Avial, a mix of colorful vegetables in a coconut paste.If you will notice, tell me the difference? Ya this one is white.
Well this one is also a Palakkad special recipe where avial is made without any coloring ingredient as if the vegs just standout and speak for themselves on a white canvas.All the colors just gleam thorough the white tangy coconut paste .My ancestral home's age old recipe for aviyal strictly tells to stay away from all vegetables that have a sliminess.No root veg except carrot and yam is used.
Carrot may be a new addition in the later years .Only indigenously available vegetables were used to make aviyal . The sourness always comes from curd not tomato or tamarind.The surprise element is a small piece of bitter gourd added to balance off everything Even the coconut is not scrapped till the bottom brown part because it will alter the color.Much care goes into keeping the aviyal white.Almost like the malayalee trying to keep his white clothes pure white with Ujala,Right!! I don't really strive so hard for the color but my effort is to bring back the same taste.
Kumbalanga / Ashgourd- 1 cup or less
Padavalanga / Snake gourd- 1/3 of 1 whole
Chena /Yam-3/4 cup (can use frozen suran)
Muringakkai / drumstick-2 (can use frozen)
Neelan payar / String beans-5 or 6
Kaya / Raw banana-1/2 of 1 whole-I do not discard the green peel
Kovaka / Tindora- 5 or 6 (can use frozen tindora)
Pavakka / Bitter gourd- 1/4 of 1 whole
Amarakkai / Avarakai / the wide beans-5 or 6
Vazhuthanga / Brinjal- 2 if small
Coconut grated -1 1/2 cup
Jeera- 1/4 tsp
Green chili -2
Curd/Yogurt -1 cup -it should be thick really sour.Yes , it should make u squint 🙂 on tasting....
Raw coconut oil and curry leaves to season.
I love adding few cashew nuts to aviyal towards the end ,I just love it,but u don't have to..
My mom used to add 2-3 pieces of raw green mango to her aviyal! And of course whenever possible add jackfruit seeds(Chakka Kuru)
Hey Jai,I just love manga and chakka kuru itta avial. There but mangoes go for curries and pickles mostly as the curds for avial would be so sour that we would literally squint I am not kidding:).Chakka kuru shows up occasionally.
Jai, I am so glad you stopped by my space.
You are in a good "food" and good "spirit" place Meena. Just loved your blog. Do you mind if I share a few of my recipes or food tweaks occassionally?
Thank you so much for those encouraging words Jai.
Do send ur recipes to elephantsncoconuttrees(at)gmail(dot)com.I would really love to photograph and post it here.I would love to have some of Mom's recipes too.