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Olan

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Olan

 
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Cuisine
Kerala

 

Olan is popular as a traditional Kerala side dish that is regular and essential at every Sadya. It is normally made using pumpkin/ash gourd and black-eyed beans. The ingredients are cooked in coconut milk, eventually giving the Olan a creamy and rich texture. This thick texture makes it easy to serve on a banana leaf during the feast. Olan is one of the simplest recipes yet it tastes very delicious with a great fragrance of coconut oil. The best part of Olan is that it is nutritious. Both ash gourd and cow peas have lots of nutrients and being low in calories, they are best for weight loss. Ash gourd is known to flush out the toxins from the body, provide a cooling effect and serve as a laxative as well. Cowpeas are rich in antioxidants and are known to reduce diabetic and cholesterol problems. So, Olan’s health and nutrient factors make it ideal for adults whereas its incredible taste makes it a favorite of kids and teens.

Ingredients

  • Ash gourd (കുമ്പളങ്ങ) – 2 cup (chopped)
  • Black-eyed beans / Cowpeas (വന്‍പയര്‍) – ½ cup
  • Thick coconut milk (തേങ്ങാപാല്‍) – ¾ Cup
  • Green chilli (പച്ചമുളക്) – 3 Nos
  • Coconut Oil (വെളിച്ചെണ്ണ) – 1 Table Spoon
  • Curry leaves (കറിവേപ്പില) – 1 Sprig
  • Salt (ഉപ്പ്) – To taste

Method

  1. Peel the ash gourd and remove the seeds. Cut it into small pieces. Slit green chillies lengthwise.
  2. Wash and clean the black-eyed beans (cowpeas).
  3. Pressure cook the beans by adding 2 cups of water and a little salt. When you hear the first whistle, reduce the heat to low and wait for 2 more whistles. Turn off the heat and keep it closed till the pressure settles (12-15 minutes). Drain the water after pressure drops.
  4. Cook ash gourd in a covered vessel by adding green chillies, salt and 1¼ cup of water (medium heat).
  5. When ash gourd is cooked, add the cooked cowpeas and curry leaves. Cook the mixture for another 2 minutes.
  6. Now, add thick coconut milk and turn off the heat just prior the dish starts boiling.
  7. Pour 1 table spoon of coconut oil and transfer the olan to the serving dish.

Tips

1) Black-eyed beans and ash gourd should not be overcooked. Make sure their shape is retained.
2) Serve olan with boiled rice.

 

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Author: Shaan Geo

Myself, Shaan Geo basically a Software Engineer started my career in IT Industry. I have had a passion for food and cooking from an early age. This habit made me keep an eye out for the new variants of food and the different cuisines where ever I go. According to me cooking is an equal-opportunity talent and I find that anybody can cook. It is not limited by the age, profession, caste, colour or creed of a person. What is needed is the love for cooking. For me passion for cooking does not stop in the kitchen, when I travel, I continue to be inspired by eating in some of the best restaurants around the world.

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16 comments on “Olan

Dear Shaan, It tip is more attractive. Always I follow your recipes. Thanks for your presentation without any screen like others recipe. Waiting for your attractive fried rice recipe, that make more confident me.

    Suresh, really glad to know that you are frequent visitor and you always follow my recipes in your kitchen. I will try to include the fried rice recipe ASAP. Thank you very much for the feedback.

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I always wondered what this Olan and Kalan is… Seems to be an easy recipe… will try…

Dear Shaan, Super Recipe…. Mother touch…. all the best… I read so many, but these are entirely different. thanks a lot.

    Dear Meera, Thank you very much for your kind words of encouragement. Appreciate it very much :)

Hi Shaan thank u for your recipes. I will try to make some from these. Can you include some diet foods.

Mr Shaan thanks for the cooking guide. Please can you explain how make to pachadi.

    Rajesh, Thanks for the feedback. Pineapple Pachadi recipe is already posted in the website. Please check it under the category Veg side dishes.

My all time favorite. Instead of ash gourd, red pumpkin can also be used. It is tasty that way too. I use full coconut i.e. pulp is not discarded. All ingredients are put together in cooker and then oil bagar is given with mustard seeds and curry leaves. :)

    Rani, Great to know that you love Olan. Hope you will try other recipes too. Thanks for the tip.

Thank you Shaan its very simple I tried and very tasty also. Merlin.

    Merlin, Thank you very much for trying this Olan recipe and also for the feedback.

Hi Shaan, Your recipes are simple and many of them perfect for nala paachakam (for Bachelors and Forced bachelors). This is the first time I open. But I am sure most of them will be great!

    Sanil, Thank you very much for your kind words of encouragement. Appreciate it very much. Hope you will try the recipes listed here and see you here often :)

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