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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY !
Today I would like to share a simple vegetarian dish .Olan is one of the most simple gravy dish. A delicious curry with pumpkin and long beans stewed in coconut milk and flavored with curry leaves and coconut oil.So simple and so tasty. It is prepared with Ash Gourd (Winter Melon) or with pumpkin. The ingredients slightly differ depending on your geographical location in Kerala. :) South Kerala it is prepared along with red lentils. North Kerala the preparation is with long beans. But what remains the same is that the veggies are cooked in coconut milk. And it is one of the very few dishes in which turmeric and other spices are not added. Onasadya (Onam Feast) is not complete without olan.
Ash gourd/Winter Melon - 1/2 piece of a medium melon
Long beans - 1/4 kg
Chilly - 2-3
Thick Coconut Milk- 1 cup
Salt - as required
Curry leaves- 2 sprigs
Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
Chop melon into 1 inch thin slices.
Chop beans into 1 inch long pieces.
Cook melon and beans in very little water along with salt and chilly.
When cooked add coconut milk. Heat slightly (Do not bring to boil).Remove from heat.
Pour the coconut oil on top and garnish with curry leaves.
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