aviyal recipe, aviyal recipe in malayalam
avial recipe by veg recipe of india
1 cup chopped ash gourd (white pumpkin, winter melon, petha)
1 cup chopped pumpkin
1 cup chopped drumsticks or 1 to 2 drumsticks (moringa pods, sahjan ki phalli)
1 cup chopped elephant foot yam (suran)
1 cup chopped mangalore cucumber (field marrow, madras cucumber)
1 cup chopped plantain (raw unripe banana)
½ cup chopped french beans (green beans)
For Coconut Paste
1 cup fresh grated coconut
2 to 3 green chilies
1 teaspoon cumin
⅓ to ½ cup water, for grinding
1 cup water, for cooking veggies
1 cup Curd (yogurt), beaten
12 to 15 curry leaves
1 to 2 tablespoons coconut oil
Firstly rinse all the veggies with fresh water. Then drain all the water.
Then peel and chop them in medium to long thick sticks or batons. Keep aside.
For chopped unripe banana, keep them immersed in water so that they do not darken.
Beat 1 cup fresh curd with wired whisk and keep aside.
Making Coconut Paste
In a grinder take 1 cup grated coconut, 1 teaspoon cumin seeds and 2 to 3 green chilies (chopped).
Add ⅓ to ½ cup water and grind to a coarse paste. Keep this coconut paste aside.
Take the vegetables which take a longer time to cook in a pan or pot. I have added carrots, drumsticks and green beans (french beans) first.
If the drumsticks are very tender then add them later with veggies that take less time to cook. I added at this step as I had
drumsticks which take a longer time to cook.
Sprinkle ½ teaspoon turmeric powder and salt as per taste.
Add 1 cup water and stir well.
Cover the pan and keep it on a stove top on medium-low to medium flame.
Simmer till the vegetables are half cooked.
Then add the remaining vegetables which take less time to cook. At this step I have added plantain, mangalore cucumber (field marrow), ash gourd and pumpkin.
Mix it with the remaining half cooked vegetables.
Cover and continue to cook on medium-low to medium flame.
In between do check and if the water dries, you can always add more water.
Simmer till the vegetables are almost cooked.
Add the ground coconut paste.
Mix gently but well.
Let the mixture simmer for some 5 to 7 minutes or till the veggies are completely cooked. They should hold shape. So do not cook them too much. If the mixture becomes dry, then add some water.
When all the veggies are cooked and softened, then reduce the flame to a low. Add the whisked curd.
Mix gently. And simmer for a minute and switch off the flame.
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons coconut oil.
Also add 12 to 15 curry leaves. Mix well. Then cover and let the flavors infuse for 5 minutes.
Serve avial with steamed rice, kerala sambar, pickle and some papadums. It makes for a healthy, filling and satisfying lunch or dinner.