Olan is a Kerala dish (stew) prepared with coconut milk as base, ash gourd (kumbalanga) and red cow peas (vanpayar) as main ingredients. This is a simple recipe with minimal ingredients, yet so flavourful.

Olan is served as a part of Kerala Onam Sadhya but it is a wonderful accompaniment for regular south Indian lunch menu too. Since it is similar to stew, you can have it with appam, idiyappam too.

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