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Onam Special – comfort mixed vegetable yoghurt curry | Avial recipe

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Onam Special- Comforting mixed vegetable yoghurt curry | avial recipe

This is another Kerala recipe that I cook, whenever I feel I want some comforting food other than moong dal payasam and mor kuzhambu. This is an enticing delicacy of Kerala, and, above all, this mild curry dish can be served along with rice, sambar to enjoy the combination of vegetables in an easier way. A coconut-rich curry that is usually made in Kerala, Tamilnadu and Karnataka. A world-renowned Kerala sadhya recipe that will be made on most special occasions and especially on Onam will not be complete without Kerala avial.

Some of us have encountered a white/pale and yellow coloured avial/aviyal based on the region. This is because in and around Tamilnadu the colour of aviyal differs. However, the consistency of aviyal also differs based on the preference of individuals. Some prefer a thick/dry curry on the other hand some prefer a pourable but yet on a semi gravy style curry. The aviyal/avial is served along with adai the curry in a pourable consistency.

Aviyal is a medley of native vegetables and tubers in a yoghurt coconut curry with mild spices. The vegetables used in the Kerala avial is playing an essential part in the taste and aesthetic view of the dish.

What are the ingredients of Kerala avial?

 According to Wikipedia 13 vegetables are used in Aviyal. Although the ingredients may differ according to the region, a general list of vegetables include

  • elephant foot yam,
  • plantain/raw banana,
  • ash pumpkin,
  • carrots,
  • beans,
  • brinjal,
  • cucumber,
  • drum stick, 
  • snack gourd 
  • broad bean
  • raw mango
  • cluster beans
  • potato
  • and bitter gourd, tomato (in some regions)

What are the Kerala avial ingredients in my recipe?

Based on the region and cook methodology the recipe differs. The sour taste of the aviyal comes from yoghurt, raw mango or tamarind pulp.

I like to add raw mango and yoghurt, and I included the jackfruit seeds in my vegetable list.

Tips for best Kerala avial

  • Chop the vegetables in moderate thickness. This will help in quick cooking and help avoiding the mushy avial.
  • Certainly, chopping the vegetables in equal size is key for aesthetic beauty as well as to ease up the cooking process.
  • Add salt while cooking the vegetables separately.
  • Cook the elephant yam separately. This will help to discord the elephant yam if it has the tendency for skin and oral itching.
  • Peel off the skin of the jackfruit seed before cooking.
  • Add raw banana after all the vegetables are added and atleast half cooked.
  • Adjust the quantity of yogurt /curd if you are using mango.
  • Use coconut oil while tempering or pour a tea spoon of coconut oil after cooking for an authentic flavour and taste.

Some more Kerala breakfast dishes

RICE CREPES | EASY NO FERMENTATION BREAKFAST– A no fermentation breakfast/dinner recipe that can be made quickly once the batter is ready.

HEALTHY FINGER MILLET PUTTU/STEAM CAKE– A healthy finger millet puttu/steam cake that can be served as a breakfast with curry or with sugar as a snack.

HEALTHY FINGER MILLET/RAGI DUMPLINGS/THIKKADI– A healthy non-veg breakfast/dinner made using finger millet and chicken.

Kerala avial

Onam Special- Comforting mixed vegetable yoghurt curry | avial recipe

Course Lunch, meals, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian

Ingredients
  

  • Raw banana-1/2 cup
  • Drumstick- 10 to 12 pieces 1/2 cup
  • Raw mango-1/4 cup
  • Jackfruit seeds-6 to 8
  • Brinjal/Eggplant-1/2 cup
  • Carrot-1/2 cup
  • Cucumber-1/2 cup
  • Yam-1/2 cup elephant foot

To Grind

  • Coconut-2 to 3 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seed-1/2 tsp
  • Green chillies-2
  • Yogurt-1 tsp

For tempering

  • Mustard seed-1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves-3 branches
  • Oil

Instructions
 

  • Chop the vegetables lengthwise.
  • Cook elephant yam in water separately.
  • Cook the remaining vegetables in water adding them one by one according to the cooking time they require.
  • Add carrot and cook for few minutes.
  • Add salt.
  • Now add drumstick and cook.
  • Add chopped jackfruit seeds.
  • Add brinjal and raw banana and cook.
  • Add cucumber and mango when the added vegetables are cooked 3/4.

Coconut paste

  • Add coconut into a blender/mixer.
  • Add cumin seed.
  • Add green chilies.
  • Add enough water and make a thick paste.
  • Add the ground paste into the vegetables.
  • Mix the paste thoroughly until everything blends together.
  • Add turmeric powder.
  • Add the cooked elephant yam. Check and taste before adding .
  • Check the salt and add if required.
  • Add yogurt/curd.

Tempering

  • Add oil in a kadai.
  • Add mustard seed and fry.
  • Add curry leaves and fry.
  • Pour the tempering over the aviyal and serve hot with meals or adai.

Notes

  • Chop the vegetables in moderate thickness.
  • Chop the vegetables in equal size for aesthetic beauty as well as to ease up the cooking process.
  • Cook the elephant yam separately. This will help to discord the elephant yam if it has the tendency for skin and oral itching.
  • Peel off the skin of the jackfruit seed before cooking.
  • Add raw banana after all the vegetables are added and cooked.
  • Adjust the quantity of yogurt /curd if you are using mango.
  • Use coconut oil while tempering for an authentic flavour and taste.
Keyword avial, aviyal, meals side dish, side dish, simple lunch dish

Some more Kerala delicacies

BUTTERMILK CURRY | MOR KULAMBU-A comforting curry made using curd/yoghurt and simple spices to enjoy with rice.

MOONG/MUNG DAL KHEER | PASI PARUPPU PAYASAM– A Kerala special moong dal payasam enriched with coconut milk.

STUFFED BANANA FRITTERS/ PAZHAM PORI– A Kerala fried snack recipe made using banana and flour.

COCONUT-FREE SARDINE RAW MANGO CURRY– A coconut-free sardine curry includes raw mango enjoy the tangy curry with piping rice.

STEAMED APPLE CAKE– A quick to make steamed fluffy cake recipe that includes apples and eggs to enjoy.

SOFT, FLUFFY & MOIST STEAMED JACKFRUIT RICE CAKE-A tropical fruit steamed cake that includes rice flour, eggs to enjoy the fluffy, spongy jackfruit cake.

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