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A kaalan preparation
A kaalan preparation

Kaalan (Malayalam: കാളൻ [kaːɭan]) is a Keralite dish from South India, made of yoghurt, coconut and a raw fruit nendra kaaya or a tuber like the chena.

It is very thick, which distinguishes it from a similar curry known as pulisseri, and more sour than avial.[1][2] For the same reason, kaalan can last longer when stored. [2] In many preparations, more pepper and/or chillies are added to make the kaalan spicy, in addition to its signature sour taste.

Kaalan is typically served as part of the Sadya.

See also


  1. ^ Kalan preparation
  2. ^ a b "Onam special: Here's what a traditional Onam sadhya consists of". The Indian Express. 13 September 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.