Friday, April 30, 2010

Aviyal....Kerala's Mixed Veggie Delight !!

Aviyal
Aviyal is one of those Kerala Veggie items that I was'nt confident enough of making  perfect , as most of the traditional  vegetables  that are used to make them are not available here.......Recently recollected one of the stories behind the origin of this curry which goes like this.....One of the Kings of Kerala (Tranvancore) was bored of eating the dishes served in the daily menu & he challenged the Palace Chief Chef to quickly make him a curry that he had never tasted before...Poor chef went back to kitchen and found only the left over vegetables as he was already done with the day's cooking...So he took all the vegetables that he could find, cut them to thin strips, cooked them in water and added coconut, green chillies and curry leaves to it and named it Aviyal ....The King was completely Happy with the Dish it seems !!


Getting inspired from the so called story behind the origin of Aviyal I too decided to put what ever vegetables I could get here, instead of waiting to find the ones which we used to put, back home...!!  So tried it a few times and have to admit that it is such a complete side dish for rice...And being not too spicy kids too love them !!

Again , Aviyal is one of the indispensable items in Kerala Sadya menu.....And so dont miss out its simple Recipe here !!


Ingredients
  1. Carrot                   - 1 
  2. Raw Banana         - 1 ( peeled)
  3. Beans                    - a few 
  4. Cucumber             - 1 
  5. Taro                      - 1 (peeled)
  6. Green chillie         - 2 
  7. Turmeric              - 1/4 tsp
  8. Salt                        - 1 tsp
  9. Coconut                - 1/4 cup ( grated)
  10. Cumin Seeds       - 1 tsp
  11. Garlic                    - 1 pod
  12. Tamarind             - 1 small gooseberry size ( 1 Tbsp curd / Yougurt also can be used instead)
  13. Chillie Powder      - 1/2 tsp 
  14. Curry Leaves        - 1 bunch
  15. coconut oil            - 1 tsp 
( Drumstick, Snakeguard, Brinjal, Elephant yam, Sweet chillie , Raw Mangoes etc are all used in the traditional recipe.)

Preparation

  1. Cut all the vegetables lengthwise to 2" stripes. 
  2. Cook the vegetables along with a few curry leaves  in a pan, adding 1 cup of water, salt and turmeric. Cover it with a lid and dont over cook the vegetables if you want to keep the shape.
  3. Meanwhile dry grind the ingredients 9-14 in a mixer to a coarse powder. 
  4. Once the vegetables are cooked, add the coconut mixture on top of it and and again keep it closed and cook for another few mins. ( Dont stir now).
  5. Now switch off the heat and stir uniformly. Finally add the coconut oil on the top and keep closed until time to serve.
Enjoy with a Rice !!


My Aviyal goes to be part of the Spotlight Summer Food & Drinks event going on at Appayan by Indrani !!

12 comments:

  1. i love aviyal & nice way to have all the veggies...looks delicious deepthi

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  2. Looks so yummy and this is my fav too....

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  3. this is yummy.. i like it very much

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  4. Wat an authentic dish of Kerala, looks fantastic..

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  5. Deepti,,How are you ter dear,,Aviyal is one of my faaav recipe ur's looks very delicious n in traditional way dear.

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  6. Delicious and tasty aviyal..never made it..

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  7. Tasty and Healthy aviyal.. thanks for the recipe.. :)

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  8. I once/twice made Aviyal and completely loved it, I love the spice system here in this recipe..yours looks lovely..if wish send me to my event, Summer food & drinks, I think it perfectly fits the theme..send me to riappyayan@gmail.com, not to the mail mentioned in the announcement,
    Link: http://indranid.blogspot.com/2010/04/announcing-another-spotlight-event.html

    I blog from my other blog now, visit me, http://riappyayan.blogspot.com

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  9. kerala's mixed veggie delight Avial look so delicious yarr.. u cut the vegettables perfectly and made a very tasty avial looks yummy..best with rice n sambar

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  10. Delicious looking aviyal..I looove this dish..

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  11. hi deepti I follow you in teh world of veggies !! Pierre

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  12. This is awesome. The picture looks so yummm... Deepti you are awesome and i hope you were my neighbor :D...

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