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Kumbalanga Olan - Ashgourd Curry with Cowpeas and Coconut Milk

Kumbalanga Olan traditional kerala recipe
Kumbalanga Olan - Ashgourd Curry with Cowpeas and Coconut Milk

Ingredients of Kumbalanga Olan :

Serves:8

This olan is one of the eight dishes served at feasts.

  1. ½ cup red cowpeas (lobia)
  2. 200 gms ashgourd (petha)
  3. 6 green chillies, slit
  4. 1 tsp salt
  5. 1 + 1 stalks curry leaves
  6. 1 cup coconut milk (1st extract)
  7. 2 ½ tsp oil

Method of Preparation of Kumbalanga Olan :

  • Wash cowpeas and soak overnight in water.
  • Drain, rinse, and place in a pressure cooker with ¾ cup water. Cook under pressure for 10-15 minutes.
  • Peel ashgourd, green chillies, salt and 1 stalk curry leaves in a pan with ¾ cup water and cook over high heat for 30 minutes till tender.
  • Mash ashgourd lightly, mix in cowpeas and coconut milk, and simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in oil and 1 stalk curry leaves, mix well and serve.

Variation: While cowpeas remain a constant, cucumber or unripe papaya can be substituted for ashgourd. However in a feast ashgourd is considered essential.

Kumbalanga Olan traditional kerala recipe
Kumbalanga Olan - Ashgourd Curry with Cowpeas and Coconut Milk

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