Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Avial/Mixed vegetables in coconut gravy

Avial, as we all know is a Kerala speciality dish which we Tamilians also make at home. I got this recipe from my sister. She got it from our aunty who is a great cook. I got these delicious kachaudi-dal and Tomato thokku recipes too from her. I am not sure how authentic this recipe is, but it tasted mouth watering delicous. My sister specifically mentioned that adding curd/yogurt to the avial gives it an unique taste. Since I have stopped using dairy prodcuts in cooking, I did not add it. Looks like, tamarind extract would be a good substitute. I did not add both, still it tasted good. I will try adding tamarind extract the next time.
Ingredients for avial to serve 5 adults

Mixed vegetables: 5 cups(white pumpkin is a must, other than that I added carrot, beans, chayote/chow chow and mochai kottai(don't know its English name). Potato, yellow pumpkin, cluster beans(kothavarangai in tamil), sword beans(avarekkai in tamil) etc are few more vegetables that can be added)I think beetroot and mushy vegetables like okra/ladies finger are not preferred) Coconut Oil: 2 tsp Grated coconut: 1/2 cup Tamarind extract: around 1/4 cup(extract from a tsp of tamarind, I haven't tried this yet) Dried red chilly: 2 to 3 long Jeera/Cumin seeds: 1 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder: 1/4 tsp Curry leaves: 10 to 15 leaves Salt to taste
For seasoning

Coconut oil: 1 tsp Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp Curry leaves: 5 to 10 leaves
Procedure

1. Clean the vegetables and cut them into 1 to 1 1/2 inch long wedges. 2. Add coconut oil, turmeric powder and curry leaves to the vegatables and mix well. 3. Pressure cook the vegetables(without adding water to the vegetables). Allow just 1 whistle and switch off the stove. Otherwise cook like how we do for idli without putting the "weight". Basically the vegetables should be overcooked. 4. Gring coconut, red chily and jeera in a mixer to a smooth paste(add water if needed) 5. Transfer the vegetables in a pan/kadai and place in the stove on medium heat. If adding tamarind extract, add it now and allow it to cook for around 5 to 10 minutes till the raw smell of tamarind goes away. 6. Add the coconut paste and salt to the vegetables and mix well. Let it cook for 5 to 10 minutes. 7. Remove from heat. 8. For the seasoning, in a small pan add 1 tspof coconut oil. Add mustard when the oil is hot.When the mustard splutters, add the curry leaves. Add this to the avial and mix. 9. Serve with hot rice and papad.

24 comments:

  1. Wow Priya, wat a fantastic click, feel like finishing that whole plate, my all time favourite dish..

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  2. looks awesome! love avial anytime a very satisfying dish!
    TC

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  3. Wow looks very fantastic..with this gorgeous picture, it feels like getting some from the screen itself..

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  4. My favorite,looks very beautiful,I sometimes over cook the veggies :( But urs is so perfect!

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  5. such a wonderful pic! Awesome..so delicious..

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  6. love the colour of the dish..great snap

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  7. Priya,

    In kerala, we don't add any tempering. We use green chili to grind also.You can make avial with mango, curd and tamarind. Nice click

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  8. I simple love aviyal with sambar..all time favorite...I like to add little bit of curd to the dish and grind chillies with coconut...

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  9. Wow Aviyal looks lovely.Nice clicks
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  10. lovely picture..loooks delicious.

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  11. we love Avial... we are from kerala and we make Avial slightly different.. we grind coconut with green chili.. and we also add little curd...

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  12. Looks so colourful and delicious! We don't do tempering for avial.. and adding green mango pieces instead of tamarind gives a gr8 taste!

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  13. I love Avial with rice. Its a delicious dish. Beautiful picture Priya!

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  14. Wow amazing presentation,looks very tempting..Green mango definetly adds a fruity and a tangy touch..great recipe..

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  15. Nice clicks and awesome presentation Priya .. one of my long time search recipe ..

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  16. Green mango definetly adds a fruity and a tangy touch.

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  17. Thanks for the recipe! Delicious, I love the mango flavor that added to the recipe!

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  19. Have a super day. please keep up the great work i would love to hear more like this. Thanks for the review.

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  20. This avialmixed vegetables in coconut gravy is just one of the vegetarian recipes which I can make easily at home, now that my father's birthday is upcoming soon.

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