Kerala Olan Recipe with Pumpkin and Black Eyed Beans (Coconut Milk Vegetable Stew)

Donna George
Kerala Olan Recipe with Pumpkin and Black Eyed Beans (Coconut Milk Vegetable Stew)
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The Kerala Olan is a staple and a simple delicious dish from Kerala that is healthy and nutritious. The Olan recipe is made with yellow pumpkin or the white pumpkin also known as the ash gourd. It’s a mild stew that is delicately spiced with green chillies, flavored with curry leaves and coconut milk. It is also a dish that is served during the Onam Sadya meal of the Onam festival. 

Olan is yet another inevitable dish on the traditional Sadya menu. This dish is very subtle in flavor and avoids the use of any spices or masala. The mildly sweet coconut milk, crushed curry leaves and aromatic coconut oil gives this dish a spectacular clean fresh flavor.

You can serve the Kerala Olan Recipe with Pumpkin and Black Eyed Beans along with Vendakkai ThoranAppam or Phulkas or Steamed Rice for lunch.

Here are a few more Kerala Recipes

  1. Ada Pradhaman Recipe (Kerala Style Rice Flake Pudding With Jaggery & Coconut Milk)
  2. Pumpkin Erissery Recipe (Kerala Style Pumpkin Sabzi with coconut)
  3. Kerala Cheriya Ulli Sambar Recipe
  4. Kerala Kootu Curry Recipe (Pumpkin with Desi Channa or Black Eyed Beans in Spicy Coconut)

Cuisine: Kerala Recipes
Course: Side Dish
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

20 M

Cooks in

40 M

Total in

60 M

Makes:

4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 250 gram Vellai Poosanikai (Ash gourd/White Pumpkin) , peeled, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup Black Eyed Beans (Lobia)
  • 2 to 3 Green Chillies , slit lengthwise
  • 250 ml Coconut milk
  • Salt , to taste
  • 2 sprig Curry leaves
  • 2 teaspoons Coconut Oil

How to make Kerala Olan Recipe with Pumpkin and Black Eyed Beans (Coconut Milk Vegetable Stew)

  1. To begin making the Kerela Style Olan with White Pumpkin, soak the beans in water for 2 to 3 hours and cook until soft. Keep aside. See How to Cook Lentils and Legumes

  2. Steam the ash gourd (white pumpkin) or the yellow pumpkin with salt, until soft and cooked completely. Be careful not to overcook them, it should hold it's shape. See How To Cook Vegetables

  3. In a heavy bottomed sauce pan; add in the cooked ash gourd / pumpkin, the coconut milk, curry leaves and green chillies. Stir well and bring the mixture to a brisk boil.

  4. Adjust gravy to get the right consistency by adding a little water if you want to make it little thinner. Make sure the gravy is not too watery. Finally add in the coconut oil and simmer for a few more minutes.

  5. Turn off the heat, cover the pan and allow it to rest for about 10 minutes. This brings out the flavors from the curry leaves, green chillies and coconut. Transfer the olan to a serving bowl. 

  6. Serve the Kerala Olan Recipe with Pumpkin and Black Eyed Beans along with Vendakkai ThoranAppam or Phulkas or Steamed Rice for lunch.

 

 

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Last Modified On Thursday, 22 December 2016 09:57
     
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