I was quite happy after making this dish. It’s not everyday that I make an aviyal and it turns out great. I should say that I’m more comfortable cooking Kerala style non veg dishes than the veg ones. I do make the normal stuff like thorans and mezhukkuperatty. Elaborate ones like aviyal and sambar is made only once in a while. Anyways after the success with this aviyal, I’m a bit more comfortable and interested in cooking such kind of dishes.
I am not very sure about what all veggies are there in the traditional recipe. Here in this recipe, I’ve used the veggies that we both like :).
Here is the recipe for aviyal:
- Assorted veggies - 3 cups, cut lengthwise (refer notes)
- Water - 1.5 cups
- Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp
- Pepper powder - ¼ tsp
- Coconut - ½ cup
- Green chilly - 2-3
- Jeera - a pinch
- Water - ½ - 1 tbsp
- Yogurt - ¼ cup, beaten
- Coconut oil - 1 tsp
- Curry leaves
- Grind together pepper powder, coconut, green chilly, jeera and water (1/2 - 1tbsp) into a thick paste. Cook the veggies with turmeric powder, water (1.5 cups) and salt.
- When the veggies are ¾th cooked, add the ground paste. Mix well. Cover and cook till the veggies are done and the raw taste of coconut paste is gone.
- Add yogurt and mix well. Cook for 1-2 minutes more and just before removing from the gas, add the coconut oil and curry leaves. Serve hot with rice.