Friday, May 13, 2011

Rasakaalan/ Steamed Veggies in Mild Yogurt and Coconut Sauce..

This is a wonderful dish which I learnt from Kaveri of Palakkad Chamayal.Having grown up in a relatively Palakkad Iyer family, I relish all these yummy dishes and thank Kaveri for bring me back those sweet delectable memories!

It is very simple and easy to make and can be prepared in no time if the veggies are ready in hand.
Most of the palakkad chamayal evolves mainly around the ash gourd and the yellow pumpkin and there are many different recipes using these veggies.
The original recipe had a long list of veggies, but i just made with what I had in hand.
Now going on to the recipe:


Ash gourd- 1 lb

Yellow pumpkin- 1 lb

Yam- about 10 chopped pieces

Jaggery- 1 tbsp or a small piece

Turmeric- a pinch

Salt to taste

To roast and grind into a paste:

Fenugreek / methi seeds- 1/2 Tsp

Red chillies- 2 nos.

Grated coconut- 3/4 cup

Sour curds/ Yogurt- 1.5 cup

For Tempering:

Mustard seeds- 1/2 Tsp

Coconut oil- 2 Tsps

Curry leaves- a few


1.Boil the veggies with a pinch of turmeric, salt and jaggery using very little water. Beat the curds and set aside.

2. Roast the ingredients for the paste in a tsp of coconut oil and grind into a smooth paste adding half of the curds.

3.Add the ground paste to the cooked veggies and let boil for two minutes and then add the remaining beaten curds and cook on low heat for few minutes. Do not let the mixture boil after adding the curds.

4.Switch off the heat and place and a sprig of curry leaves on top of it. Heat a tsp of coconut oil and add the mustard seeds and pour it on top of the curry leaves.

5.Ahhhh, the aroma of the coconut oil along with the curry leaves! Better felt than expressed!

Enjoy Rasakaalan with hot steaming rice and any stir fried veggie.


  1. I love anything with coconut...looks YUM!

  2. Looks lovely and yummy. 'Rasamaana' dish!

  3. Absolutely delectable ~ I could eat that whole thing! :)
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  4. This looks so lovely. Delicious. Thanks for your comments and regarding your question on Chia seeds they are similar to flax seeds but much more superior in terms of nutritional value. Very good source of Omega -3 fats. For more information, please check out this link

  5. A different side dish to me, looks very yummy.

  6. Hey Vidya...Thanks for trying it out...I am glad that you liked it..I consider this to be my first award...

  7. Love the yoghurt based sauce .My first visit here you have a nice space do drop by simply. Food some time .