Monday, March 29, 2010

Olan/ Vegetable in Thick coconut milk

An essential in every sadya (feast) I decided its time to share olan with you.   I have not heard people talk about this dish with the same gusto as they would aviyal, sambar or kootu curry.  One dish grossly overlooked but served in all sadya. I like this dish. It’s simple to cook with subtle flavors.

There are different variations with olan.  Mostly the difference is the vegetable you use.  Some cook raw plantain, cucumber and long beans with green chilies or some with only snake guard.  I suppose its an dependent on which part of Kerala you hail.  However, as long as you are cooking your vegetable with green chilies and adding thick coconut milk with a generous spoon of coconut oil to top, you are cooking your olan right.

If it’s a change from spicy food you desire this is your best bet.



Ingredients:

Red Moong Dal – (Red Lentil) – ½ cup
Cucumber – 1 small
Coconut – 1 cup (grind after adding 1/3 cup lukewarm water and press and sieve to get coconut milk)
Chilli – 3-4 nos
Salt-to taste
Coconut oil – 2 tspn
Curry Leaves – 2 sprigs

Method:

1.Soak the lentil overnight or pressure cook with water just enough to cover the lentil
2.Cut the cucumber into small pieces and cook it with green chillies
3.Mix the lentils and cucumber together and cook the to dry the water
4.Add thick coconut milk and heat through.
5.Add 2 tspn of coconut oil and add a sprig of curry leaves and transfer into your serving dish.



69 comments:

  1. Njgalkkum nalla eshtanu tou Olan...nalla pic Sunitha..

    Love
    Kairali sisters

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  2. Beautiful clicks...and olan..

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  3. My Fva..looks adipoli...nice click as always :)

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  4. such a healthy and delicious recipe..looks so yum

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  5. This looks like a delicious savory soup. I am going to have to get a hold of curry leaves soon.

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  6. Nice clicks! Its one of my favs..

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  7. seeing something new here..looks so beautiful..what a click..

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  8. We love Olan but ours is amde very simple without the lentils!
    Good recipe and snapshot.

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  9. Looks so rich and creamy..Nice click too.
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  10. yummy olan.. i could have all of it.. beautiful pic :)

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  11. Namitha and sunitha,

    Olan looks really good, i love it, without them sadya is impossible.

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  12. This is new for me. sound interesting.

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  13. Lovely looking olan, healthy with simple ingredients.

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  14. One of my favourite dish from home. Ido really miss these wonderful yummy dishes. It islike Onam cam early :-)

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    That dish seems very healthy and tasty too...which coconut oil do u use?? i never used coconut oil..there don't have any idea of it....

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  18. Never heard or tried this before .Interesting dish.Nice click.

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  19. new, healthy and interesting.

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  20. This looks very interesting. There's no salt and sugar. I wonder what it tastes like. But it sure looks refreshing. Thanks for sharing. MaryMoh at http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com

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  21. Thanks for showing us this. It looks very good, something I would like to try. And, same here, looks like I'll have to find some curry leaves.

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  22. I cant for nuts remember having this for a sadya:(

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  23. Wow totally a new recipe for me and its a brilliant pic!

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  24. Awesome click !!
    Classic Olan for Sadya :)

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  25. i have never tasted this...somehow for sadyas after i finish koottucurry, avial, kalan and erisseri which r my favrites this gets ignored...it's high time that i give it a try...

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  26. Superb clicks n amazing recipe..pls collect ur awards from my blog dear

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  27. Me too posted this long back but our version is totally diff from this...will try this version some time,sounds yummm

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  28. lovely olan...we make it back hom for sadyas as well...

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  29. Lovely olan... looks delicious :-)

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  30. Although not a favourite dish of mine I love the picture...

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  31. nice and interestng recipe..looks very healthy

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  32. Wonderful dish. Looks delicious and yummy. Lovely pictures.

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  33. sounds great and very simple recipe

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  34. Wow thats delicious Olan, i just love it..

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  35. Looks very yummy. I like it very much.

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  36. Lovely !! my favourtie!. Back in my mom's house this used to be a regular... It was made with gree gram though. I am tempted to try it with red gram. Pics are nice as usual.

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  37. Superb! never had this..tempting!

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  38. creamy and healthy one...nice click

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  39. Wow! Though Amma has made this once in a while, I've never tried my hands at Olan. Will surely try this one soon :)

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  40. Wow! The olan is so creamy and rich! Must be spicy too!

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  41. Wow!!!One among my fav's in sadya...The pics are so tempting..wish I could have some ;).

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  42. waiting for vishu to make a sadhya..without this sadhya will be incomplte :)

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  43. Beautiful clicks.. olan is new to me..

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  44. This is new to me, but sound interesting !

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  45. Its a shame I did not make Olan yet although I use coconut so often.

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  46. Now, this dish looks so appetizing & is very apart too! Another must make dish!

    Looks so beautiful too!!!

    Thanks!

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  47. Very beautiful click...tasty dish too...superb :)

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  48. Looks really rich and creamy. Beautifully pix as always!

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  49. lovely curry with the red mungs...

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  50. Olan looks absolutely delicious, love the color. Nice pic.

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  51. I never heard of this dish before but I love everything in it! And it looks so very rich and creamy.

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  52. Never heard of it, looks healthy !!

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  53. Dear Sunita,
    a lovely recipe and its a totally new one to me like the puliseri! loved the color and texture. Will give it a try soon.

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  54. Never heard of it... but looks great

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