Monday, April 20, 2009

Avial(Vegetables in Coconut & Yogurt Sauce)

Know What you Eat : Coconut oil is very useful in reducing weight. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and enzymes systems. Further, it increases the body metabolism by removing stress on pancreases, thereby burning out more energy and helping obese and overweight people reduce their weight. Hence, people living in tropical coastal areas, who eat coconut oil daily as their primary cooking oil, are normally not fat, obese or overweight.

Avial is an authentic South Indian side dish cooked with vegetables, grind coconut, green chili and yogurt.

Cooking Time: 20 mins
Preparation Time: 15 mins
Serves : 4 to 6


Cooking banana - 2
Carrot - 1
Small Egg plant - 3
Beans - 1 handful
Potato - 1 small
Bell pepper - 1/2
White pumpkin - 1 medium size piece.
Green Peas - 1/2 cup
Coconut oil - 2 table spoon
Curry leaves - few
Coconut - 1/2 fresh coconut.
Sour Yogurt - 1/2 cup
Green chilly - 2
Asafoetida - 1 pinch
Rice flour - 1 tsp


Coconut Oil - 4 tsps
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves - 3 or 4 stalks


1) Cut cooking banana, Carrot, Egg plant, beans, Bell pepper, and white pumpkin into length wise pieces. Add peas and little bit of water, cook covered with salt and pinch of asafoetida.
2) Keep stirring and add water little by little. Make sure not to add lot of water to the vegetables, as the covered vegetables with salt will become watery and the consistency will not come out good.
3) Once the vegetables are well cooked grind the fresh coconut along with the rice flour and add it to the cooked vegetables.
4) Heat oil add mustard seeds, once they stop spluttering add curry leaves and saute for few seconds and transfer it to the vegetables.
5) Switch off the stove and once it is little cooled add the sour yogurt and mix it thoroughly.

This dish is our contribution to RCI-Pondicherry Cuisine, hosted by Lavi as an entry from Tamil Nadu. RCI was originally started by Lakshmi.


Uma said...

Thanks for dropping by! I love avial. looks so mouth-watering. :)

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