Onam Special Olan ~ Sadhya Recipes

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Olan recipeOlan recipe with step by step pics and video recipe. Olan is a traditional Kerala dish and inevitable item in Onam Sadhya. Here is the recipe for the special olan. It is cooked either with cow peas or long beans and with white pumpkin and yellow pumpkin. 

Ash gourd(white pumpkin/kumbalanga) and yellow pumpkin(mathan) is used. adding yellow pumpkin is optional. red/brown cowpeas is used in this recipe. soak the red cowpeas overnight.

let’s see quick video of olan recipe:

Let’s see step by step photos with instructions on how to make perfect olan.

firstly, use an earthen pot to cook if you have one. cooking a traditional recipe the traditional way brings out the perfect flavor.Olan recipe

soak the red cow peas overnight in enough water. strain and add it to the cooker with enough water and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles. It shouldn’t be mushy at the same time, it shouldn’t be half cooked. it should be easily mashable but intact in shape.

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open after the pressure settles and check to see if the cowpeas is easily mashable. Olan recipe

take an earthen pot or a normal pot. Before switching the heat on, add the vegetables (white pumpkin and yellow pumpkin or one of it). Add salt, green chillies slit.

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to this, add thin coconut milk or second coconut milk. you can also cook it in water but the actual olan recipe, vegetables are cooked in coconut milk. mix well and let it boil in simmer until the vegetables are cooked.

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Once the vegetables are cooked, put the flame to low and add cooked cow peas, salt and 1/4 cup thick coconut milk.

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lastly, add curry leaves and drizzle some coconut oil on top of it.

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mix well and switch off. the heat in the curry is well enough for the first coconut milk to get cooked. if you are using earthen pot, then the heat is well maintained. so, after adding thick coconut milk, switch off and stir.

Olan recipe

olan recipe

Prep Time8 hours
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time8 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings


  • 1 cup red cow peas soaked overnight
  • 1.5 cups yellow and white pumpkin chopped or diced
  • 1 no green chilli slit
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup thin coconut milk
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup thick coconut milk
  • 1 spring curry leaves
  • 1 tsp coconut oil


  • soak the cow peas overnight and drain the water completely. add it to cooker and pressure cook with enough water to 3-4 whistles. keep it ready. 
  • meanwhile, cook the pumpkins with salt, green chillies, thin coconut milk until the vegetables are cooked. 
  • once cooked, out the flame to low and add thick coconut milk, cooked cowpeas, adjust salt.
  • add curry leaves and coconut oil, mix well and switch off. 



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