Avial is a popular dish from Kerala and Tamil Nadu and it is one of the must have dishes on the Onam Sadya/feast. It is a rich and creamy recipe loaded with coconut and coconut oil and loads of vegetables. Sounds complicated? Nahhh!!! It is one of the easiest recipe to prepare, even on a weekday. I swear! It’s just a three step process.
- Chop and boil the vegetables.
- Grind coconut and green chillies and mix it with curd.
- Now mix the ground masala and vegetables and simmer.
Boom you are done ! If you notice, the first step is the time consuming part here. Traditionally for avial, loads of vegetables like drumstick, raw banana/plantain, carrots, potatoes, ash gourd, peas, brinjals and much more are added. But on a busy day when we don’t have sufficient time, how about just using carrots and zucchini. Both are easy to cook and chop. 🙂 Thank you R’s Mom for sharing this wonderful idea.
Here is the recipe,
- Green Zucchini – 2
- Carrot – 2
- Grated Coconut – 1/3 cup
- Green Chillies – 2
- Yogurt / Curd – 1 cup ( I used Greek yogurt for this recipe)
- Turmeric powder – a pinch
- Water – 3 to 4 tbsps + 1.5 cups
- Salt – 2 tsps
- Curry leaves – few
- Coconut Oil – 2 tsps
- Peel the zucchini and carrot, skin and chop them into cubes.
- In a kadai or heavy bottomed vessel, add the 1.5 cups of water , pinch of turmeric and the chopped vegetables and let it simmer.
- We need to cook until the vegetables are tender.
- Meanwhile grind the grated coconut and green chillies together by adding 3 to 4 tbsps of water.
- Mix the ground masala, curd and salt together.
- When the vegetables are tender, add the coconut curd mixture and mix well.
- Let it simmer in low heat. We don’t want to bring it to a boil as curd might curdle.
- When the froth starts to form, turn off the heat.
- Add the curry leaves and the coconut oil and mix well.
That’s it. Yummy and easy avial is ready. Serve hot with rice.
- Adjust the salt and green chillies according to your preference.
- We prefer milk and un-sour curd for this avial.
- Adding curry leaves and coconut oil towards the end enhances the flavor and adds freshness to the recipe. It can be added when boiling the vegetables too.
- Add vegetables of your choice.
Image credits: Vidhya