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Olan Recipe, Kerala Olan with Ash gourd

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Recipe for Kerala Olan made with white pumpkin / ash gourd simmered in coconut milk and black eyed pea. Classic Onam sadya recipe made with pumpkin and cowpea / black eyed pea. Recipe with step by step pictures.


  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 67 green chillies, slit
  • 300 grams ash gourd / white pumpkin , diced
  • 1/4 cup black eyed pea, cooked
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup second pressed coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup first pressed coconut milk


  1. Heat coconut oil in a pan and add in the curry leaves and slit green chillies. Let the green chillies blister a little.
  2. Clean and dice the Ash gourd. Discard the seeds and the skin. Add in the diced ash gourd to the pan.
  3. Add in a cup of second pressed coconut milk (lite milk). Add in the salt. Let it simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add in the boiled and drained black eyed pea.
  5. Add in half a cup of first pressed coconut milk. After adding the milk, simmer for just a minute. Do not simmer for long after adding the first pressed coconut milk (thick milk).
  6. Olan is ready. Serve with Kerala rice.
  • Category: side dish
  • Cuisine: Kerala