Olan is the most popular dish in Kerala cuisine. It goes well with both rotis and rice. The process of making this dish is very simple. It is easily digestible as it contains less oil and no spice.

I have prepared this recipe avoiding coconut milk and yellow pumpkin.

Here comes the recipe


  • One cup of cow peas
  • 100 gms of ash gourd
  • One chow chow (chayote squash)
  • Two green chillies
  • One tsp  cooking oil
  • 1/4 tsp  asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp  turmeric powder
  • One cup of toned milk
  • One tsp corn flour
  • Few curry leaves
  • Salt as required


  1. Soak cow peas overnight and pressure cook the cow peas with enough salt and water.
  2. Cut ash gourd and chow chow into squares.
  3. Slit green chillies.
  4. In a Kadai, cook ash gourd, chow chow green chillies with  enough salt, turmeric powder, hing and water till the vegetables get completely cooked.
  5. Add the cooked cow peas and boil for 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Mix corn flour with  milk and add to the cooked vegetables.
  7. Pour hot oil tempered with curry leaves  to the cooked vegetables.
  8. Serve hot with rotis.

5 Responses to Olan

  1. shoba says:

    Thanks for the easy & wonderful receipe sharadhaji, i was just wondering is corn/cornflour is good for diabetes?


  2. Sharadha says:

    Hi Shoba,
    Recipes containing corn flour as a major ingredient ( substantial quantity) is not recommended for diabetics. In this recipe, I have used just 5 gms of corn flour and this does not make any marked variation in blood sugar level. How ever, if somebody wants to avoid corn flour, can still make this dish excluding corn flour and the taste will remain same.

  3. N.sita. says:

    Dear Sharadha Madam,
    Vasantha Mami told about your tasty preparation of food for diabetes&obesity.we also gone through your website.Each receipe with photes are very appealing&tempting to do.Today i tried Palak&channa dhal.It came out very well.It was easy to make&tasty also. Thank you.

    • Sharadha says:

      Hi Sita
      Glad to note that the recipe palak & channa dal turnedout well for you. Please keep trying all my recipes and give your feed back which will enable me to post new recipes that will suit diabetics. Thanks a lot.

  4. manila says:

    Hi Sharadha,

    Very nice recipe.

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