Sunday, July 25, 2010

Aviyal (with locally available vegetables) (Serves 5)

Avial

“AVIYAL” can arguably be stated as the king of Kerala Sadhya (large traditional feast). The unique proportions  of various vegetables, the assortment of a plethora of colors, the clever use of coconut and that magical sprinkle of the coconut oil at the end by the head cook as they prepare aviyal for the traditional sadhyas are delightful and mouthwatering memories of our childhood. Legend states that, Bheemasena (the madhyama among the Pandavas) created this dish during his stint as “VALLAVA” during Anjathavasa. Aviyal is unique in that it uses most of the seasonally grown vegetables found in a typical Kerala backyard to make a very healthy and easy to prepare dish.  Being far from home, we have used the local ingredients  that  could be mustered from the farmer’s market and Indian stores in Baton Rouge. Needless to say, we were  delighted to find that the end product could bring back, at least , part of the tasty memories from back home…

Carrot (1 small), Zucchini, Yellow squash, Cuccuza squash, Drumsticks, Potato, Plantain (small) 1 each cut to batons
Grated coconut ¾ cup
Cumin seeds a pinch
Green chilly 1 no, medium sized 
Red chilly powder ½ tsp
Tamarind pulp 1tsp
Turmeric powder ½ tsp
Salt as needed
Curry leaves 2 sprigs
Coconut oil 1 tsp

Preparation

Pulse together coconut, cumin seeds and shallots (Chathachu edukuka). Set aside.

Add 1/4 tsp coconut oil to a deep pan and put a sprig of curry leaves. Add the vegetables and green chilly with water just enough to cover the veggies. Add turmeric powder, chilly powder and salt. Cook until 90% of the water is evaporated and the vegetables are cooked through. Add the tamarind and mix well. Add the coconut mixture and combine to mix. Cook for another 2 more minutes. Switch off the flame and add more curry leaves, drizzle with coconut oil. MIX. Keep covered until ready to serve.

Aviyal

Notes : Traditionally for Sadhyas, only 4 major vegetables are used to make aviyal which are drumsticks, yam, plaintain and long/yard beans.
The souring agent can be substituted to curd if you prefer. Add the curd along at the final stage of cooking and mix well with the veggies.
You can also add other vegetables like green beans, ashgourd (kumbalanga), snakegourd (padavalanga), tindora (kovakka), long beans (achinga), yam (chena) according to the availability…

43 comments :

  1. Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww.... What a classic recipe.. looks soooo tempting and perfect.. Beautiful clicks :)

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  2. looks so good n tempting .. stunning clicks..

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  3. looks great and very tempting recipe. nice click too, as always

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  4. wow what a delicious aviyal...looks sooooo tempting

    Satya
    http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

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  5. yumm. this dish looks really good :) btw my name is jen and I've just stumble upon your page! love your blog here! will be coming by often to leave comments :) feel free to drop by!

    Jen @ www.passion4food.ca

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  6. Aviyal de adyathe description vayichapo thanne vayyil vellam vanu... pinne picture koode ayapo !!!!! Kidilam...

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  7. Avial is my all time favourite..very tempting..wanna right now:-)

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  8. Superb dears..looks very yummy.. evideyum nangal aviyal fans aanu :)

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  9. looks awesome and delicious ...lovely pics...my fav

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  10. I would love to have this with piping hot rice...Can't resist!!!!

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  11. What a wonderful and tasty recipe looks so mouthwatering.

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  12. Wow avail luks very tempting,pictures are very gud...

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  13. Aviyal makes the Sadya more appetising,more so if it is made with locally grown vegetables..yum!!

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  14. adipoli clicks tto... Sherikkum.. ethu kandaal thanne aarum next day thanne try cheyyum...

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  15. Yummy n Healthy .......... luv the colors of the curry

    Cheers n Happy Cooking,
    Satrupa

    http://satrupa-foodforthought.blogspot.com

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  16. wow what a delicious aviyal...looks sooooo tempting and delicious:)

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  17. Wat a fabulous looking aviyal, an authentic dish..

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  18. Looks yum...beautiful pics gals

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  19. LOve to have this with spicy vathakuzhambu...great pics da.

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  20. avial is one thing i have never tried 2 make, but love it so so much..i actually get only 3 veggies out of that list u have..carrot, zucchini and potatoes..well i guess i can give it a go with that!
    thanks girls...

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  21. Enganai adipoli pics ittu kothipikkallai.super!

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  22. Aviyal from a typical US backyard :) I like the idea...

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  23. I love avial very much .Like Jay I too love to have it with vathal kulambu.

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  24. Till date i never tried it.... i always heard its yum but never got a chance to taste send me some :D

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  25. Yummyyyyy.. Lovely clicks as ever :)

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  26. Looks gorgeous with all those colors..

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  27. All time fav of mine, love to have this anyday...looks delicious..

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  28. foreign aviyal kidilan aayittundu tto..I have never tried with these veggies..cool idea girls !

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  29. Aviyal looks delicious..Thats a great thought to use US locally grown veggies in an authentic Kerala recipe..Nice work..

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  30. Aipoli aviyal.njagal curd cherthanu undakarullathu:)

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  31. Dear, plz do collect an award for you from mine :).. happy blogging :)

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  32. thats so delicious one all keralites evertime favourite dish.. very nicely explined.Aviyal-bheemasena.morru curry avial pickle and rice.. wow mouthwatering combo sujiii

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  33. Wow! My favorite from the South.Like the presentation.

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  34. wonderful clicks dears. my fav.

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  35. nammal thammil nalla manaporutham annallo...ennalla namukku aviyal ayirunnu keto.nalla presentation....

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  36. Mouthwatering aviyal..yummmm

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  37. Avial .lovely dish with beautiful clicks.

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  38. very delicious one.. luks colorful and healthy....
    happy to find ur blog...u have a good collection of recipes.. if u find time do visit my space ...happy to follow ur blog

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  39. I usually have this dish at my friend's place. But never tried making it myself. Nice pics. The dish looks good!

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  40. Ahaa, aviyal is my most favorite dish!! Kandittu kothiyakunnu..Tempting pics!!

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  41. the pic makes me nostalgic..!!!this is my all time favorite Kerala dish.

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  42. Never knew that 'The Great Aviyal' had a very dramatic and a mythological bkground.
    'nyhow I shud say that it indeed is a great discovery done by the 'Mallus'......Kudoz.....!
    I recommend a very nutricious blogging......!

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