Vishu Sadhya Recipes

Vishu Recipes

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

OIan Recipe - Easy and Quick Potato Oalan Recipe

Olan Recipe
Festivals always takes me back to my childhood days and brings a nostalgic mood.  All festival  begins with my mom being busy in the kitchen from the eve of the festival either it be onam, diwali, vishu etc.,. Usually during Onam and Vishu it is said that the sadhya/feast should be prepared before 12' O clock and the first sadhya will be served to Lord Krishna and then to the family members.  

Olan Recipe
My  mom starts  the preparation early in the morning, with dad helping in cutting vegetables and preparing coconut milk, and me my sister wandering playfully with tummy full of sweets and savories.  During festive days she prepares this this simple olan recipe with potato and shallots stewed in coconut milk. I cannot say this as typical Kerala style olan but sure to taste good.
Olan Recipe

Olan Recipe  - Ingredients:
Preparation: 15 mins | Cooking time: 15 mins | Recipe cuisine: Indian | Category: Side dish | Serves : 3

Potato  - 2 medium
Shallots  - 1/2 cup (thinly sliced)
Green chili - 2 nos
Second coconut milk(thin)  - 1 cup
First coconut milk(thick)  - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste

To temper:
Coconut oil  -   2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Red chili  - 2 nos
Curry leaves  - a sprig

1. Pressure cook the potatoes for 2 whistles, peel it, roughly mash it and keep aside.
2. In a bowl cook the sliced shallots, green chili, and salt with little water until soft and raw smell leaves.
3. Add the roughly mashed potatoes and thin coconut milk(second) into it and simmer it for 5 mins and the milk is reduced.
4. Once it is cooked well in coconut milk add the thick milk and gently stir for another one min.
5. Remove from fire and season it with the tempering.

Allow it to stand for 10 to 15 mins before serving. Serve and enjoy the feast.
Olan Recipe


  • This curry tends to thick as potatoes are added. It will be a semi thick consistency. 
  • After adding first coconut milk no need to stir for a long time. 


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