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Easy Olan Recipe

Onam Recipes: Olan | Ashgourd and Red Beans Stew

Olan is a very unusual combination of Ash gourd with red lentils in a mild coconut stew. Another must have dish in Onam Sadya and so easy to make that it will surprise you.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course, Main Dish, soups stews
Cuisine Indian, kerala, south indian
Servings 4 people


  • 1 small ash gourd
  • 2 arbi
  • 200 ml coconut milk first press
  • 3 green chillies split
  • 1/4 cup red karmamani (cow peas)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 5 curry leaves
  • Salt to taste


  • Peel and cut the ash gourd into chunky pieces after removing skin. Cook with some water along with slit green chillies and couple of pieces of peeled and cubed arbi
  • Boil beans till just done. We want them cooked but not mushy
  • In a heavt bottom mix red lentil and ashgourd. Add required salt. Pour coconut milk and stir well. Let it simmer for 2-3 mins, Don't allow to boil.
  • Add the curry leaves and a teaspoon coconut oil. Switch off the heat and it is ready to be served
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