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Mar 18, 2012

Olan - (using ashgourd/ilavan)

Olan is a very simple watery vegetable preparation which can be used as a side dish or can be mixed with rice for a main course if you want keep your cooking simple. Sharing with you the olan that is made using ashgourd (poosani / bhopla / ilavan). Can also be prepared using Pumpkin (parangikai / manjal poosani / kadhdhu)

Ashgourd helps in weight reduction.

Ingridients :

  1. Ashgourd - 1 Cup (sliced)
  2. cow peas - 1 tbsp (black eyed beans / chawli)
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Coconut Oil - 1 tbsp
  5. Coconu Milk - 2 tbsp
  6. Sugar - 1/4 tsp
  7. Green chilli - 2 nos
  8. Water to cook the vegetable
Procedure :
  • Thinly slice the ashgourd, Pour water to cover it.
  • Add salt, vertically sliced green chilli, sugar to it and cook
  • Pressure cook the cow peas till they become tender
  • Add the cooked cow peas to the pumpkin preparation.
  • When the pumpkin pieces turn transparent & tender, add coconut oil,  coconut milk and mix well. cook for 30 seconds and remove from fire
Variations :
  1. Instead of coocnut milk, regular cow milk can also be used but to be added only after removing from fire.
  2. Instead of adding oil directly, you can heat little oil, add curry leaves and then add it as a tempering to the prepared dish and add the milk.
  3. you can drink it as soup by without adding or reducing oil & milk.
  4. If you keep it little thick, use as a side dish, if made watery, use it as a main dish to be eaten with plain rice.
  5. Adding cow peas is optional


வை.கோபாலகிருஷ்ணன் said...

Good & simple process is explained.;)

Usha Srikumar said...

My fav dish...We make it with Poosani and parangikkai and cowpeas...

Mahi said...

Looks simple n yummy!

Mira said...

Thank you Gopu sir.

Ushaben, yes we too make mixed. But mostly we prepare with ashgourd as it leaves a nice aroma to the dish. Thank you.

Thanks Mahi

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