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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 with and without the cow peas beans. Learn how to prepare Olan by following this easy Olan recipe.

Kerala Olan Recipe

Kerala Olan Recipe

Kerala Olan Recipe

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Recipe CategorySide dish-Curry
 Recipe CuisineKerala Recipes

   Ingredients needed

   Ash gourd (kumbalanga)-1 cup
   Yellow pumpkin (Mathanga ) -1 cup
   Green chilli -3-4 slit
   Thin coconut milk -3/4 cup
   Thick coconut milk -1/2 cup
   Black eyed peas/vanpayar -1/4 cup
   Salt needed
   Coconut oil -3 tsp
   Curry leaves -few


Soak black eyed peas overnight and pressure cook with a little salt for 2 whistles. Keep it aside.

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. If using store bought coconut milk, dilute it with water for thin coconut milk. Check out  how to extract coconut milk  in detail.


Cook both ash gourd and pumpkin along with slit green chillies and salt needed in thin coconut milk.

Once it is cooked, add thick coconut milk, cooked cow peas (vanpayar) and cook over low flame for 5-6 minutes and switch off the heat. (Do not boil too much after adding 1 st or thick coconut milk)

Add curry leaves and drizzle raw coconut oil on top.

Yummy Kerala Olan is ready to be served.


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

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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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