Avial/Aviyal is a South Indian curry recipe made with coconut & mixed vegetables. This Tamil style avial recipe is served on special occasions. This delicacy tastes delicious with steamed rice and can be made in under 30 minutes.
14ozmixed veggies - drumsticks, yam, suran, cucumber, snake gourd, long beans, and carrots
1tablespoonedible coconut oil
To make the coconut paste
Add fresh coconut, cumin seeds, ginger, and green chillies to a blender jar.
Grind it to make a smooth paste. Add water to help with the grinding.
Transfer to a bowl and add yogurt to it. Whisk it together and keep it aside.
To prepare Avial
In a cooking pot, add water and salt. Bring to a boil and then add veggies like potatoes and raw banana(if adding) first. Cover and cook it for 7-8 minutes.
Then add the frozen veggies. Bring it to a boil on a medium flame. Cook till the veggies are done. It could take around 7-8 minutes. Do not overcook them.
Once the veggies are done, add the coconut yogurt paste to the pot. Mix it well.
Cook for another 5 minutes. Garnish with curry leaves and drizzle edible coconut oil.
Use freshly grated coconut in the avial/aviyal recipe. But if that is unavailable to you, you unsweetened desiccated coconut or shredded coconut.Sour curd is normally used but you can also use Greek yogurt. You can even use sour cream. I have never used it though. Whisk the yogurt-coconut mixture before adding it to the pan.Remember to add the yogurt mixture in the end and not cook or boil it for long after adding it. Or it will begin to curdle.Drizzling coconut oil, in the end, is what takes up the flavor many notches. Do not skip that.Tempering aviyal is a personal preference. This Indian vegetable curry recipe with coconut tastes great when it is slightly spicy and creamy.