Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Manga Kaalan

Manga Kaalan

Nostalgic memories .. that’s what is associated with Manga kalan(mango kalan)..first I will give a small lecture about the dish and then go to my nostalgia part .
Manga kaalan is a very traditional recipe from my home state Kerala.Ripe mangoes are cooked in a yoghurt and coconut gravy.It has the sweetness from the ripe mangoes and a litte sour taste from the yoghurt..A sweet and sour curry.
A very special kind of small mangoes called the chandrakkaran /nattumanaga  are used for making this kaalan but I used the normal mangoes which are flooding the markets here.It is called the badami variety here in Dubai.I was trying to find out the English or Malayalam word for that but ended up getting some other interesting info.. will be posted towards the end. ;)
The first reason I wanted to make manga kaalan was of course the availability of yummy ripe mangoes.Moreover ,my clooooossseeee  friend Haritha had made manga kaalan for me with the normal ripe mangoes when I had visited her in Singapore and i had loved it.So wanted to make it cos I miss her a lot here!!
Yesterday I met my other friend Jabeen  and we both were wishing that Hari(yes we call her that ,despite that being her hubby’s name now) was also here in Dubai.Anyways…
Now I made this Kaalan and the first taste in my taste buds and I was taken back to my  dad’s native place.Suddenly all the memories of  holidays spent there came to me. It was a village in Palakkad district called kuruvattoor,near Sreekrishnapuram .We used to have lots and lots of mangoes over there ,all grown in our own land.I still remember at 3:30 in the evening we would all sit at the dining table and my 2 elder cousin brothers would cut ripe mangoes for us.We would eat a lot… a lot .. really..Now we don’t go to that place as our house there is sold and they have shifted to urban areas.I miss that village, the huge houses with no proper compound walls, lots and lots of tress…the hay stacks, cows, chickens  everything.. the only thing I really don’t miss are the snakes we used to spot once in a while!!!Village life.. that’s just a distant memory now.But I feel lucky we could at least experience a little of it .The present generation will not know what it is.. too see a cow they have to go to a dairy farm!!!
All this is making emotional.. so before I go endlessly about the village and memories I am going in to the recipe…

Ingredients I used

One ripe badami mango cut into small pieces
1/2 tspn turmeric
1 tspn red chilli powder
water as required for boiling the mango pices. say 1 cup
Beaen curd-1 cup
For ground paste:
1 cup grated coconut
1 tspn Cumin seeds
2 green chillies( I used only 1)
Water as required-say about 1/4cup
Grind all this to a very smooth and fine paste
For tempering
2tablespoon cocnut oil
2 tspns mustard seeds
1/2 tspn methi seeds
1or 2 sprigs of curry leaves
Dried red chilli- 1 ,cut into 3 small pieces

Manga Kaalan

How I made it

Boil the mango pices in 1 cup water along with chilli powder and turmeric powder.
When the mango pices are well boiled and the water has reducedalmost completly ,add in the ground coconut paste and mix well.
Now add in the beaten curd slowly ,stirring continously.
Let it  simmer for 7-8 minutes.
Heat a pan , add in the coconut oil.Whne the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds and let it splutter.Then add the methi seeds,red chillies and the curry leaves and temper the mango curry with this and take off the stove.
If you feel the cuury is  too thick add some more beaten curd and mix well.

Serve the curry with hot steamed rice.

Notes:I like a thick gravy so I let the wtaer dry up compltely .Sio initially I add only so much water just enough to immerse the mango pices.
Always add the curd after adding cocnout otherwise the cur will curdle.You may increase decrease the quanity of coconut ,as I said I don’t like it very watery so I add a litte extra coconut.

Some info on Mango:

Mango is the national fruit of  India ,Pakistan and Phillipines.It is also the national tree of Bangladesh
The English word "mango" (plural "mangoes" or "mangos")originated from the Tamil word māṅgai or mankay (Tamil: மாங்காய்) or Malayalam māṅṅa(Malayalam: മാങ്ങ; from the Dravidian root word for the same), via Portuguese (also manga).

Wanna read more go here.

Manga Kaalan

i just remembered that i can send this recipe to the following events , hence linking it and repostiong this..

Kerala Kitchen is conducting the event and the host is Julie

Second i am sending this to  'Only mango' event at anu's healthy kitchen.Linking it to Pari's giveaway page too.


  1. looks creamy and delicious.. i like the serving bowl :)

  2. Beautiful pics... the serving bowl looks really attractive... I learnt about Kaalan soon after I got married since it's my husbands favourite. He likes his Kaalan with plantain. I have this ripe mango Kaalan but never knew it's name then and I totally love it. I wonder if I'll be able to recreate it with vegan yoghurt, you have tempted me enough to experiment :)

  3. Never tasted this..looks interesting..
    I love your mango shaped serving dish..very appropriate.

  4. wow....super yummy kaalan.....Well presented too.....

    The Arabic spice mix, I usually take SHAMA brand, You will get it in LULU.....
    Thanx 4 d visit...happy following too....

  5. Manga kaalan adipoli...Loved the way you have written the post...detailed..Thanks for visiting my space and for your lovely comments...:)

  6. Reading your post made me nostalgic too....Delicious Kalan

  7. i recently visited palakkad on my way to coimbatore. so much greenery...your story is so nostalgic. liked the mango shaped bowl that you have used.

  8. Very tempting & delicious one,Thanx for linking Renu to the event:-)
    Erivum Puliyum


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