Friday, August 26, 2011

Kerala Olan Recipe

Olan is an important part of Onam Sadhya dishes and also one of the most simplest recipes. It tastes delicious with a nice fragrance of coconut oil. Olan can be prepared with or without the red cow peas. Here I have prepared with both ash gourd and pumpkin without the cow peas beans. Learn how to prepare Olan by following this easy Olan recipe.

Olan recipe-Kerala Olan Recipe

How to make Olan ( Onam Sadhya special)

Ingredients needed

Ash gourd -1 cup chopped
Yellow pumpkin - 1 cup chopped
Green chilli - 2 (slit )
Coconut milk -
Thin coconut milk - 1/2 cup
Thick coconut milk - 1/2 cup 

Cow peas - 2 tbsp (cooked, optional)

Coconut oil - 2-3 tsp
Curry leaves - few


Peel and chop both ash gourd and pumpkin into medium sized pieces.

Extract coconut milk from half a coconut or use ready made coconut milk.


Cook both ash gourd and pumpkin in thin coconut milk with green chilli and salt required.

After it is cooked, add first coconut milk, cooked cow peas
 (vanpayar), heat a little in low flame and switch off. (Do not boil too much after adding 1 st coconut milk)

Add curry leaves and drizzle raw coconut oil on top.

Yummy Olan is ready to be served.


If you want to use cow peas (vanpayar), then soak it overnight (or 7-8 hours), pressure cook with a little salt and add to the olan. Do not over cook vanpayar. It should retain its shape.

If you want a slightly thick Olan, then add only 1/4 cup thick 1 st coconut milk.

More Onam Special Recipes- Onam recipes


Mambazha Pulissery

Pumpkin Erissery

Paruppu Payasam (Kerala Style with coconut milk and moong dal) 

Kerala Aviyal recipe

Find more Onam Sadya recipes

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  1. Mmmm love olan...looks yum...somehow after coming to Hyderabad making this dish has become a rarity...Must make it for this Onam

  2. Interesting dish. Looks delicious and yummy.

  3. Looks delicious and creamy..

  4. Olan looks perfect!!..waiting for Onam to make it:-)

  5. Looks perfect.. would you mind coming here for Onam? It comes on a weekday and my plans for sadhya :( :(

  6. nice combo; ash gourd and pumpkin together.. haven't tasted this..

  7. Nice Olan recipe looks rich and creamy.

  8. olan looks awesome and perfect.

  9. My favorite dish. Looks so comforting.

  10. Looks very delicious and is perfectly made....

  11. new to me...i just heard but never knew how to do..looks delicious...

  12. It's inviting and lovely...Great recipe...

  13. it looks so yummy...

    regarding the vegetable garden...Actually i don't use anything for my plants , i don't have any insects problem so i don't have to use any kind of pesticides..i use regular compost once in a while and water them regularly that's it..

  14. Healthy, inviting olan!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Parts Corner


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