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Mixed vegetables cooked in spiced coconut and yogurt based gravy. Avial is easy to prepare and a yummy side dish that goes well with rice. This mixed vegetables curry with coconut is one of the must side dishes for Kerala Sadhya, which is popular during festivals Onam and Vishu. Check out more on Onam/God’s own festival.
Avial’s one of my favorite dishes in the Kerala Sadya. These are the common vegetables used in Avial: Potato, raw banana, yam, carrot, drum stick, beans, long beans, raw mango, cucumber, zucchini. Never miss raw mango in avial 🙂 It enhances the dish’s flavor to a different level altogether.
Here are other Onam/Vishu recipes:
Peel/Remove the skin of the vegetables: potato, carrot, yam and raw mango. Scrape the raw banana skin a bit. Same with drum sticks. You don't have to remove the whole skin of banana and drumsticks. Wash and clean the vegetables and slice them thin and 2-inch long pieces.
In a pan, add the vegetables along with salt and turmeric powder. Sprinkle 3-4 tbsp water. Cover the pan and cook it over medium flame until vegetables are just cooked.
Have ingredients listed under the coconut mix - grated coconut, shallots, green chilli, garlic, jeera and salt in a chopper/mixer. Just pulse it so that it gets crushed. Don't grind it into a smooth paste. It's supposed to have a coarse texture.
Add the coconut mix to the cooked vegetables and mix well. Cook it for around 5- 10 minutes until it boils and have a thick consistency.
Add yogurt and mix well. Adjust salt. Switch off the flame and remove the pan. Add 1 tbsp coconut oil and mix well. It gives a special taste! Enjoy with rice 🙂