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Girija Paati’s Olan (Vegetable Stew) Recipe - Kerala Style

Olan Kerala Vegetable stew Girijapaati's Girija Paati onam Recipe Palakkad

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A light, subtle, but surprisingly flavourful dish, Olan is a classic Kerala stew that is served in most Sadya's (traditional feasts) including during Onam. Combining fresh vegetables with traditional coconut oil, this stew is unbelievable healthy and refreshing. 

Olan Kerala Vegetable stew Girijapaati's Girija Paati onam Recipe Palakkad

Girija Paati's Palakkad Olan Recipe has been handed down from her grandmother, to her mother, then to her and now to you with lots of love.

Serves: 4

White Pumpkin / Yellavan - 500 gms
Yellow pumpkin / Mattan - 500 gms
Karamani Greens / Long Beans - 100 gms
Black-eyed beans / Karamani / Chole - 100 gms (soak for 12 hours and cook in water)
Green Chillies - 5 pieces - slit down the center (optional)
Coconut Grated - 100 gms - extract milk using 250ml water
Water - approx 2.5 cups to cook with
Coconut Oil - 25 gms
Rock Salt - approx 25 gms (based on taste)
*Snake gourd can also be added.
Curry leaves - to taste
Coconut Oil
Jaggery - 5gms


  1. Cut all the vegetables, make the coconut milk and boil the black eyed beans.
  2. In a wide pot, heat water and add the long beans, and the green chillies, cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the white pumpkin, cover and cook till half done.
  4. Add the yellow pumpkin, add water if required, cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Add salt and stir well, cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Add jaggery, cover and cook, lower flame if required.
  7. Once all vegetables are cooked add in the black-eyed beans.
  8. Switch of the flame and add in the coconut milk, stir well.
  9. Add coconut oil, curry leaves and close.
  10. Just before serving, open and stir.
  11. Serve with love.
Olan is best enjoyed with hot rice and ghee on a banana leaf, with a side of Puli Inji (Tamarind Ginger Chilli Pickle).  Olan is a great option when we want to give our tummies a break from heavy food.

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Olan Kerala Vegetable stew Girijapaati's Girija Paati onam Recipe Palakkad


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