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Friday, January 26, 2007

avial: vegetable medley

easy recipe indian vegetarian avial vegetable medley healthy

Avial is a wonderful south indian dish I like to have just on its own as a meal, or, with rice or roti. A bowlful of avial makes a sumptuous meal for me usually.

This avial recipe is quick and simple to throw together and quite hearty.

1-2 plantain
1 large opo squash or ash gourd
1 medium butternut squash or acorn squash or pumpkin
2-3 medium carrots
1 head of broccoli
½ head cauliflower
1 large potato
1 cup frozen (cooked) lima beans
½ cup cooked black-eyed-peas (optional)
a handful snake beans or green beans or both
1 rutabaga and 1 turnip, diced (optional)
cilantro for garnish
½ cup sour yogurt (optional)
salt to taste
½ cup coconut milk
2 Tbsp coconut oil

flavoring for the avial:
1 cup fresh or dry grated coconut
2-3 jalapenos or serranos (seeded, if desired)
½ tsp cumin seeds (optional)

  1. peel and chop the veggies to bite size chunks; cook them, individually if preferred as each has a different cooking time, with some salt
  2. alternately, i just throw them all in the pressure cooker so that some of the broccoli and cauliflower get mushy and add to the body
  3. grind the avial flavoring ingredients into a fine paste
  4. in a pan, throw the paste and the cooked veggies, coconut milk and some water if needed, and let them simmer together; adjust salt to taste
  5. off heat, stir in the coconut oil (and yogurt if using), garnish with cilantro, serve hot
Yogurt adds a bit of tanginess and body, but can be omitted if diet forbids dairy :-)

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  • At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Will try to make this one, Sheelar-without the yogurt. I avoided making this as I always made it with yogurt..
    The avial looks yummy in the picture!

  • At 9:49 AM, Blogger jeena said…

    Mmmm your recipes look delicious!
    you have Great blog from Jeena :)

    visit jeena's kitchen healthy recipe blog

  • At 8:01 AM, Blogger Vibha said…

    I like avial alot but have always used just a few veggies - ladyfinger, potato, gourd, peas, carrots and beans. Will try adding cauliflower and broccoli too.


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