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Olan is part of Kerala Onam sadhya.It is a very simple recipe which sounds just like stew. Vegetables like ash gourd, pumpkin and red gram are cooked and finally simmered in coconut milk. It is a mild but very flavorful dish with simple seasoning like green chillies, coconut oil and curry leaves. You can also use black eye beans in this recipe.

Ash gourd- 200 grams
Vanpayar/ red gram- 1/3 cup
Green chilly-5
Curry leaves - 2 spring
Coconut milk thin- 1/3 cup
Coconut milk thick- 1 cup
Coconut oil- 2 tsp
Salt to taste

 Soak red bean for two hour and cook with one and a third cup of water till it is soft and keep aside.
Peel and chop ash gourd into small pieces or thin slices (You can also add pumpkin). 
Cook this along with green chilly and salt and 1/3 cup of thin coconut milk. When it is cooked and soft add cooked red gram or vanpayar and thick coconut milk. Simmer in low flame for a minute and add curry leaves and drizzle coconut oil on top.

Try this..
Hope you will all enjoy..


  1. This is such a new recipe to me. Looks yum!

  2. Olan superb ayittund..Happy Onam in advance!!

  3. This is my favourite. You are tagged in a game. check my blog for details.

  4. what a beautiful dish. aromatic and light on stomach

  5. thats one of my fav in the sadhya items..

  6. wow onam is nearly here and olan is one of my fav as well.......

  7. I like the stews, looks absolutely rich and beautiful,hugs.

  8. olan adipoli aayittundu....appom onam preparations start cheythu alle???...:)

  9. delicious looking dish wonderfully done

  10. So simple,yet nice,that's what I love about Olan.The creamy angelic look of your Olan makes me drool..! Nice one.

  11. Wow. I miss Onam celebs .. Love olan

  12. Fantastic yummy component of the Onam Sadya.

  13. This is on my todo list since long...looks too gud

  14. am waiting for onam to taste this yummy dish..

  15. This is one dish I have never tried in my u r tempting me...

  16. Olan is one of my favorites its mild flavors...

  17. Looks excellent and fabulous..inviting Olan..

  18. This is simple yet tasty .......wonderful.

  19. I just love traditional recipes and from u, it's always a treat to try..

  20. I love this Olan... last year Onam i tasted this...thanks for sharing Suja.

  21. Truly a tempting authentic stew dear. Long ago I learnt it from a book , but I like your version better.

  22. this is my husband's favourite, such a great recipe..

  23. Looks excellent and fabulous..

  24. hi suja, very interesting recipe with red beans inside. i like veggies cooked in coconut milk- they just taste delicious

  25. Hello again ... after my long vacation ... I love your kitchen are visiting and writing to that delicious bread .. ... visualizare've done all the recipes that I could not see in this absence ... bsssMARIMI

  26. I Love Olan and yours looks too appetizing! YUM!

  27. absolutely divine..
    In my blog, a cute triple award is waiting for you..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  28. Definitely new to me but it sounds n looks super yummy!

  29. This looks so delicious. What is red gram? is it same as kidney beans?

  30. Thanks all for stopping by and for the sweet comments..
    @ SinFoodie it is not kidney beans but a smaller variety..its is called vanpayar or red cowpeas/red looks similar to the oriental red beans(azuki bean) but a little more larger..

  31. That olan looks so tempting , it is one of my favs. Simple yet sinful:)


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