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.




25th June 2013 at 6:03 PM

I’ve never heard of the rose apple… what is that exactly?

26th June 2013 at 2:45 PM

It is a bell shaped fruit with lots of medicinal effects. It has a flavour similar to snow pear. We have this in our backyard and it blossoms in summer.If you are interested to know about this more, please click the following link or search for rose apples in my blog.

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