Sunday, 8 July 2012

Avial


One good thing about Avial is that you can use whatever vegetable is available in your kitchen. Most of them will go well in Avial.
Ingredients
Snake gourd(Padavalanga) 
Drumsticks(Muringakkai) 
Carrots
Raw banana(Paccha Ethakkai)
Cucumber(Vellarikka)
Kathirikka (Brinjal) 
Yam(Chena) - I don't use it but my mom does :)
A balanced mixture of all the above veggies, cut into long pieces (unlike how you do it for sambhar) - 3 cups
Yogurt – ¼ cup
Coconut – 1 to 1.5 cup
Green chillies Slit – 2 to 3 or as per your taste
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp 
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Shallots (Kunjulli) sliced – 6 nos
Curry leaves – A few
Mustard
Salt – As reqd
Coconut oil – 4 tbsp
Method
  • Chop all the vegetables in medium length and cook it along with the green chillies with little bit water and salt.
  • In a mixer coarsely grind grated coconut , cumin powder (or seeds will also do) , turmeric powder ,2 or 3 curry leaves.
  • Add this to the veggies, cover and cook.
  • Once the veggies are cooked, add the yogurt to the cooked vegetables and combine well. Simmer for a minute and remove from fire. You can avoid adding yogurt if you don't want to. My mom does not add yogurt :). Some people add raw tomatoes to get a sour taste or raw mango.
  • Drizzle a table spoon of coconut oil and some curry leaves and serve warm.
  • Alternatively heat the coconut oil in a pan, add the curry leaves, mustard and the shallots and add to the avial.
  • Serve with rice.



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