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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Olan version 2

Olan is a traditional dish my mom makes. A while ago I shared my olan recipe which is closer to the traditional one...

This olan recipe is an adaptation of my mom's recipe in that I added a few ingredients that are not quite traditional, and adjusted the flavors to suit D's taste better.

veggies for olan: snake beans, kabocha squash (or any sweet yellow squash like butternut or acorn), baby corn, opo squash or ash gourd, canned green jackfruit
about 4 or 5 cups of chopped veggies in all
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup whole milk(maybe more)
1 Tbsp cumin powder
2 Tbsp coriander powder
½ tsp turmeric powder
1-2 green chilies (slit lengthwise)
4-5 curry leaves (reserve some for garnish)
4 Tbsp coconut oil


chop the vegetables to fairly uniform chunks and cook them individually with a pinch of salt till tender but not mushy; canned green jackfruit and canned baby corn don't really need to be cooked

heat oil in a pan, add the curry leaves and slit green chilies, sauté a bit, then add the cooked veggies, coconut milk, turmeric powder, cumin and coriander powders, and adjust salt to taste; simmer gently till flavors meld

add the milk, a little at a time; stir gently till well incorporated, on low heat, so milk doesn't curdle; add enough milk to submerge the vegetables

off heat garnish with some of the reserved curry leaves and green chilies

serve warm with rice or roti

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