How To Make Olan | Kerala Olan Recipe

>>  Sunday, October 11, 2015

Coming to the second Side dish for the week, under BM#57, I have yet another Onam Sadya recipe, The Olan! Though we all love Kerala dishes and make some of them regularly as the Avial etc, few traditional dishes like the Olan, Kootu Curry were never made before. So while preparing for the Kerala Sadya feast, I wanted to make Olan. I conveyed to Amma that I wanted Black eyed Peas to be soaked, I was not sure if I would be making it as the dishes because of time constrain. 

On hearing that Amma had indeed soaked the beans, I decided to go ahead at the last moment. When I read the recipe, I realized it was pretty much easy to make. I used only Pumpkin and Black Eyed Peas in this Olan. Ash gourd is also added, however I forgot to get it.  This Olan recipe is very much similar to the Kerala Stew that is made for the Appam. Guess the vegetables lend a different taste plus some omission seem to matter.

Whatever it is, we ended up enjoying a delicious meal!
Between the coconut milk is homemade, extract fresh from fresh coconut. Though some always complain on the tedious process it becomes extracting the milk from the coconut, I am so used to it as I make Tomato Kurma and Kerala Stew with fresh coconut for Breakfast on alternate Sunday.

I adapted my recipe from here

Olan Recipe - Kerala Olan Recipe 

Preparation Time : 10 minutes
Cooking Time : 20 minutes
Serves : 4

Ingredients Needed:

Cow peas /Black Eyed Beans /Vanpayar - 1/2 cup
Ash gourd /Elavan /Kumbalanga, diced - 1 cup) (I skipped)
Pumpkin /Mathan - 1 cup (diced)
Green chillies, slit lengthwise - 3 to 4 nos
Thin Coconut milk -  1 cup
Thick Coconut milk - 1/4 cup
Curry leaves : a sprig
Coconut oil : 1 tbsp (I used regular oil)
Salt to taste

How to make Olan

Soak the black eyed beans overnight. When using, change water couple of times, then pressure cook for 3 whistles with enough water.

Peel outer skin of the vegetables and chop into small pieces.

Once the pressure falls down, add the chopped vegetables and add the thin coconut milk into it. Pressure cook for another whistle.

Once the pressure falls, simmer and add salt and green chilies. Cook for 5 - 7 mins.

once the vegetables are cooked well; add the thick coconut milk into it.

Reduce the fire to low and stir it slowly until the mix is cooked well and remove from the fire.

Season with coconut oil and a sprig of curry leaves.

Mix well and cover it and allow it to stand for 10-20 minutes before serving.

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Hasna Hamza Layin October 11, 2015 at 2:08 PM  

I can have this everyday... love this.. :)

vaishali sabnani October 11, 2015 at 5:51 PM  

I was surprised by the simplicity of this dish.. So simple yet delicious ! It was one of the most appreciated dishes from Sadya that I had cooked .

rajani October 11, 2015 at 10:33 PM  

Vegetable stew and olan might look similar, but their taste vary a lot - again depending on what you add. The stew is more of a spicy, gingery item where as olan comes out as a simple yet elegant dish. Olans flavor is mostly from green chillies and the coconut oil added finally. They both have a major common factor in coconut milk which plays a huge part in the taste.

Varadas Kitchen October 12, 2015 at 3:42 AM  

Sounds very interesting. Pumpkin and black eyed peas is a very unique combination.

Harini-Jaya R October 14, 2015 at 8:25 PM  

Love the flavors. I am amazed by the traditional Kerala meal you dished out.

Pavani N October 15, 2015 at 4:32 AM  

Love this simple and delicious dish.

Chef Mireille October 15, 2015 at 5:21 AM  

allmy fave ingredients in this one - i would definitely try

Sapana Behl October 17, 2015 at 1:30 AM  

Lovely flavors and delicious looking olan.

Priya Suresh October 17, 2015 at 3:10 PM  

Its been ages i had this olan, am yet to post this dish in my space, inviting dish.

monika October 18, 2015 at 12:30 PM  

ove the flavors. I am astonished by the customary Kerala supper you doled out

sneha datar October 18, 2015 at 9:04 PM  

I love Olan, the taste of coconut and coconut oil is awesome.

Nisha Sundar October 18, 2015 at 10:57 PM  

Thats a lovely sadya spread Valli. Olan is indeed such a flavourful dish. :)

Sowmya :) October 23, 2015 at 9:40 AM  

It looks tempting

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