Avial is a popular and traditional mixed vegetable dish. It is basically a healthy mix of various vegetables in coconut paste and yogurt finished with a drizzle of coconut oil and a few curry leaves. It is a very simple and easy-to-make gluten-free recipe which is not spicy and best for summer.
Coconut oil – 1 tbs
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Vegetables, cut lengthwise – 4 cups (2-inch-long pieces of vegetables like ash gourd, raw banana, elephant yam, drumstick, potato, carrot and beans)
Grated coconut – ½ cup
Green chilies, slit in half - 2
Curd – ½ cup
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Salt as required
Place all the cut vegetables in the pressure cooker, sprinkle some turmeric powder and salt, add 1/4th cup of water and cook for about 2 whistles.
Release the pressure immediately by placing the pressure cooker under running water. Open the cooker.
Grind together coconut, green chillies and cumin seeds to a smooth paste.
Add this to the vegetable mix and cook on low heat for 2 minutes. Check salt.
Now add curd and gently mix the vegetables without breaking them.
Heat coconut oil in a small pan. Add mustard seeds and a few curry leaves. Once they splutter, pour over the vegetable mixture.
Switch off the flame and cover with it a lid.
After 5 minutes, transfer to a bowl and serve along with steamed rice.