Monday, April 14, 2008


In honor of Vishu, I wanted to post my favorite Keralite dish. The very first time I tasted this dish I fell in love with it.

I've made it many times since, and it comes out perfectly every time. Its really simple and a lovely tribute to Kerala food, thats always slightly sweet and very tasty.

Olan (Pumpkin with Coconut Milk)

1 cup Pumpkin, cubed
3 Green Chillies, julienned
1 Onion, julienned
1 tsp Ginger, shredded
4 Curry Leaves
1 cup Coconut Milk
1 tsp Coconut Oil (optional, and you could use whatever oil is at hand)
Salt, to taste

Cook the pumpkin, chillies, onion and curry leaves in a little water (just enough water to cook the pumpkin).

When the pumpkin is cooked and soft, add salt. Continue cooking until the dish thickens.

When the curry is thick, add the coconut milk and oil. Let it heat together on a low flame for another minute or two. Remove from heat.

Serve with steamed rice.


Shah cooks said...

vishu aasamsakal :)

Cham said...

Happy Vishu

Arundathi said...

Happy Vishu to you too! :)

Unknown said...

Hi Arundhati.
nice to see u here in blog world..This Olan looks delicious..Have nt tried this..will try for sure

Uma said...

olan looks delicious. Happy vishu to you and your family.

Prajusha said...

happy vishu to u too..olan looks delicious.

KayKat said...

*love* olan :)

Funny, I was going to make some indonesian laksa tonight, reading this recipe makes me realize how many ingredients they have in common!

Sagari said...

never tried this recipe lokks delecious

Arundathi said...

@ Divya Vikram, Uma, Prajusha and Sagari - Thanks! And Happy Onam to all of you!

@ Kaykat - Gonna have to try Laksa soon - heard so much about it!

karuna said...

i love anything with coconut, will def try it out.

kamala said...

Happy onam Arundhati

Arundathi said...

Karuna - let me know how it turned out!

Kamala - to you too :)