South Indian cuisine has some of the most comforting dishes of all times. Avial, for instance, is a traditional, mixed vegetable dish that is sure to soothe your soul. It is prepared not out of the usual, commonly used vegetables but in fact with the help of different unique vegetables. Over at least eight to ten healthy veggies are carefully picked and sorted out in order to make this dish even more special and exceptional. This dish has its origins from Kerala and is equally enjoyed by the people of Tamil Nadu and Udupi. The grated coconut, curd and the curry leaves are one of its significant ingredients that make a remarkable difference in the flavor of south Indian cuisine. The amalgamation of assorted veggies, curd’s sourness and the freshly grated coconut, altogether prepared in coconut oil gives this dish the authentic taste.  

Ingredients- 

  1. 1 cup grated coconut 
  2. 2 tablespoon turmeric 
  3. 2-3 tablespoon of salt 
  4. Green chillies 
  5. Red chilli powder 
  6. Curry leaves 
  7. Coconut oil 
  8. 1 ½ cup water 
  9. Half cup curd 
  10. 1 drumsticks 
  11. half ash pumpkin 
  12. 1-2 Carrots 
  13. Broad beans 
  14. Drumsticks 
  15. Raw bananas 
  16. Elephant foot yam 
  17. Cucumber 
  18. Raw plantain  
  19. Tendli 
  20. Brinjal ( eggplant )

Method-  

  1. The first step is to rinse all the freshly picked vegetables. Now cut the vegetables into small long pieces and keep them aside. 
  2. Meanwhile prepare the coconut paste by adding chillies, cumin seeds and a cup of water. Add curd to the same and mix them well. 
  3. First add 1½ cup of water and then pour all the mentioned grated vegetables together in the pressure cooker.  
  4. Also sprinkle red chili powder, salt to taste and tablespoons of turmeric powder in the cooker. 
  5. Cook the vegetables until 1-2 whistles or until they are half boiled. 
  6. The next step is to add the coconut paste in the cooker and add some curry leaves for taste. 
  7. Cook the vegetables on high flame for 10-15 minutes. After on low flame, simmer the vegetables for about 5 minutes. Pour coconut oil evenly over the vegetables. 
  8. You can also add some more grated coconut at the end if you wish too. 
  9. Avial is ready to serve hot with parathas or rice