How to Cook Olan (Keralan Black Eye Pea Stew With Pumpkin)

by Sunny Flemingo

This is a creamy vegan side dish that is so tasty. This comfort dish with a serve of rice or appam (rice pancake) makes a blissful meal any day in my household.


  • 300 Grams Diced Pumpkin
  • ½ Cups Black Eye Peas
  • ¾ Cups Grated Coconut
  • 2 Teaspoons Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon Chilli Powder
  • ¼ Teaspoons Turmeric Powder
  • ¼ Teaspoons Black Mustard Seeds
  • 1 Sprig Curry Leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Soak Black Eye Peas in water for 3-4 hours. Cook in pressure cooker till its cooked through but not mush.

    Step 2

    Once cooked, add pumpkin, salt, turmeric and chilli powder. Cook till pumpkin is soft.

    Step 3

    Now dry toast the cumin seeds

    Step 4

    Using a mortar and pestle, finely grind the cumin seeds. Later ass in the grated coconut and continue to grind it to a smooth paste.

    Step 5

    Add the paste to the pumpkin and black eye peas. Allow to cook for 5-8 minutes. Season it. Taste and adjust the spice accordingly. Now you can remove it from the flame.

    Step 6

    In a skillet, heat some oil. Now its time to temper some black mustard seeds. Once it pops - add the curry leaves and fry till aromatic.

    Step 7

    Garnish the stew with the tempered spice.

    Step 8

    Enjoy this with hot rice or appam.