Friday, February 11, 2011


Rasakalan – the lesser known cousin of Moru kootan. This dish is very similar to moru kootan but distinct in its own way. A simple recipe, and tastes wonderful with plain rice and mezhukuperattiThough I have given a long list of veggies, you can make do with whatever is there. Let’s get straight to the recipe

Ingredients:                  ( Serves: 2 - 3)

1.       Pumpkin – 100 gms
2.       Ash Gourd – 100 gms
3.       Raw Banana – 1
4.       Yam – 100 gms
5.       Drumstick – 1
6.       Sour curds – 2 cups
7.       Grated Coconut – 1 cup
8.       Methi Seeds – ½ tsp
9.       Red Chilies – 3 – 4
10.   Turmeric Powder – a pinch
11.   Jaggery – a little
12.   Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp
13.   Coconut Oil – 2 tsps
14.   Curry leaves – a few


Wash and cut all the vegetables into cubes. Cook the vegetables with a pinch of turmeric, salt and a little jaggery. (You can boil the vegetables in water or use the pressure cooker and cook for 1 whistle.)
Heat a small pan, fry the methi seeds and 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 allow to boil for 2 mins. Then add the beaten sour curds. Mix well. Simmer for 2 mins. Do not let the kalan boil after adding the curds. Add a sprig of curry leaves.
Heat a tsp of oil in a pan, add mustard seeds. Once they splutter, add it to the rasakalan.
Delicious Rasakalan is ready to be served with hot white rice.


Priya Suresh said...

Rasakalan sounds truly delicious..

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Hai Priya,
Thank you Priya, try it and do let me know how you liked it.

Anonymous said...

This is new to me but surely sounds delicious and yummy... will try this for sure...

Steve said...

Hi there Kaveri!

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I am now in the process of meeting as many food bloggers as I can and I found your site recently and was pretty impressed. I've added your site to my Foodie Blogs list here: and would also like to add you to my blogroll.

If you could add my site to your blogroll and write back to let me know it has been added (foodie [at] I will add you to mine as well and the exchange would be greatly appreciated!

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The Enchanted Land said...

It sounds delicious. I am not sure what you mean by DRUMSTICK though (one of the ingredients). I have also nver used curds...can I use yoghurt or must I source curds ? Thanks .

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Hai Victoria,

Sour homemade curds would be the best option. But you can make do with yoghurt, but do make sure that they are sour. That is more improtant.

Shilpi Bose said...

I really like the way you are keeping alive age old recipes so when Reshmi of Easy Cook gave me awards and I was supposed to share it with 15 bloggers I thought of you and you are one of my 15. If you like you may collect the awards.

Padhu Sankar said...

Looks very delicious!

Parvathi Priya said...

Hai kaveri,
Thank You for the Blog, really very much Handy, i tried rasakaalan and it came out well, i belong to palakkad, do post the receipe for "MOLAKUTTAL".

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Hi Parvathy Priya,

I am very glad that you tried rasakalan and it came out well..Molagootal recipe is already posted, here is the link:

Anonymous said...

Dear Kaveri,
I am swathi. All the dishes posted by you are excellent. Me being Palghat Brahmin have always loved the dishes you have posted and those dishes have always been made by my Amma. Now when I make this after my marriage my in laws and my husbands have almost become my fan.. the secret is I follow your recipes.

Thanks to u

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Thanks a lot Swathi! Keep Visiting!

Anonymous said...

Hello Kaveri

Excellent Recipe! I truly enjoyed making it and it turned out to be delicious.Thanks to you.

Please keep posting more


shobhana said...

I found thie recipes very authentic because I too am a foodie and cook most of the iyer foods. What I found missing in your site is mezhukkuvaratti made of raw bana na and yam, and it's a favourite of Palakkad iyers. This can be made of other vegetables like brinjal, string beans yam etc.

Unknown said...

Hello I found this recipe very detail and it is very tasty also. Although it is almost same as moorukoottan, this has it's different taste.Thanks for the posting.....

Anonymous said...

Great recipe.. Unfortunately I dint have sour curd when i decided to make this so used tamarind water to boil Vegs and added normal curd. Tastes good for me.. Waiting for hubby to come home for lunch... *fingers crossed* :)

Anonymous said...

Hello. I am a fan of your recipes and its great how you are keeping the distinctive style of Palakkad cooking alive through your recipes. They are so similar to the recipes my amma and paatti prepare. I just wanted to say one thing.The molagutal link is not working. Please ensure that this is fixed so that we can see the recipe.
Thanks and bye

Saraswathy said...

I read the receipe with eagerness because I like Very much Rasakalan in palghat wedding feast.but to my knowledge the ingredients in Rasakalan is similar to mangakootan.we grind the same methi and red chilli with in Rasakalan only vegetables differ.i expected all these days a very different ingredient is there for Rasakalan.Ant way I will try with the same eagerness .

Geeta B said...

Madam.. can we also add udad dal for frying? along with methi seeds, red chilli in 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil

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