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Roadside kalan/Kalan chilli

A very popular Coimbatore street food made with mushrooms and spices.
Course Snack, Street food
Cuisine South Indian, Tamil
Keyword mushroom chilli, Rottu kadai kalan masala
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Hema Magesh


For frying

  • 1 cup mushrooms (finely chopped) 150g
  • 1 cup cabbage(finely chopped)100g
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp chilly powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • a pinch of turmeric powder
  • a few curry leaves(chopped)
  • ¼ cup All purpose flour/Maida
  • 1 tbsp rice powder
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • salt as needed
  • oil as needed

For the masala

  • 1 big onion
  • 1 green chilly
  • 1 piece ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium-sized tomato
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Apple cider vinegar/any vinegar
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp chilly powder
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp chaat masala
  • a pinch of turmeric
  • salt as needed

For corn flour sludge

  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • ½ cup water

For garnish

  • finely chopped onions
  • finely chopped coriander leaves


  • Wash the mushrooms and wipe them dry. Chop the mushrooms, the cabbage and the curry leaves finely.
    Kalan chilly prep step 1
  • In a vessel take the chopped mushrooms, cabbage, curry leaves and all the spice powders as mentioned under 'for frying'. Mix it all together.
  • Next, add the rice, flour, cornflour and the plain flour and coat the mushroom mix completely.
  • Take small pieces of this mix and deep fry in oil. Drain on to a paper towel and keep it aside.
  • Chop the onion, chilly, garlic and ginger. Grind the tomato without adding water and strain.
    Kalan chilly prep step 5
  • In a tbsp of oil saute the chopped ingredients till the onions become translucent. Add the tomato juice, ketchup, vinegar and all the powders and saute for a few minutes.
    Kalan chilly prep step 6
  • When the mixture reduces and dries up a bit add the cornflour slurry and salt as needed. Let it come to a boil and thicken.
    Kalan chilly prep step 7
  • Check and adjust spices as needed and add the fried mushrooms. Saute to coat the mushroom with the masala. Break the fried mushrooms into smaller pieces as you saute. Turn off flame, when it completely dries up.
  • Garnish with chopped onion and coriander leaves and serve.