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Olan is yet another lip-smacking side dish from the cuisine of Kerala, India. It gets the great taste from coconut mixed with pumpkin and beans. This is a traditional Onam recipe which is served as part of sadhya, the festive meal.
  Coconut oil 1 Teaspoon
  Yellow pumpkins 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Black eyed beans 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Grated coconut 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  White gourd 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Cornflour 1 Teaspoon
  Green chilies 4
  Salt To Taste

1) Roast the beans slightly.
2) Soak them in water for about 8 hrs, rinse and strain properly.
3) Soak the grated coconut in 1/2 cup of lukewarm water.
4) Extract the 1st 1/2 cup of thick milk.
5) Again pour 1/2 cup of hot water in it and extract the 2nd 1/2 cup of thin milk. You may use the mixer to take out the thin milk.
6) Put the beans and chillies along with both the vegetables in a pressure cooker.
7) Add the 2nd thin coconut milk.
8) Pressure cook for 1 whistle.
9) Add the 1st thick milk blended with corn flour.
10) Sprinkle salt and simmer for sometime.
11)Keep stirring frequently.
12) Cook till the cornflour is cooked and all the ingredients combine thoroughly.
13)Finally mix coconut oil and put curry leaves.

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Side Dish
Black Eyed Pea

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Chipslover's picture
It surely is lipsmacking. Would like to try this at home.
Anonymous's picture
Can I use vegetable oil instead of coconut oil. Not too fond of coconut.
The.Hungry.Soul's picture
black eye peas and beans are the same right?
emilyvyomahallaway's picture
pumpkin and beans...interesting combination...will try it out for sure in my kitchen
chockyfoodie's picture
You can try it with winter pumpkin too.
Anonymous's picture must try recipe....
Anonymous's picture
I have learnt so musch about Onam Sadya from this site... thank you guys!
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