Olan with coconut milk

Olan with coconut milk

Olan is a speciality for Malayali feasts. It is simple to make and absolutely delicious.

Parvathy Jayakrishnan


  1. 1/4 Kilogram pumpkin
  2. 1/4 Kilo Ash gourd
  3. 1/2 Cup coconut milk
  4. 1/2 Cup peas Boiled red cow
  5. 2 - 3 Green Chillies
  6. Curry leaves
  7. Coconut oil


30 mins
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    Cut the pumpkin and ashgourd into 2-inch pieces of half inch thickness and boil them together with salt and a bit of water. Both these vegetables have high water content. So no need to add a lot of water.

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    Once they are soft and boiled, add the boiled red cow pea (vanpayar) to the mixture and stir. Add the cut green chillies and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes.

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    Add the coconut milk to the mixture and stir. Once the coconut milk just comes to boil, turn off the flame and garnish with curry leaves. Add a tsp of coconut oil on the top and cover the dish. (Do not let the coconut oil boil for long as it tends to change the texture of the curry)

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    Mix and serve after ten minutes.

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