Kerala Olan – Onam Recipe

Kerala Olan – Onam Recipe

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I was on a mission to try some sadya recipes at home and decided to make Olan. I went through the recipe, made a list of things to buy. That’s when I realised I’ve never bought Ash gourd (kumbalanga) before. So while I was at the shop, just to make sure, I’m getting the right thing, I decided to check with the salesman. I went and asked him (he is a Malayalee) ” chetta, do you make olan with this?” Now the strange thing is, he heard it as “how do you make olan with this?”! Before I could correct him, he started going around the shop, asking other customers for the Olan recipe. I should say, it was a sight to watch.. with kumbalanga on one hand, he kept on asking people for Olan recipe, all the while pointing to me saying  “aa kochinu vendiya” (it’s for that girl)! hhmmm… I wish I knew the vanishing act!

After all the drama in the shop, I finally got around to making it and it came out pretty decent too :)

So how’s your Onam preparations coming along? Planning to make a full fledged sadya at home?

Recipe adapted from “Flavours of the Spice Coast” by Mrs.K.M.Mathew

Olan
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Recipe type: Side dish, Curry
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Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • Black-eyed beans (vanpayar) – ½ cup
  • Ash gourd (kumbalanga) – 2.5-3 cups, cut into cubes
  • Green chilli – 3-4, slit lengthwise
  • Water – 3.5 cups
  • Thick coconut milk – ¾ -1 cup
  • Salt
  • Curry leaves
  • Coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Pressure cook the beans (vanpayar) with 1.5 cups water (refer notes). Strain the stock and keep aside the cooked beans. The beans should not be over cooked and it should retain its shape.
  2. Cook together ash gourd, green chilli, salt and 2 cups water, till ash gourd becomes tender. Again, ash gourd also should not be overcooked and it should retain its shape.
  3. Add the cooked beans to the ash gourd and mix well. Add coconut milk and curry leaves. Cook on low flame for 5-7 mins. Remove from the fire and drizzle some coconut oil.
  4. The curry has a thick consistency.
Notes
I didnt soak the beans before cooking. I pressure cooked it directly. After the first whistle reduced the flame to low-medium and cooked for 6-7 whistles. Kept closed till pressure drops. I didnt add the stock of cooked beans to the curry. However in some recipes, they add it to the curry and it gives a reddish tint to Olan. The curry tends to thicken as it rests.

 

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  • Reshmi

    Thanks Maria, only yday my husband was asking me to add olan to the sadya menu and i realised i never made olan, leave alone buying ash gourd. I will definitely make this during onam and let u know how it came out. Thanks for your other recipies too, the way u xplained things in the menu makes it simple to make.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Reshmi,

      I’m glad I posted it at the correct time :) Wish you a happy onam in advance!

      Thanks a lot for your comment, it’s nice to know that you like the recipes posted here :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Smitha

    Maria!! All your recipes are cool but why do you blurr the pics? I think the clear pics will help us see the final dish.

  • http://www.facebook.com/clijesh Chungath Lijesh

    How can u go wrong with olan, so simple recipe yet very delicious.. Ur recipe is similar to moms. Gonna miss her … but nt her Olan… Tks Maria …….

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks Lijesh :) Wish you a happy onam!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • patwary

    Tks maria I like Kupalanga I make it very offen but without beans.now tried with beans.very tasty. thanks oncemore.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      You are welcome! Nice to know that you liked it. Thanks for the comment :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • simi

    My mom makes olan with cherupayar..everything else is same..:)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Olan with cherupayar – that’s new to me :) Hope you had a wonderful Onam..

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Lakshmi Prabhakaran

    There is another version of this Olan; my mom in law adds some long beans (achinga) and cheru chembe .She cooks them along the ash gourd.

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Lakshmi,

      Thanks for sharing another version here.. looks like there is a variety of Olan recipes!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Suz

    Tried it and loved it! It was a great hit with all my family members too :) Happy Onam to you and Jose :)

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks dear for your wishes and comment :) Belated Onam wishes to you guys also.. how’s your lil one doing?

  • http://www.facebook.com/roshngeorge Roshn George

    Shall we add some yogurt in this…?

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      I’ve never tried adding yogurt to this, so I’m not sure.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • http://www.facebook.com/roshngeorge Roshn George

    Shall we add some yogurt in this…?

  • http://www.facebook.com/roshngeorge Roshn George

    Maria, I heard a dish named “Molaka(u)shyam”…(or Moloshyam..?!!)
    I couldn’t find this recipe in the web. Could you please share it, if you know this…

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Roshn,

      I think Molokoshyam is a kind of vegetable preparation which is common is Trichur side. I’m not very familiar with that style of cooking.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Mary Varughese

    Hi Maria, thanks for the wonderful recipe. Do you drain the water, the ashgourd is cooked in or do you add the 1 cup of coconut milk to this? A bit confused here. Mary

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Hi Mary,

      The water isnt drained, by the time the ashgourd gets cooked, the water level goes down.

      Hope it’s clear now :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Chitra Ganapathy

    I tried this olan & tomato rasam recipes from ur blog for sadya. It came out well. Thanks :) Please check this link

    http://www.chitrasfoodbook.com/2013/09/onam-sadya-menu-2-kerala-recipes.html

    • http://mariasmenu.com Maria Jose

      Thanks a bunch Chitra! Nice to know that you liked it.

      I did check out the link and saw the pics of your sadya. It looks really great!

      Best wishes to your blog!

      Cheers
      Maria

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