I made avial for a potluck yesterday...and that took me back down memory lane.....back to a time when sadya inevitably meant avial, ishtu, olan, kaya varuthathu and ada pradaman. I never was much of a sadya-lover mainly because it meant huge crowds of people I didn't even know, but now, there are days when I long for a traditional meal served on a banana leaf.
Veggies(drumstick,carrot,potato,plantain,yam) - 2 cups
Turmeric powder - 3/4 tsp
Salt - as per taste
Sour curd - 1 cup
Shredded coconut - 1/2 cup
Green chillies - 5-6 or as per taste
Coconut oil - a little
Curry leaves - 1-2 sprigs
Cut the vegetables into thin, long pieces. Add salt, turmeric powder, and boil until they are well cooked, but still slightly crunchy. Grind coconut, and green chillies along with curd. Add this ground mixture to the vegetables and heat for a minute or two.....take care not to let it boil.
Remove from heat. Pour a few spoonfuls of coconut oil on top and garnish with curry leaves.