Avial always finds a special place in the menu during marriages, festivals and special occasions. The Avial done by Kerala Brahmins is entirely different from the Tamil Brahmins . But each has its own unique flavour and taste. Here is the recipe of Malabar Avial..
Ingredients for making Malabar Avial:
- Vegetables like Ashgourd, Cucumber, Yam, Drumstick, Carrot, Snake gourd, Broad beans, Raw Banana, Brinjal and Raw Mango
- Freshly grated coconut from Half coconut of Normal size
- Cumin seeds 1 tea spoon
- Green chillies and Red chillies 2 each
- Coconut oil 3 tea spoons
- Thick fresh curd 2 tb spoons
- Thin tamarind juice extracted from a small lemon size tamarind 2 cups (If raw mango is not available use tamarind juice)
- Turmeric powder 1/2 tea spoon
- Curry leaves
How to make Malabar Avial?
Wash all the vegetables well and peel off the skin. Cut them into 2 inch thin pieces uniformly. While cutting put the yam and raw banana in water to prevent them from becoming black.
Grind coconut, cumin seeds and chillies to coarse paste without adding water and keep aside.Take a broad heavy bottomed pan. Put the yam and drumstick at the bottom and add the rest of the vegetables above them.
Add salt, turmeric powder and Tamarind juice. (If you are adding raw mango pieces, then add just 2 cups of water instead of tamarind juice). Let the veggies to boil till they become soft. But they should not be over boiled. In between open the lid and check whether enough water is there for boiling.
Once the vegetables are boiled and water is evaporated, add the coconut paste and stir well. Now add the coconut oil and curry leaves. Finally add the fresh curd, stir for few seconds and switch off the stove. After adding curd the Avial should not be boiled for a long time.
The Malabar Avail is known for the thin uniform size of the vegetables, light yellow colour, mild tangy taste and thick consistency. So don't pressure cook the vegetables since over boiling may make the veggies to get smashed while stirring.