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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Olan Recipe



Ingredients: 
5 cups chopped winter melon (26 oz or 750 gms)also called ash gourd, kumbalangi, poosanikai
1/2 cup black eyes peas(also called lobia, karamani)
2 green chilies or to taste
3 tablespoon of warm coconut oil
1/2 cup coconut milk 
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
A few curry leaves
1 1/2 cup water

Preparation: Cook beans in one cup of water until it is soft but still retains it shape.  Takes 15 to 20 minutes.  The excess water will get absorbed.

While the beans are cooking prepare the winter melon.  Remove the skin and chop it into same size cubes.

Cook the winter melon with 1/2 cup water, green chilies and curry leaves until it is soft but retaining its shape.  Takes about 10 minutes.  When the winter melon is cooked add the cooked black eyed peas, salt, the warm coconut oil, coconut milk powder turn the heat off and serve.  Serves 4. 

This is a very tasty dish from Kerala and Tamil Nadu.  It is a favourite curry served during festivals and otherwise.


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