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Saturday, November 22, 2003

AVIAL (Mixed Vegetables in Coconut and Yogurt Gravy)

AVIAL (Mixed Vegetables in Coconut and Yogurt Gravy)
Avial is one of the most nutritious dish, as it has all the vegetables and tastes good with Chappati or Rice. It is healthy as it does'nt have much oil or spice.

White Pumpkin (Elavan) – 1/2 cup

Elephant yam (Chenai) – ½ cup
Raw banana (Vazhakkai) - ½ cup
Podavalangai (Snake gourd) - ½ cup
Drumstick – 1 stick
French Beans - ½ cup
Gherkins (Covakkai/ Tondli) – ½ cup
Carrots - ½ cup
Green Peas – ¼ cup
Potatoes - ½ cup
Tomatoes - ½ cup
Green Chilies - 2 -3
Plain Yoghurt - 1cups (optional)
Grated Fresh Coconut -- 1 cup
Cumin seeds - 1 tbsp.
Curry Leaves – 1 Sprig
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp.
Asafetida - a pinch
Coconut Oil - 2 tsps
Salt as per taste

The vegetables of the Avial are all cut in long strips. Peel and cut the White Pumpkin, Elephant Yam, Raw banana, Potatoes and Carrots into long strips, about the size of your last finger. Cut the Drumsticks and Snake Gourd also into long strips. Chop the top and bottom of the french beans and cut them also into strips of the same size. Chop the tomatoes and keep aside.

In a kadhai (wok), take elephant yam, add water, ¼ tsp of turmeric, and salt and allow it to cook covered with a lid, When it is half cooked, Add the remaining vegetables, curry leaves, salt, asafetida and water, cover and cook. After 10 -15 minutes, add the chopped tomatoes. Cook the vegetables till they are done.

In a mixie, blend the freshly grated coconut, cumin seeds and green chillies, Grind until the coconut starts to release the milk. Pour this grounded mixture into the cooked vegetables and mix. If you are adding yogurt, Add the yogurt to the coconut mixture in the mixie and blend once so that it forms a uniform mixture. Add the mixture to the cooked vegetables, stir well and allow it to simmer for a minute on low flame. Stir once more. Just pour raw coconut oil over the Avial and stir once. Remove from heat and keep aside. Serve hot with Chappati or Rice.

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