Yields: 4 Cups (Serves 3 to 4 People)
Preparation Time: 30 Minutes
Pressure Cooking Time (For Vegetables): 1 whistle
Ash Gourd (Elavan) – enough to yield 1 cup when chopped
Yellow Pumpkin (Mathan) – enough to yield 1/4 cup when chopped
Yam (Chenai or Sooran) – enough to yield 1/4 cup when chopped
Green Beans – 5 to 6 nos
Raw Banana (Vazhakka) – 1 nos (small size)
Egg Plant (Brinjal or Kathrikkai) – 1 nos (medium size) (Optional)
Potato – 1 nos (small size)
Carrot – 3/4 nos (enough to yield 1/4 cup when chopped)
Yogurt – 1 cup
Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp
Salt – to taste
Grated Coconut – 1 1/2 cup
Green chillies – 4/5 ( as per spicy)
Cumin Seeds (Jeera) – 1 1/2 tsp
Yogurt – a little to help with grinding
Coconut Oil – 2 tsp
Curry Leaves – 2 sprigs or 6 to 7 leaves
- Wash and peel the skin off of all the vegetables.
- Remove the seeds and spongy part that holds the seeds in the ash gourd and yellow pumpkin.
- Cut all the vegetables into 1 to 1 1/2 inch long finger-like stick pieces.
- Cook all the vegetables together with water and turmeric powder in the pressure cooker for 1 whistle. You can also boil all the vegetables in a large pan on direct heat.
(Checkpoint: The vegetables should not be overcooked and get mushy. They should be cooked, yet retain a little crispness.)
- Once cooked, add salt and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Grind the green chillies, grated coconut and cumin seeds adding a little yogurt to form a paste.
(Checkpoint: The consistency should be neither too coarse nor too fine.)
- Add the chilli paste to the cooked vegetables and saute.
- Add the rest of the yogurt and saute until it becomes a thick gravy.
- Season the aviyal by sprinkling coconut oil and curry leaves.
- Close the pan or vessel with lid to allow the dish to soak in the coconut oil and curry leaves’ aroma.
- Serve as a side dish (Getti Aviyal or Thick Aviyal) in traditional food spread on plantain leaf.
- To serve as a gravy to pour over rice, add a little extra buttermilk (from 1/2 to 3/4 cup) to make it a slightly liquid consistency, and serve with pappadam.
You can add drumsticks (murungakka) also, but cook it separately from the other vegetables, otherwise it would get mashed.