Sep 19, 2008

How to make Aviyal--South Indian mixed vegetable side dish recipe

      As many of them know that I hated cooking before marriage. Though I had made few north Indian cuisines , I never ventured on trying south Indian food. After marriage, my hubby who had not explored much of the north indian cuisines enjoyed the north indian food made by me. But I decided to learn some popular south Indian food. There were very few south indian dishes I liked, aviyal was one of them. I learned making this during my initial (trial and errors)days of cooking. And this was one dish which used to come out really well and hubby liked it too. Of course, now I enjoy cooking as well as eating most of the south indian food. I remember a funny incident too , that was when I was learning to cook south Indian food. Once I had made sambar ( so called,because I had added sambar powder in it), but it was so dilute that my hubby(who encouraged me always) when he came from office that day said "rasam was good today" and I told him with disappointment that it was sambar and not rasam. :((
As this is a popular dish in Kerala as well as Tamilnadu,there are various ways people make it . So here's how I make it.

Mixed vegetables-I used 4 potatoes, 2carrots, french beans, Peas. You can also add cauliflower, Cluster beans, broad beans, winter melon, pumpkin. Do add drumsticks, I did not get it.
Tamarind pulp- 1tbspn
Salt- to taste
Turmeric powder- 1tsp(optional)
Asafoetida- A pinch
Grated coconut- 1cup
Jeera- 1tsp
Green chillies- 3
Curry leaves- a few
Coconut oil- few drops

Cut the vegetables into long slices( lengthwise). Boil them in a tamarind water along with salt and turmeric powder and asafoetida. Cook well.
Combine coconut gratings, Jeera and chillies in a blender and grind into a smooth paste.
Add this and curry leaves to the cooked vegetables. Cook till everything mixes well into a thick consistency. Add the curd. Mix well.
Sprinkle little coconut oil on the top.Serve hot with rice and dal

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