Olan – Azuki beans with coconut milk

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Hope you are having a great Thursday .I’m slowly getting my new site updated with plugins and figuring out stuff . It has been quite busy but  interesting as well.Please let me know if you face any issues accessing my site .I have also set the site re-direct from my old site, so some of the issues my readers were facing should be resolved now. I would appreciate  feedback on any problems you come across , so  I can look into it.Thank you so much for your patience and support as always.I hope to create a post with my experiences moving to the self hosted server once I’m settled .It will hopefully benefit many others who plan to go self hosted as well.

In the midst of  these changes , our New Year “Vishu “, celebrated in Kerala ,a souther state in India went by last week . Like every year ,I could not let it pass without  a feast of our Kerala “sadya”(feast of many traditional items served on a banana leaf) . For those who are my new subscribers and missed the post from last year , here is a link to it. One of the most loved recipes of the sadya at home is ‘Olan’ .It is a very simple dish with very simple ingredients but  tastes out of the world.The main ingredients are ash-gourd or white pumpkin , red azuki beans , green chillies and coconut milk. I usually soak the azuki beans a day in advance and pressure cook it with ash-gourd and green chillies for about 3 whistles till it is well done. Once the steam is released ,all you need to do is add coconut milk , curry leaves and a spoon of coconut oil .Voila! you are done and it tastes really good .As you can see it has very simple ingredients .The combination of ash-gourd and beans blends in so well. Hope you try this sometime if you have not and let me know how you like it .Happy cooking!

5 from 1 vote
Olan - Azuki beans with coconut milk
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

A delicious dish made with azuki beans, ash gourd and coconut milk usually made suring festivals and part of the traditional sadya

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6 people
  • 2 cups ash-gourd
  • 2 cups azuki beans
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 3 -4 green chillies
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. Soak the azuki beans overnight or for about 5 to 6 hours.

  2. Pressure cook the beans with chopped ash-gourd and green chillies for about 3 whistles.

  3. When the steam is released , add coconut milk and salt.

  4. Add curry leaves.

  5. Bring it to a boil .Add the coconut oil

  6. Enjoy with rice or roti, best goes with sadya or Kerala feast.

Recipe Notes

Fresh or canned coconut milk can be used

olan a simple and delicious side dish

olan is a traditional dish served during festivals





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  • Sumith
    April 20, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Vishu beautifully explained with this simple and delicious Plan!! Hope you had a great vishu. In between those photographs are charming..

    • admininspiresn
      April 20, 2018 at 1:16 pm

      Thank you Sumith for the kind words, appreciate it. Yes indeed very simple and yet so delicious.Vishu was well spent cooking and with family.hope you had a good one as well.

  • Megala
    April 20, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Wow ! I love olan, a traditional delightful curry, your photos tempt me to try in this weekend ! 🙂

    • admininspiresn
      April 20, 2018 at 1:18 pm

      Hello Megala, Thank you so much for your support and comment . I’m so glad you love it and that it inspires you to try making it. I would love to see your version as well ..

  • Ramyarecipes
    April 20, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Nice combination , looks delicious 😋

    • admininspiresn
      April 20, 2018 at 1:19 pm

      Thank you so much Ramya for your comments and support .I’m glad you love this combination .It’s worth trying out ..you will definitely love it!

  • indianeskitchen
    April 20, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Your site is awesome! My gosh your pictures are gorgeous along with the fabulous recipes! Great job!

    • admininspiresn
      April 20, 2018 at 1:39 pm

      Aww..Thank you so much Diane for your kind words. It was a little overwhelming sometime, but well worth the effort 🙂 .I appreciate your support.

      • indianeskitchen
        April 20, 2018 at 1:41 pm

        It definitely was worth the effort!

        • admininspiresn
          April 20, 2018 at 1:43 pm

          👍😘 Thank you 🙏

  • Greedyeats -Neha
    April 21, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    What a lovely traditional curry! I am in love with your beautiful shots.

    • admininspiresn
      April 22, 2018 at 2:21 am

      Thank you so much Neha! So happy to hear that 🙂

  • Neetha
    April 21, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Such a wonderful pos. Love this curry

    • admininspiresn
      April 22, 2018 at 2:13 am

      Thank you Neetha, glad you like it!

  • Rini
    April 22, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    This reminds me of an Asian dessert that we have, except we don’t use chillies in it. That must give it a nice kick.

    • admininspiresn
      April 22, 2018 at 11:56 pm

      That’s interesting to know Rini. This is more like a savory dish.It has mild spice and the coconut milk of course tones down the spice!

  • iScriblr
    April 22, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Wow! Looks wonderful! Great post! 🙂

    • admininspiresn
      April 22, 2018 at 11:57 pm

      Thank you so much, appreciate it!

  • a little Swiss, a little Canadian
    April 28, 2018 at 2:10 am

    Your site looks amazing Nisha! This dish looks very tasty!😋

  • Dietitian Mom
    March 17, 2019 at 6:38 am

    5 stars
    How delicious! Red beans is one of my favorites. I am sure it makes such a wonderful combination with the ash gourd! 🙂

    • InspiresNish
      March 18, 2019 at 12:14 am

      Thank you so much , yes indeed it’s a delicious combination 🙂

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