Olan

This dish is an inevitable part of every Onam sadhya (feast) and is made traditionally using white gourd or winter melon (kumblanga). But in spite of frantically searching in the farmer’s market or Indian stores, I couldn’t find this vegetable anywhere. So I decided to use native Australian cucumbers which had no physical resemblance to white gourd but did have taste similarities. (All an effort to get some comfort from the homesickness I feel when I am away from my family on Thiruonam).

This is an extremely easy recipe, one that comes together in no time at all. A delicious camaraderie of sweet creaminess from the coconut milk and the spicy coolness of cucumbers and green chillies.

Note – The recipe has not been tweaked in any way; only the vegetable has been changed not the method. The other variation to this dish is the addition of black-eyed beans/vanpayar. If you want to prepare the traditional version, then use 1 cup of white gourd and ½ cup beans and follow the same recipe.

olan

Ingredients:

1. Native Australian cucumber – 1 cup, peeled and deseeded, cut into thin slices.
2. Green chillies – 2, slit
3. Curry leaves – a handful
4. Coconut milk – thick 1st milk
5. Coconut oil – 1 tbsp
6. Salt – to season

Method:

• In a pressure cooker, add the thinly diced cucumber (or white gourd and beans), green chillies, curry leaves and salt. Cook for 2 whistles without adding any water.

boiled cucumber

• Open and place back on flame and add 1 cup thick coconut milk. Take off flame as it just begins to boil. (Add more milk if you want a runnier consistency)
• Transfer to a dish and add 1 tbsp of coconut oil on top to finish.

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5 thoughts on “Olan

  1. […] Olan (Wintermelon with Coconut Milk) […]

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  2. jayshreebhagat August 28, 2014 at 12:16 am Reply

    awesome recipe……have made the task really easier!

    Like

  3. Aruna Panangipally September 22, 2013 at 4:12 am Reply

    I love Olan and Kalan…

    Like

    • vanyadhanya September 22, 2013 at 7:56 am Reply

      me too, couldnt make kalan this time because I couldnt find yam anywhere here

      Like

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