Thursday, January 24, 2008

Olan - Kerala Cuisine

Another favorite kerala dish of mine is olan.I think this would be the most easiest and the simple recipe for any kerala dish.Mom used to always prepare kalan and olan together .That would always be the combination.The only aroma and taste that lifts this dish is the coconut oil.

It taste awesome and i wanted to share this recipe with you.

Raw Materials Required

Red Chori Beans -1 cups
White pumpkin -1/2 cup
Yellow pumpkin -1/2 cup
Green chillies 2-3 slit in between
Coconut oil -4-5 tsp
Curry leaves (few)
Oil -1 tsp
Salt as per desired

Preparation Style

Wash and soak the beans overnight. Cut the white and yellow pumpkin and transfer them in a bowl.Add the beans along with the vegetables , slit the green chillies and pressure cook them together. Do not add more water ,just add enough for them to cook. Once the pressure calms down take the cooked veggie and keep it aside. On the other side in a small kadai add coconut oil and curry leaves and let the aroma come up and then add the cooked vegges , add salt and mix them well and let it be in the flame for a couple of minutes. Serve them hot with rice.

This would be my entry for Jyothsna's Event of Currybazaar who is hosting
RCI: Cuisine of Kerala.


FH said...

I love red chori, tastes so great in any dish. Good one Deepa!:)

DEEPA said...

Asha Ji ..You are very true ..Red chori taste great in any recipe ...

Seema said...

I have never tried Olan Deepa...Next time i drop by this ones on the menu :-) Looks nice

Mythreyee said...

Red chori is very good for health. It tastes good too. good recipe. love it.

Pooja V said...

hey deepa this is such a neat n flavourful recipe.

Cynthia said...

Red chori, is that like the small red beans?

Vanamala Hebbar said...


Looks nice !!
This is Just like our sambar

Sagari said...

thats a new recipe for me deepa ,looks deleciousss

Nanditha Prabhu said...

i love olan too!nice entry for the kerala event

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

This way of making olan is new to me. We add coconut milk to this at the end.
Yes, it is one of the tastiest of dishes from Kerala.

DEEPA said...

Seema and Mythreyee ..It really taste good .Do try it sometime ...

Pooja V and Vanamala ...Thks for stopping by .Do try it sometime..

Cynthia ..It really taste like small red beans ...Almost the same ..we can use it as a replacement too .

Sagari and Nanditha do try it sometime..

Aparna ....I have also heard some people adding coconut milk at the end .Will try it out next time .

Kribha said...

I always used red chori in a tamarind based gravy only. I heard about olan but never tried it. your picture and recipe looks good.

Anonymous said...

The Olan recipe misses the most important ingredient of it! The coconut milk. you have to add 1-2 cups of it and that makes the typical taste of Olan. Otherwise how do you get the taste and flavour of olan??