Onam, one of the biggest festivals of Kerala is celebrated tomorrow. It is a 10 day festival, the important day being tomorrow. Malayalees from all over the world will celebrate Onam, by preparing a lavish and sumptuous feast that comprises of traditional Kerala dishes. This feast is served on banana leaf and is concluded by serving kheer or payasam as said in Kerala. Last time we had given you recipes of how to prepare pulinji, Pineapple pachadi, moong dal and parippu payasam. This time we will tell you how to make Avial for Onam this year. Onam is incomplete without sadhya(the feast) in every Malayalee household. Prepare these delicious delicacies and your sadhya will be perfect. Avial is a traditional dish of Kerala that is basically an assorted mix of vegetables. Here is the recipe of Avial by Rajshri Food.
3 Cups of vegetables chopped into 1 1/2 inch pieces
The vegetables are Yam, drumsticks, raw banana, carrots, snake gourd, south indian cucumber, french beans
1 small onion chopped lengthwise
1 cup grated coconut
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 green chillies
Few curry leaves
1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup curd
salt to taste
To steam the vegetables:
In a pot, boil water and put a seal over it. One by one, add all the vegetables – drumsticks, pumpkin, carrots, snake gourd, yam, raw banana, South Indian cucumber and french beans.
Add little salt to the vegetables and cover it with a lid and let it cook for about 7 – 8 minutes.
Once cooked, remove all the vegetables in a plate.
To make the coconut paste
In a grinder, add the cumin seeds, green chillies, coconut and water and grind al the ingredients.
To make avial
In a pot, heat the coconut oil. Add mustard seeds.
Once the mustard seeds start crackling, add the curry leaves and the vegetables.
Add the coconut paste and mix all the ingredients well.
Add the turmeric powder and curd and mix well.
Add little water, coconut oil and a few curry leaves. Add salt to taste. Mix well, cover with a lid and let it simmer for about 2 minutes and then turn off the flame.
The delicious Avial is ready to be served.
Prepare this delicious Kerala authentic dish for Onam, on September 4 which is tomorrow. Enjoy the day by feasting delicious sadya with family and friends.