Kalan is one of the most traditional food from the state of Kerala. This is a curry prepared with yogurt, vegetables ,coconut and spices. This is mostly prepared during he time of Onam, Sadhya. Usually this dish is prepared with Vegtables like Yam, Plantain (Raw Banana). These veggies are cooked in a curd, coconut mixture and tempered with coconut oil.
Peel the Plantains and Yam, wash and cut them into little big size pieces and keep the pieces aside
Grind the grated Coconut, Cumin seeds and Pepper together in a mixer or grinding stone (Ammikkal) and keep this paste separately.
Change the Plantain and Yam pieces into a pressure cooker/Cooking vessel and add about two cups of water, Turmeric Powder, Red Chilli Powder and Salt and cook this mix for about ten minutes (if it is cooked in pressure cooker).
When the Plantain and Yam pieces are cooked well, open the cover of the pressure cooker carefully and smash the pieces lightly, to mix them properly.
Then add the Coconut, Cumin seeds and Pepper paste into the already cooked Plantain and Yam and stir it well.
Similarly, add the diluted Curd/Buttermilk also into the mix and stir it further
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