Thursday, 21 April 2016


Today in JTTC - we are publishing recipes with R and I have chosen an authentic - palakkad iyer recipe - Rasakaalan.

This is yet another dish made with curd/yogurt and coconut. I have taken the basic recipe from palakkad chamayal - a blog which has many authentic palakkad iyer recipes. I have heard malayalees talking about kaalan, which is also served in sadhyas. I honestly don't know the difference between kaalan and rasakaalan or if there is a difference. Rasakaalan is ideally had with rice and a nice mezhukkupuratti as side dish. I have seen that this is a good combination with dosas too. This would be ideal for this summer season since curd cools the body.

I have listed many vegetables that I used to make this rasakaalan. But my mom says only chenai (yam) is mandatory. The rest is our choice


Pumpkin (Mathan) – 100 gms
Ash Gourd (Vellari) – 100 gms
Raw Banana (Vaazhakka) – 1
Yam (Chena) – 100 gms
Sour curds (Thair) – 1 cup
Grated Coconut – 1 cup
Methi Seeds (uluva) – ½ tsp
Red Chilies (Unakka mulagu) – 3
Turmeric Powder – a pinch
Jaggery (sarkkara) – 5 gm
Mustard Seeds (kadugu) – ½ tsp
Coconut Oil – 2 tsps
Curry leaves – a few


  • Wash and cut all the vegetables into cubes. Cook the vegetables with a pinch of turmeric, and salt in a wide-bottomed vessel.
  • Heat a small pan, fry the methi seeds and 2 red chilies in about ½ tsp of coconut oil. Grind the fried methi seeds and red chilies with coconut adding little sour curds into a smooth paste.
  • Once the vegetables are cooked, add the ground paste and let the mixture boil for 2 mins. Then add the beaten sour curds. Mix well. Check for salt. Simmer for 2 mins. Do not let the rasakaalan boil after adding the curds.
  • Heat a tsp of oil in a pan, add mustard seeds. Once they splutter add one red chilly and the curry leaves - fry for 30 seconds -  add it to the rasakaalan.

Delicious Rasakaalan is ready to be served with hot white rice.!!! Serve with papads!!


  • Highly sour curd is used to make the rasakaalan.
  • The vegetables can also be pressure cooked.

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  1. Sounds like an interesting way to have all those vegetables..

  2. This is a nice way to get all the veggies in one curry. From the picture I can't really make out what those bowls are made off but love the tiny metal bowls you used in the pictures.

  3. A quick and easy dish and works during time constraints. I am partial towards coconut based dishes and this veggie loaded dish sounds flavorful.

  4. I am collecting all the onam sadya recipes.. amazing share man. I agree kaalan and rasakaalan procedure is same na. For a long time I used to get confused between pachadi and kichadi in the sadya recipe too. Anytime yes for coconut based gravies.

  5. Mixed veggies in a delicious looks fantastic.

  6. I can have this rasakaalan happily with some rice and papads, fingerlicking dish.

  7. That is one absolutely inviting dish with so much veggies. Love it to the core..

  8. Rasakaalan looks inviting and healthy too. Nice way to get all your veggies:)

  9. I love yogurt based dishes and this one looks very inviting.

  10. Your rasakaalan looks so tempting. I loved the recipe :)

  11. love that you choose to include all the other veggies as yam is the one I cannot have as I am allergic - would love to try it with all other veggies you mentioned