Avial

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Avial is the most celebrated curry of Kerala cuisine.It is a dry mixed vegetable curry with a coconut base which is traditionally eaten during ‘Sadya‘ or Kerala feast.It consists of various vegetables like yam,potato,brinjal,carrots,beans,potatoes steamed in a coconut gravy,served dry or as a soup.Avial is also associated with Mahabharata.It is said ,it was first cooked by Ballava or Bheem(One of the Pandava brothers) during the ‘Agyatavasa’ exile who was appointed as a chef in King Virata’s palace.Any amateur cook can try this recipe.You can also make it vegan,replace curd with lemon juice,it is already gluten free, yummy simple,nutritious,easy cooking and tastes like heaven!

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Avial

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Avial

Ingredients

    Mixed vegetables:
  • 1/2 cup carrots cut length wise
  • 1/2 cup elephant yam chopped
  • 1/2 cup drumsticks peeled and cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup zucchini chopped (use any gourd optionally)
  • 1/2 cup beans(optional)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 cup water
  • Salt as per taste
    For coconut paste:
  • 2 tbsp curd or yogurt(Replace curd with lemon juice or coconut curd if you want to make it vegan)
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • green chilly(optional)
  • 3/4th cup freshly grated coconut (use 1/4 cup coconut milk if using dry coconut)
    For tempering:
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • Few curry leaves

Instructions

  1. In a pan,boil water with salt and turmeric,add all the chopped vegetables along with salt.(boil the hard vegetables first, then the softer ones)
  2. Cook until soft.(Do not overcook the vegetables)
  3. Mix the cooked vegetables with yogurt paste
  4. In a pan,heat oil and add mustard seeds and curry leaves
  5. Add to above vegetables.

Note: Any beans,melon can be added as per your choice.Instead of yogurt, you can use coconut milk or coconut curd.If you like it sour,add a dash of lime while serving. Eat with rice or flatbread.

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