2012-09-29- Kerala Olan Recipe and Veggie Pate [Anand and Ralph]

Kerala Olan Recipe
Olan is a super simple pumpkin dish from the state of Kerala.


Pumpkin 4 cups
Cow Peas (Van Payar) 1/2 cup
Green Chilli 4
Coconut milk 2 cups
Curry Leaf few
Coconut Oil 1 tbsp

1. Soak the peas overnight and cook it in pressure cooker. I cooked for only 1 whistle to get a cooked but still not mushy peas. You can also used black eyed peas as a substitute. Drain and keep aside. I save the water and add it back to the curry.

2. Cut the pumpkin into small pieces. Ideally white pumpkin should be used. Yellow can also be used. Some people mix the two in equal quantities. My mom made it with yellow pumpkin.

3. Add the pumpkin and slit green chillies to a pan. Add about a cup of water. Cook in medium flame covered till the pumpkin is cooked, but still retains its shape. Most of the water was drained for me by this time.

4. Add the cooked cow peas, coconut milk and salt. Add the reserved water as needed.

5. Simmer. Do not cook in high heat after coconut milk is added to any dish as it will curdle.

6. Switch off and season. Take a small pan. Add coconut oil. You can use any oil, but the coconut oil gives it its unique taste. Add curry leaves and add to the curry. You can add curry leaves directly with the peas and then finally add the coconut oil just to the top of the curry

Serve with rice.

Veggie Pate

½ cup of raw Pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup of raw Sunflower seeds
½ cup whole wheat four
1 Tsp baking soda
½ stp salt, or to taste
½ cup vegetable oil
2 Tsp lemon juice
1 potato, peeled and chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and sliced
4 green onions chooped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 ½ cup vegetable broth (flavor of your choice)
1 tsp ginger, grated
Spices: Italian herbs, black pepper, dry mustard, sage, basil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 8x8 inch baking dish.
In a food processor, blend all ingredients. Process the mixture until almost smooth.
Transfer mixture to the baking dish. Bake in the preheated oven 1 hour, or until bubbly and lightly browned.

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