Roadside kalan or roadside mushroom is very famous street food in Tamilnadu especially Coimbatore. This dish brings a lot of childhood memories. Me and my husband are from Coimbatore so we both enjoyed this roadside kalan during our childhood. The cost of this mushroom was Rs.10 when I was in school and it’s a big deal to get that money to buy this, so we share money with friends to buy a plate.
They call it as mushroom, but this is never been made with just mushroom. They always mix mushroom and cabbage or just cabbage to make this dish because of the mushroom cost. Mushroom is really expensive, and they can’t afford to give a plate of mushroom for Rs.10 so adding cabbage is the trick that they use to prepare this dish.
I have made this dish using mushroom and cabbage to get back good old days. I have made the exact replica of how they do it on the roadside, but you can replace cabbage with mushroom if you don’t want to use cabbage. There are few famous shops in Coimbatore where they delicious kalan. We always wonder how they make this dish so delicious but now I am very happy that I can make this dish for my husband at home.
Check out the video recipe here:
Tips to make perfect Roadside Mushroom:
You can replace wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour, but you won’t achieve the roadside taste.
You make add tomatoes instead of tomato sauce. Take 2 tomatoes and boil them and remove the skin. Grind the tomatoes and add it instead of tomato sauce but roadside shops use tomato sauce.
If you want, you can skin cabbage, but this gives an exact roadside taste.
Adjust chilli powder according to your preference.
Here is the detailed recipe:
Take a bowl, add 1 cup finely chopped mushroom and 1 cup finely chopped cabbage. This is how they do it in the local shop. They won’t add much of mushroom.
Then add 3/4 cup all-purpose flour and 1/4 cup corn flour
Then add 1 tbsp chilli powder, 1 tbsp garam masala and salt to taste.
Now mix everything well. try not to add water while needing the dough. My ingredients were too dry so I have added 1 tbsp water to need the dough.
Now take some oil in a pan, add small balls from the prepared dough. Don’t worry about the shape of the pakodas. Make random shape and fry till they are crispy.
Remove the fried pakodas and keep it aside. Now repeat the same process for rest of the dough. Then take the fried pakodas and cut them into small pieces using hand. We want very small pieces while adding in the gravy.
Now take a pan, add some 4 tbsp oil and add 1 cup chopped onion.
Then add 2 green chillies, 2 sprigs of curry leaves and mix well.
Then add 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste, 1 tbsp chilli powder, 1 tbsp garam masala
Then 1 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp turmeric and salt to taste. Mix everything well to remove the raw smell. If the masala is too dry then add some water while cooking.
Then add 1 tbsp tomato sauce, 1 tsp chilli sauce and 1/2 tsp say sauce and mix well.
Now add fried and cut pakodas in the gravy and mix well.
Now take a small cup of water and add 1 tbsp cornflour and mix the slurry well. Now add the cornflour water in the gravy and slowly mix everything on low flame.
Try to mince the mushroom using spatula after adding cornflour. Cook for a minute then add 2 tbsp coriander leaves and mix well. Switch off the flame. Garnish Mushroom with chopped onions and coriander leaves on the top before serving.