Wednesday, April 12, 2006
The story of how Avial was invented is historical. But how it can also become a disaster is history.
We had a malayalee cook in the medical school hostel and after begging him for ever, he promised to make avial.. I can still recall vividly, the walk to the hostel mess anticipating a nice malayalee lunch. I took a huge serving of avial with my rice.
I sat down to eat and the avial looked nice and yummy..I mixed rice and avial and placed in my mouth and the whole thing came out faster than Saddam's scud. It was BITTER.. The cook decided to follow the word avial literally and added all the vege available including Bitter gourd!!!
The original recipe calls for yams and colocasia.. Where I stay neither is available so I make do without it.
3 potatoes, each cut in to 8 pieces
2 carrots, cut in to 1/2 inch rounds
handful of green beans cut in to one inch piece
1/2 cup coconut grated
2 cloves of garlic
5 green chillies
1 t spn turmeric
1/2 t spn cumin powder
1 sprig of curry leaf
2 tbl spn thick yogurt
2 tbl spn coconut oil
In a pot add the cut vege and 1 cup water, cook till the veg is almost done. Grind the coconut, greenchilli and garlic fine and add it to the cooked vege, along with salt, cumin powder and turmeric. Reduce the fire and cook slowly, swirling the pan once in a while to mix.. After abt 10 mints, take it off from the fire, add the curry leaf, coconut oil and yougurt, while the vege is hot.. mix well and enjoy with rice
Posted by Sarah at 11:09 AM