Avial is a traditional kerala recipe and an essential part of Sadya(A vegetarian Feast). This dish is prepared by cooking a variety of vegetables and mixed with coconut and yoghurt/curd and seasoned with coconut oil and curry leaves. In some regions of kerala, tamarind is used instead of curd. You may use any vegetables of your choice that are locally available. The most commonly used are yam, raw plantain, ash gourd, drumstick, carrot, beans etc.
Assorted vegetables* – 3-4 cups, cut all the veggies lengthwise
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Green chillies - 3 or 4
Water – 1.5 cups
Coconut – 1/2 cup
Jeera/Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp
Shallots - 1 or 2
Yoghurt/Curd – 1/4 cup or a little more if you like
Coconut oil – 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 to 2 sprigs
* - I used a large potato, a raw plantain, 2 carrots, 2 drumsticks and 5-6 french beans
1. Cook the vegetables with turmeric powder, green chillies, salt and water.
2. Meanwhile grind coconut, jeera and shallots coarsely without adding water. When the veggies are 3/4th cooked, add the coconut mix and combine well.
3. Cook till the vegetables are done. They shouldn't get mashed. Switch off the stove. Beat the curd well and add to the cooked vegetables. Add coconut oil and curry leaves and combine well.