Today, I was thinking of what to make for lunch, I hate doing the same things again and again, it really bores me. I had fish curry in the fridge, made Padavalanga and Carrot Thoran (Snake Gourd), also Vanpayar Ularthiyathu (red cow peas fry). Fried some dried Bitter gourd and saw the ripe banana and thought of making “Kalan”. Kalan is made of curd, coconut paste, Kerala Banana (Ethapazham, chena/ Yam). It is a major dish in Kerala Sadya, an elaborate vegetarian feast served on Banana leaf. It is a grand vegetarian spread with Parippu curry, papad, kadumanga, avial, sambar, erissery,Inji curry, mezhukkupuratti, thoran, olan, pachadi, pulissery, payasam etc.This recipe is a modified version of the authentic Kalan. I have added some ginger and garlic to make it more tastier. If you are keen on authentic style, please avoid the same.
In our home, combinations are important and I always plan and do dishes that complement each other in a meal. Well, Jibu is not a great admirer of sweet curd dishes; he likes Kumbalanga Moru Curry, Papaya Pulissery etc, but Mambazha Pulissery and Kalan are not in his favourite list. I usually make Kalan during Onam, or only when I get good Kerala Bananas. This time, he relished it as the Bananas were not that ripe. He avoided the banana pieces though!! You should try this combination- the spicy fish curry, the fried Pavakka, the Vanpayar and Padavalanga was like magic together!!!
|Banana||: 2 nos. (Slightly ripe)|
|Green chilly||: 2-3 nos.|
|Small onion||: a few|
|Garlic||: 2 cloves|
|Ginger||: 1 small piece|
|Jeerah Pdr||: 1 pinch|
|Thick Curd||: 2 – 3 cups|
|Coconut grated||: ½ cup|
|Turmeric pdr, pepper pdr, red chilly pdr – little|
|Mustard, red chilly, curry leaves, coconut oil for garnish.|
Cut the banana into small pieces, cook covered in very little water with split green chilly, small onions, curry leaves, turmeric pdr, a pinch of pepper powder, salt in a pot. Grind coconut, garlic, ginger, small onion, green chilly, turmeric pdr, jeerah pdr. Grind nicely and add this to cooked banana and boil for some time. Don’t add water. Once it is cooked, add the whipped thick curd (no water) and switch off the gas. Heat coconut oil, Crackle mustard, curry leaves, red whole chilly and add one pinch chilly powder. Pour this to Kalan and serve.