Monday, April 27, 2009

Aviyal - mixture of vegetables in exotic coconut sauce..!!

Aviyal is an inevitable part of Kerala cuisine.. One of the essentials in the Kerala Sadya/feast. It is a mixture of many vegetables lightly spiced with a special coconut gravy and flavoured in coconut oil and curry leaves. The vegetables commonly used are carrots, cucumber, raw banana, yam, drum sticks and ivy gourd.

In my recipe of avial here, i have used carrot, cucumber ,raw banana and ivy gourd.
Ingredients You need:
One Cucumber
Carrots - 2nos
Raw banana - 1no
ivy gourd - 8 nos
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Chilly powder - 1 tsp
3 sprigs of curry leaves
Finely grated Coconut – 1 cup
Green chillies – 6
Cumin seeds – 1/4 teaspoon
Small onions - 4 nos
Coconut oil – 2 tbsp
Sour Curd or small piece of tamarind ( I normally use tamarind as the curd we get here is not that sour)
Salt - to taste

  • Put tamarind ball (small size) in some hot water for the juice.
  • Cut all the vegetables into 1 inch length pieces.
  • Put all the cut vegetables in a pan with the turmeric powder, chilly powder and salt and boil (Add enuf water to cook the veggies)
  • To prepare the coconut mixture put grated coconut, chopped small onions, green chillies, a sprig of curry leaves and cumin seeds into a blender and grind it into a crushed form.
  • When theveggies are almost cooked, the water will evaporated by then, add the extracted tamarind juice and boil for 2-3 minutes.
  • Now add the crushed coconut mixture into the cooked veggies and allow the coconut flavor to blend in with the veggies. Cover it cooked till the water is evaporated and veggies are well cooked. Do a salt test.
  • Finally add the coconut oil and the remaining curry leaves to the aviyal which brings in the real flavour of kerala cusine.

I am sending this Aviyal to WYF Side dish event


Vrinda said...

Aviyal looks perfect..Instead of tamarind water i add beaten yogurt in the end..i like the smell of aviyal Onavum Vishuvum orma varum...

Pavithra said...

avial is looking good, its my favourite too..Feel like having now

Pooja said...

Avial looks perfect and yummy :)

5 Star Foodie said...

Veggies in coconut sauce sounds wonderful! Yum!

EC said...

Wow..wonderful colour..we make it once in a while. thanks for the entry

Vishali said...

thats a nice Avial with all the healthy veggies in it.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. and, good to know u are from RI. I am from MA.

Malar Gandhi said...

Picture loo kool, lovely flowers on the side. Aviyal sounds delish!!

Little Poetess said...

Nice and it looks yummy!

Renuka said...

@Vrinda: Thank for the comment..I havnt tried it with yoghurt yet..
@Pavitra: Thanks.. I think most of the mallus like aviyal..
@Pooja: Thanks for the comment..
@5 star Foodie: Thanks.. You should try this..

Renuka said...

@EC: Thanks.. I make it once in a week :)..we both like it..
@Vishali: Thanks..You have got a great blog..
@Malar: Thanks for the comment :)
@Little poetes: Thank you :)

Hema said...

Avial looks perfect. Thanks for visiting my blog. You have nice pics in your blog.

Dhanya Nambirajan said...

Avial looks colorful,creamy and delicous. One of my favourite kerala dishes:).