

  • Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon

  • Yogurt 1 cup

  • Oil 4 tablespoons

  • Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Fenugreek seeds (methi dana) 1/2 teaspoon

  • Whole dry red chillies halved 2

  • Curry leaves 10


Step 1

Peel the bananas. Halve them lengthwise and cut into small pieces. Take two cups of water in a pan. Add salt, green chillies, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and raw banana pieces. Bring it to a boil.

Step 2

Reduce heat, cover and cook. Grind together coconut, cumin seeds with a little water to a fine paste. Whisk yogurt. When the bananas are tender, add the ground paste and mix lightly. Add yogurt and mix.

Step 3

Remove from heat and keep it covered. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, red chillies, curry leaves.

Step 4

Once the seeds crackle add the tempering to the bananas and keep it covered till you serve.

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