Olan is an traditional keralite curry. It is served during "sadhya". Again there are different ways of preparing it. I am posting the one I learnt from my mom, grandma which is how it's made in palakkad. It tastes much better the next day,
Pumpkin- small, peeled, seeds removed and diced in thin slices
Chayote/ chow chow 1 small peeled & sliced ( ideally pooshani or elavan or winter melon is used)
Black eyed peas 1/3 cup
Coconut milk powder 1/3 cup
luke warm water 1/2 cup.
green chilli 2 slit
coconut oil 1 tbsp
turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
salt to taste
Roast the black eyed peas ina pan with little oil. Let it cool and pressure cook. In a pan add the cut vegetables, a little water to saok the pumpkin, turmeric, slit green chillies, salt and cook. Add the cooked black eyed peas to the pumpkin. Whisk the coconut mikl powder in warm water. Turn of the stove and the milk to the cooked pumpkin. Add curry leaves and i tbsp of coconut oil. Note there is no need to do tadka for olan. It goes well with sambhar, rice or chapathi.