Monday, September 29, 2008

Olan

It amazes me that different cuisines use the same ingredients and come up with deliciously different dishes. Black eyed peas and red pumpkin are used to make Olan as well as to make "Chora ane Kola nu Shaak" in Gujarat.

Olan
Ingredients
1 1/2 cup black eyed peas (I used frozen)
1 1/2 cup butternut squash, peeled & cubed
3-4 green chilies, slit
salt to taste
2 sprigs curry leaves
1 tsp coconut oil + as needed
1 cup coconut milk (I used reduced fat)

Method
1. Add black eyed peas, chilies and squash in a big saucepan. Add 1/4 cup water. Bring to boil. Switch the gas to low & simmer for about 20 minutes or till done.
2. Add curry leaves, coconut milk, salt and coconut oil.
3. Simmer for 7 minutes.
4. While serving you can drizzle a few drops of coconut oil in the individual bowl.

Note -
1. Butternut squash is a good substitute for the red pumpkin.

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