Kerala Olan Recipe with Pumpkin and Black Eyed Beans - Coconut Milk Vegetable Stew
Kerala Olan Recipe with Pumpkin and Black Eyed Beans is a simple and delicious dish which you can make for your everyday meals. Serve this delicious curry with Kerala Matta Rice or Steamed Rice for a weekday meal.
Kerala Olan Recipe with Pumpkin and Black Eyed Beans 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.
Red cow peas or red lobia is used to make the Olan but you can use the regular lobia as well.
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- 250 gram Vellai Poosanikai (Ash gourd/White Pumpkin) , or yellow 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
To begin making the Kerala Olan Recipe with Pumpkin and Black Eyed Beans, soak the black eyed beans in water for 2 to 3 hours and cook until soft. Keep aside. See How to Cook Lentils and Legumes
Steam the ash gourd 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
In a heavy bottomed saucepan; add in the cooked ash gourd, black eyed beans the coconut milk, curry leaves and green chillies. Stir well and on low heat simmer the olan for 3 to 4 minutes.
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.
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 Kerala Olan Recipe with Pumpkin and Black Eyed Beans to a serving bowl.