"Olan, A keralan delicacy made using Ash gourd and cooked karamani. Whole dish is simmered in rich coconut milk sauce. "
Kerala Olan is a main dish served in onam sadya. It is a very delicate dish which is made using ash gourd and karamani. This is cooked in second coconut milk and then finished with first extract of coconut milk.
Olan is normally served as a side with any spicy curry like sambar. But you can enjoy it with some hot rice as well.
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Onam is one of Kerala's most awaited annual festivals and is celebrated with much grandeur. The 10-day long fiesta is celebrated during the harvest period of late August and early September to celebrate the homecoming of Kerala's mythical king Mahabali.
What is Sadhya?
Sadhya is a feast of Kerala origin and of importance to all Malayalis, consisting of a variety of traditional vegetarian dishes usually served on a banana leaf in Kerala as lunch. It means banquet in Malayalam. Sadhya is typically served as a traditional dish for Onam, the state festival of Kerala.
Onam Sadhya Menu
The main dish is plain boiled rice, served along with other dishes collectively called Kootu which include curries like parippu, sambar, rasam, pulisseri and others like kaalan, avial, thoran, olan, pachadi, kichadi, koottukari, erissery, mango pickle, pulinji, naranga achaar (lime pickle), as well as papadam, plantain chips, sharkara upperi, banana, plain curd and buttermilk.
Buttermilk is typically served near the end of the meal. The traditional dessert called payasam served at the end of the meal is of many kinds and usually three or more are served. Some of the varieties are Paal Ada, Ada Pradhaman, Paripu pradhaman, chakkapradhaman, etc.
Check out Onam Sadya Lunch Menu
The dishes are served on specific places on the banana leaf in specific order. For example, the pickles are served on the top left corner and the banana on the bottom left corner, which helps the waiters to easily identify and decide on offering additional servings.
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Olan Recipe | Kerala Olan
- Ash Gourd / Thadiyangai / White Pumpkin - 2 cup chopped
- Cooked Karamani - ½ cup
- Second Extract Coconut Milk - 2 cups
- Salt to taste
- Green Chillies - 2 slit
- Curry leaves a sprig
- Salt to taste
- First Extract Coconut Milk - 1 cup
- Take ash gourd, cooked karamani, green chillies, curry leaves and salt in a pan.
- Add in second extract coconut milk and cook covered till vegetable is cooked.
- Now take it off the heat and add in first extract of coconut milk.
- Mix well and serve.
2)Turn off the heat when adding thicker first coconut milk, else it may curdle.
3)You can add sliced ginger in this curry
4)You can add more green chillies if you want this to be spicy.
5)Adding a drizzle of coconut oil in the end adds so much flavour.
Kerala Olan step by step recipe
1)Take Ashgourd (white pumpkin) / Thadiyangai and green chillies, curry leaves in a kadai.
2)I cubed it
3)Add in second extract of coconut milk. You will be using thinner coconut milk.
4)Add in cooked karamani.
5)Cook till the ash gourd is cooked.
6)Season with salt.
7)now the vegetable is cooked
8)Add in the thicker first extract coconut milk and take it off the heat.