Kaai Curry is a very popular dessert in the Malabar region of Kerala. This delicious and creamy dessert is usually prepared during the festive seasons, especially in the Muslim households. It tastes delicious and what is more appetizing is the divine aroma. You just can’t resist having another bowl of this sweet treat.
Ripe plantains or Nendra bananas and fresh, home-made coconut milk are the key ingredients used to make this luscious dessert. Split Bengal gram (Chana dal) gives a crunch to this otherwise melt-in-the mouth dish. And rice helps to thicken this payasam. Raw rice or Basmati rice can be used for this.
The Making Process:
Kaai curry is actually a very easy and simple pudding, as you may call it. Except for extracting the milk out of coconut, there is not much work involved. First soak the dal and the rice separately for about an hour. Then cook the split Bengal gram with little salt in water. Once done, drain the water and keep it aside. Next, cut the bananas along the longer side, and then chop them into smaller pieces. Keep this ready. Now grind together the rice, cardamom and sliced onions with water. And grind them to form a smooth batter.
Then pour this batter to a pan and add the thin coconut milk to this. Switch the flame on and cook on medium low flame, stirring continuously. After about 8-10 minutes, the mixture begins to thicken and become creamy. Now add the sugar, salt, cooked chana dal and sliced bananas and mix well. Let the bananas cook for about 10 minutes. Stir continuously. After that, add the thick coconut milk and mix. Let it boil for about 2 minutes. Switch the flame off. Delicious and creamy kaai curry is ready. Serve it warm or cold.
The recipe sounds interesting right? So do try it out. You would definitely like it. You can serve this special dessert either warm or cold. I just love to have it cold. Just like creamy ice creams, but definitely a healthier option. And kaai Curry is gluten free and vegan too. So why delay, make it the next time you crave for something sweet. And relish this delectable and soothing dessert.
So check out how to make this interesting dessert below and try it!!