Onam is a very favourite festivalof Keralites. And first thing comes in our mind when we think about onam is Onasadya. Aviyal is an inevitabledish among onasadya. Here we have simple recipe of tasty aviyal.
Firstly rinse and then drain all the vegetables. ash gourd, pumpkin, drumsticks, elephant foot yam, Mangalore cucumber, plantain and green beans.
Next peel and chop them in medium to long sticks or batons. The vegetables need to be chopped like a slight thick potato french fry. and keep them aside.
keep chopped unripe banana immersed in water so that they do not darken.
Beat 1 cup fresh curd and keep aside.
In a mixer take 1 cup grated coconut, 1 teaspoon cumin seeds and 2 to 3 green chilies (chopped).
Add ⅓ to ½ cup water and grind to a coarse paste
Take the vegetables which take a longer time to cook in a pan or pot. I have here added elephant foot yam, drumsticks and green beans first
Sprinkle ½ teaspoon turmeric powder and salt and add water
Cover the pan and keep it on a stovetop on medium-low to medium flame.
Simmer till the vegetables are half cooked.
Next the vegetables which take less time to cook. At this step I have added plantains, Mangalore cucumber , ash gourd and pumpkin and cook on medium flame.
When they get cooked, add the ground coconut paste and mix gently.
Cook for some 5 to 7 minutes or till the veggies are completely cooked. they should hold shape. So do not cook them too much. If the mixture becomes dry, then add some water.
When all the veggies are cooked, then reduce the flame to a low and add curd.
Simmer the avial for a minute and switch off the flame.
Add coconut oil and curry leaves.