Sunday, September 4, 2011

Olan (Serves 6-8)– Onam 2011 special


Happy Onam to all my dear friends and sorry for not being prompt with my recent posts. It was a hectic last month, both personally and professionally. Lets kick start the wagon once again with a recipe which is exclusively Malayalee in origin and is an unavoidable ingredient of any traditional festival/sadyas. It is easy to make and is a very healthy preparation that suits any kind of palettes and stomachs...Enjoy..

Ashgourd/kumbalanga 1 cup, peeled and cubed
Red cow peas/ Vanpayar ¼ cup
Green chilly 3 nos, slit
Thin coconut milk 1 cup
Thick coconut milk ½ cup
Curry leaves be generous
Salt as needed
Coconut oil 2 tsp


Pressure cook the cow peas along with salt with 1 to 1 ½ cups of water to 3 whistles. Allow pressure to release itself and drain any extra water. Keep aside. Now in a deep pan cook the ashgourd/kumblanga along with green chillies adding around ½ cup water and few curry leaves and salt. Once the ashgourd/kumbalanga is cooked to soft, add the thin coconut milk along with the cooked cow peas. Bring this to a boil and continue boiling to the consistency you want (generally it has a semi thick gravy). Next add the thick coconut milk, and a few more curry leaves. Switch off flame and drizzle coconut oil on top and keep covered until ready to serve. Before serving adjust salt if needed.


Notes: As ashgourd/kumbalanga is not available in this part of US, I have used lauki/churakka (in Malayalam) which gave a very similar taste.



  1. Wish you a very happy Onam - Olan looks fab and love the presentation

  2. Happy onam to you and your family!we also add mathanga with ashgourd. looks so wonderful!

  3. Happy Onam to you and your family.. Olan looks absolutely perfect.. :)
    Indian Cuisine

  4. Happy onam wishes too, olan looks simply delicious and highly inviting..

  5. Happy Onam may you have great celebration ....this looks fab and nice pics

  6. wow delicious recipe and gr8 presentation...yum very tempting...

  7. Happy Onam...
    olan looks delicious dear :)

  8. Happy Onam....

    Olan looks very delicious....

  9. Yummmmmmm... You reminded me again that Onam is coming up. Though I get to hear all about Onam festivities when my parents turn on the TV and tune into Asianet I tend to forget about it because of the hectic US life. Dish looks delish... Thanks for reminding me again with this wonderful dish

    Happy Onam!!! :)

  10. Happy Onam..delicious olan,presentation is superb dear..


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