Monday, 5 September 2011

Olan (Maami's Corner) Onam special

This is one of the must-haves for any Sadya, and very easy to make.

  Ash gourd/white pumkin/"Kumbalanga: 250 g
Yam/chena: 100 g
Cow peas/red/Vanpayar: ½ cup
Coconut milk: 1/2cup (thick)
Green chilli: 5
Coconut oil: 1 tbsp
Curry leaves
Salt to taste


Soak beans overnight. Cook the beans well & keep aside.
In a pan, cook ash gourd & yam with green chilli & salt in three fourth cup of water.
Then, add the cooked beans, let the water evaporate, if there’s any.
Now, pour thick coconut milk, do not boil.
Adjust salt, pour coconut oil & drop in the curry leaves.
Cover & keep for sometime before serving.

Even though traditionally the red variety (called "vanpayar") is used, I have used white ones. 


  1. to those who said 'no' to this one..don't judge it by the appearance. it's one of the tastiest veggie dishes..specially with the coconut oil used in the end..

  2. It would be useful to have the hindi/malayalam names of the lesser known vegetables and pulses. Either as a general glossary or within the recipe. It's safe to underestimate your readers' awareness of igredients :)