Olan – Kerala Olan Recipe / Onam Sadya Recipes:

16 Sep 2013

Olan – Kerala Olan Recipe:

Olan is a traditional Kerala dish and is a must dish during Sadyas, grand festival feast of Kerala. This authentic recipe is so easy to prepare. It is made with coconut milk and ashgourd ( pumpkin can also be added ) as the main ingredients. 

I just love the taste of mild spices and awesome flavor of coconut in this dish.  The healthy cowpeas also adds more taste to this simple dish. 

Now let’s get to the recipe.


·         Cowpeas / vanpayar / black-eyed peas          - ½ cup
·         Ashgourd / Poosananikkai / Kumbalanga – 250 g
·         Green chilly              - 2 or 3
·         Coconut                   - ½
·         Curry leaves             - handful
·         Coconut oil               - 2 tsp
·         Salt to taste


1.     Wash and soak cowpeas for 1 to 2 hrs.

2.     Pressure cook with enough water and little salt.
3.     Strain the water / stock and keep aside the cooked beans.
4.     Take care the beans shouldn’t be overcooked to mushy. It should retain its shape.
5.     Grate coconut to small pieces.
6.     Take it in a mixer, add little water and grind it to paste.
7.     Strain and extract thick coconut milk.

8.     Now add again1 cup of water and grind further for a minute.
9.     Strain the extract the second / thin coconut milk out of it.
10.  Keep both the coconut milk separately in cups.
11.  Peel and chop ashgourd into small pieces.

12.  Heat a kadai / fry pan.
13.  Add the ashgourd pieces, green chilly slit lengthwise and saute for a minute.
14.  Add 1 cup of thin / second coconut milk and cook the veg covered.

15.  Keep the flame in medium low, and stir once in a while.

16.  Once the ashgourd is tender ( take care, ashgourd also should not be overcooked ) add the cooked beans.
17.  Combine together.
18.  Now add the thick  ( first ) coconut milk  and fresh curry leaves.

19.  Simmer the flame and allow to cook for 3 to 5 mins.

20.  Turn off the flame. ( the curry tends to thicken as it rests)
21.  Drizzle 1 to 2 tsp of coconut oil on top.

22.  Authentic and delicious Olan is ready.

23.  Olan goes well with steamed rice and pappad.

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·        South Indian Aviyal recipe
·        Carrot Poriyal
·        Plantain Chips
·        Cucumber Pachadi
·        Easy Rasam Recipe
·        Sambharam

14 Yummy Comments:

Sanoli Ghosh said...

Very comforting and delightful olan. Loved it. Happy onam.

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Babitha costa said...

Happy onam

Niloufer Riyaz said...

delicious recipe dear! happy onam to u

Awesome Olan. A must for any Kerala style sadya including Onam. Happy Onam to you !

Sebeena Loyd said...

Jay, happy onam to you. olan looks delicious.

Happys Cook said...

lovely color...great recipe..

Sapana Behl said...

Lovely color of this curry.

GKtalks said...

Great taste and healthy... keep it up Jay...

Vimitha Anand said...

Comforting food

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious and comforting recipe. Happy Onam to you and your family.

Shree said...

Delicious olan ! Belated Onam wishes !

Anu Shoj said...

inviting olan curry...very nice....

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divya said...

super delicious..looks inviting

Tabatha Alward said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe, It looks very delicious. The next time can you give us some recipe that using pressure cooker ? . I bought a new one but lacking the ideas to use it :(

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