Aviyal

 
Aviyal / Avial is yet another integral part of the sadhya. A delicious mix of different veggies cooked in a coconut-yogurt sauce. Like most dishes this too have many variations though out Kerala. One of them is the consistency of the gravy.  Some like it with more gravy and while others like it dry/semi – dry. I like the semi-dry version and that’s what I am sharing with you today.  
 
You need –
  • Raw banana – 1
  • Yam – 100 grams
  • Carrot – 1
  • Drumstick – 1
  • Beans – 10
  • Potato – 1 small
  • Yoghurt – ½ cup (Sour)
  • Grated coconut – 1 1/4 cups
  • Cumin seeds – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Fresh green chili – 1
  • Turmeric Powder – a pinch
  • Salt to taste
  • Coconut oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Curry Leaves – 1 sprig 
 
How to –
 
Wash, clean and cut all the veggies into lengthwise (about 2’ inch pieces).
In heavy bottom pan, put the cut veggies along with 1/2 cup water. Cover and cook till just about done. (Do not over cook. Keep the veggies crisp). Uncover and continue to cook for a couple of minutes till the water is almost reduced to 1/4 (or if you want more gravy then don’t let the water evaporate). 
 
In a blender, coarsely blend together grated coconut, chili, and cumin seeds without adding any water. Add this mixture to the veggies along with yogurt, curry leaves and mix gently till well combined.
 
Turn off the heat and drizzle the coconut oil and mix well cover and let it sit for a couple of minutes before you serve.
 
 
 
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