Mango and Mixed Vegetable Avial

Avial is always, always found in a sadya (feast served on plantian leaf. But very few South Indians consider it a special dish. Maybe because it is made when one cannot think of anything to cook or simply when the ingredients are available. Usually curd-based, come mango season and it is replaced by the fruit to give it a tangy flavour.

  • 200 gms round grourd cut into pieces
  • 200 gms yam cut into pieces
  • 200 gms carrots cut into pieces
  • 200 gms snake gourd cut into pieces
  • 2 drumsticks roughly broken into pieces
  • 200 snow peas broken into pieces
  • 1 raw banana diced
  • 1 raw mango diced
  • 1 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • handful of curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 3-4 green chillies

  • Steam all the vegetables with salt and turmeric.
  • Coarse grind chilies, coconut and cumin and add it to the vegetables once they are done and drained of all the water.
  • In a pan, heat coconut oil, saute curry leaves, add it to the vegetables and serve as a side dish to sambhar (lentil and vegetable curry) and rice.

Do you like your avial with curd or mango?


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