I have not been able to blog for a few days as I was away from my house and was with my parents. We all did have a great time and I did get time to experiments some of the traditional dishes that i was never good at with the guidance of my mom. It turned out good and here I have it for you all. A great traditional dish that has a combination of coconut and yogurt. A mouthwatering dish of almost all Keralites is what Avial is all about.
Avial as the name says is a total mix of vegetables. This is one among the most sorted dishes in Kerala and almost found in all occasions and also made at homes for the nutritional value and the taste it holds. A traditional dish that has all the flavors and well balanced combination of the veggies. One great aspect of making avial is that, there is no hard and fast rule in choosing your veggies. you happen to have some little little leftovers of veggies, you could come of with this great dish.
For making avial , you could use veggies like carrots, drumsticks, potatoes, yam, pumpkin, Ivy Gourd( Kovakkai), yard long beans ( Achinga), Snake Gourd( Padavalanga) and Cucumber .
Serves – 5-6
All vegetables cut length wise – 1/2 cup each
Coconut Grated – 1 cup
Yogurt – 5-6 tbsp or you could use raw mango about 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Green Chilly – 3-4 nos
Garlic Cloves – 3-4 nos
Curry Leaves – a few
Coconut Oil- 2 tbsp
. Wash all the vegetables thoroughly and in a deep vessel, cook them with the salt till soft and tender on low flame. Make sure that the ones that need more time goes in first the least time consuming goes in last.
. In the meantime, make a fine paste from the grated coconut, garlic, green chilies, cumin seeds, turmeric powder and little water.
. When vegetables are done, mix in the paste and give a good mix.
. When at room temperature, mix in the yogurt.
. Drizzle with coconut oil and garnish with curry leaves and serve hot along with rice.
Note – Yogurt or the raw mango is used to bring in the sourness to the dish. You could use either of them, depending on your availability but make sure it does not get too sour.