Nellikai Arachukalakki

Arachukalakki is a distinctive dish of Palakkad Iyers. This is a best side dish for molagushyam, mulagootal. You can also have this as a main course.  It is an easy recipe consisting of two steps – grinding and mixing. Hence the name arachukalakki(Arachu-grind,kalakki – mix). Coconut and curd are the two main ingredients. You can also make this by adding chambakka(rose apple) or without any of these.


       Grated Coconut – 3 tbsp

Sour curd –  2 ladle

Green Chillies – 1

Gooseberry – 1

Salt to taste

For Seasoning

Urad dhal – 1 tsp

Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp

Curry Leaves – a few

Coconut oil – 1 tsp

  • Grind the grated coconut, green chillies, gooseberry with salt. Transfer it to a vessel.
  • In a kadai, splutter mustard seeds. Once they crack, add urad dhal and curry leaves.
  • After the urad dhal turns brown, turn off the stove and pour this into coconut green chilli mixture.
  • A minute before serving, add the curd.
  • If you add this before, it will become sour.
  • The gravy should neither be too watery nor too thick.
  • You can just mix this with rice and have it with papad or some dry sabzi. Or you can also serve it as a side dish for molagootal.


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