Spring time! Aviyal - Mixed Vegetable in Creamy Coconut Sauce

"People are like stained windows, they sparkle and shine when sun is out" - Elisabeth Kubler-Rose

Happy, spirited up are the day when vitamin D is activated. Yes much awaited Sun is finally here in my part of the world. Warmth, colourful blossoms and green "the" colour is just wonderful.  And all of sudden there was big shift, slipping to few 10's of degree, rain and grey sky....I was said welcome to Belgium! But flowers are still smiling, dancing along with rain and green is getting intense!  The weather and nature are like artist and poems quite unpredictable yet beautiful! 

Spring time reminds me about fresh vegetable in India and this recipe is loaded with many vegetables in coconut sauce. This is very popular recipe from south India Kerala - God's own country, which is usually is made with coconut paste, mum makes them with fresh thick coconut milk, more rich and creamy. When mum visited me in Finland in 2011, she smuggled brought all veggies and our home grown coconut and we prepared this recipe, yes two years back...I did tell you my hard drive cries most of the time for some fresh air! 

Till I enjoy the sun, rain and weekend.....you enjoy the aviyal (Mom's version, not an authentic version) and glimpse of spring from my part of my world!! 

                 Airy light papads ...or call it as flying breads

                 My mint plant is growing very happily at home!


Vegetables (All together you need 300 grams)
White pumpkin
Raw Banana
Brinjal / Eggplant

100 ml Yoghurt
200 ml Thick Coconut milk (or coconut cream)
1/4 tspn Turmeric powder
1 spring of Curry leaves
4 to 5 Green chillies (ground to paste)
Salt according to taste

For Tempering 
2 tbspn Coconut oil
3/4 tspn Mustered seeds
A pinch Asafoetida
2 spring of Curry leaves

Steam all vegetable along with some water, till it is half cooked, along with green chilli paste, turmeric, salt and one spring of curry leaves.
(You can steam all the vegetable in pressure cooker without weight, or pot boil till it is half cooked.)

After vegetable is half cooked, add coconut milk along with water from vegetables and slowly bring it a boil till it thickens, then add yoghurt and give it a boil for just two minutes. (Don't over boil them, else the yoghurt will curdle)

Next do the tempering. Warm coconut oil, add muster seeds, let it splutter then add Asafoetida and curry leaves let it splutter. Then add to the vegetable mixture

Rich, flavourful aviyal is ready to serve with rice and crispy papad! 


My Kitchen Antics April 26, 2013 at 10:24 PM  

That picture of pappadam is absolutely gorgeous..and avial being my favourite I'm sold..I just have to learn how to make it now:-)

Shri April 27, 2013 at 1:07 AM  

Good to see the post Ananda. I must digress with you on the Aviyal part.
Coconut milk and yogurt are usually not cooked together in recipes from the region. Neither is tempering applied to Aviyal/ Avial. However we can all add our own touch to a recipe!:-) Spring looks lovely.

Suji April 27, 2013 at 3:51 AM  

wow, beautiful Ananda, In kerala we dont do tempering for aviyal. should try this way next :)



chow and chatter April 27, 2013 at 6:34 AM  

love this dish had in India and made recently how cool to serve in the coconut and beautiful pics

Binys Recipes April 27, 2013 at 10:27 PM  

wow the clicks are so divine...so much so dat i missed the recipe.....adipoli clicks dear...aval never looked so beautiful

Shabitha Karthikeyan April 28, 2013 at 2:22 AM  

Beautiful pictures and lovely dish !!

divya April 28, 2013 at 3:53 PM  

it looks so creamy and delicious.Inviting clicks.

Priya Suresh April 28, 2013 at 6:58 PM  

Beautiful breathtaking pictures,how marvellously you captured those fried papads, dear..Just wow.

Hema April 30, 2013 at 3:34 PM  

Came here from Foodgawker, lovely clicks, love aviyal anytime..

Unknown May 5, 2013 at 6:41 PM  

Shri and Suji Thank you Girls for letting me know the authentic way, i didn't know just followed moms way :) and Shri i'm not digressed at all i always love to learn ;)

Joyti May 5, 2013 at 10:15 PM  

Hmm, Aviyal DOES look perfect for spring. I bet its so much better with your mom's homemade coconut milk too.

Oh, and gorgeous pics too.

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