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. One of the must side dishes for Kerala Sadhya, which is popular during festivals Onam and Vishu
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 :)
Never miss raw mango in avial :) It enhances the dish's flavor to a different level altogether.