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Olan ~ Winter Melon / Ash Gourd & Red Beans in Coconut Milk

Course Main Course
Cuisine India - Kerala, Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Calories 992kcal
Author Manju


  • 2 cups cubed Winter Melon / Ash Gourd
  • ½ cup Red Chori / Azuki Beans / Red Beans or Black Eyed Beans
  • 1 can Coconut milk
  • 3 Green Chillies / Bird’s Eye Chillies / Thai Chillies slit in half up to three quarters of the way
  • 10 Curry Leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil


  • Cook the melon/ gourd and green chillies in about ½ cup boiling water till it is fully cooked but still maintains its shape. 
  • Wash and cook the beans well – pressure cooking may work out the best. Add the beans to the cooked melon, add coconut milk, curry leaves and salt to it. Let it almost come to a boil and remove from heat. 
  • Pour the coconut oil over it when it is is still hot so as to release the flavors.
  • I usually do not temper any seasonings for olan but if you want you can temper some mustard seeds and dried red chillies and pour over the olan as well.


Calories: 992kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 86g | Saturated Fat: 76g | Sodium: 500mg | Potassium: 1197mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Vitamin C: 225.8mg | Calcium: 277mg | Iron: 19mg