'Kerala' Fondly Referred to as 'God's Own Country' not only holds a spectacular destination spot for tourist but also an amazing Paradise for Epicures...Kerala Cuisine is famous for its Unique traditional recipes and the mild spices used in the dishes leaves an Unforgettable Zest to the Tongue...
All Most Every dish prepared in Kerala has Coconut and the spices which goes into the dish makes it special and tastier in its own way...
Among many other finger licking dishes I think Avial is one dish which stands out from everything else..It is surprising to know that this delicious nutritious dish is made from the left over veggies...As this dish demands no particular vegetables, so almost any vegetables can be added according to their individual taste preference...
During My growing-up years I remember this was one Requisite dish which was always present on any special occasions or during any celebrations...People who apprise the aroma of pure Coconut oil would surely fall in love with this dish as this dish calls for coconut oil,which in deed helps in taking the flavor to the next level...
1)1/2 cup potato chopped length wise
2)1/2 cup Chopped Tondekayi/Tindora
3)1/2 cup chopped Drumstick
4)1/2 cup Chopped unripe mango(optional)
5)1/2 cup chopped carrots
6)1/2 Cup beans
8)1 tsp jeera/cumin
9)5 to 6 green chillies
10)1 cup curds(should be at room temperature)
11)small piece Tamarind
12)3 Tbsp Coconut oil( or any cooking oil)
13)pinch of Haldi/Turmeric
14)1 cup fresh grated coconut
1)Take a big kadai,add all the veggies starting from the hardest,add little water until the veggies are immersed 3/4th.
2)Add a tsp of coconut oil and allow it to cook(takes around 15 to 20 min) by covering the lid.
3)Meanwhile make a fine paste of coconut,jeera,tamarind,turmeric and green chillies by adding little water.(the paste should be thick and smooth)
4)When the veggies are half way through add the freshly grounded coconut paste,curds,salt and adjust according to the required consistency(generally Avial be slightly thick than compare to the normal sambar)
5)At this point add coconut oil,curry leaves and cover the lid until the veggies absorbs all the masala
6)When once it is done switch Off the flame,serve with rice and papad..
Kerala Style Avial Is Ready,Enjoy With Rice and papad
1)Addition of tamarind can be excluded if the curds taste sour or when unripe mangoes are used.
2Raw banana,Bitter gourd,Yam can also be added in preparing Avial..
3)Make sure that all the veggies are cut into equal length and size and also make sure veggies are not over cooked.