Friday, August 04, 2006


Kaalan: Bottle gourd (Churakka ) Curry

Kaalan is a Keralite dish made of yogurt and coconut with vegetable like nendraphalazam (plantain), raw banana (paccha Kai) or chena (yam). After seeing the recipe on Mahanadi- Bottle Gourd in Yogurt I was so tempted to have this curry with bottle gourd. Kaalan is thick gravy and it tastes sour, and it is served as part of Ona Sadhya. The end result of this recipe is mouth watering and it goes well rice and pappadam.


  • Grind the mixture: ½ cup coconut, 1tsp cumin seeds and 4 green chilies
  • Heat the pan with oil; add 1 cup of finely chopped bottle gourd, ½ tsp turmeric and cover cook for 5 minutes until the bottle gourd gets cooked. Add little water while cooking.
  • Once the bottle gourd is cooked, add the ground paste and 1 – 1 ½ cup of sour thick buttermilk to this vegetable. Add salt and cook for another four to five minutes. Once it is cooked turn off the heat.
  • In another pan, heat a tsp of coconut oil, mustard seeds, red chilies, ¼ tsp fenugreek seeds, curry leaves and sauté them. Once the mustard starts to splutter add this to the curry and keep it covered to absorb the flavor.

Serve with rice and pappadam


Blogger indianadoc said...

Malayali's cool is one of the most soothing curry indeed... You crave for it especially when u have punished u'r intestines too much with a lot of carnivourous stuff!!

3:04 AM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

Thats is so true shynee:)

9:58 PM   Edit
Blogger Sumitha said...

The picture looks so good Priya!I have never had kaalan with bottle gourd,have to try them.

7:36 AM   Edit
Blogger archana said...

Loos good. Kaaln is a feast on its own !!!!

8:42 AM   Edit
Blogger Shammi said...

This is kinda like the Tamil mor kuzhambu recipe - with vegetables added! I bet you can make this with white pumpkin too! :)

1:31 AM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice tempting picture..Priya.I've heard my MIL talking about bottle gourd kaalan,but haven't tried it yet..have to do it soon..

7:08 AM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Priya,

Pictures and the write up is having a lot of space in between?
Did you notice that?

9:34 AM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

LG, you are right. I use firefox and it looks perfect and in IE it looks different. Thanks for letting me know:) will fix it soon:)

9:06 PM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

Sumitha & Annita, try with bottle gourd is really tasty--- let me know how it turned out for you guys

Archana, very true:)

Shammi, it is similar to moru curry, I have tried with white pumkins too-- it is really tastes good:)

6:43 PM   Edit

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