Avial (Mixed Vegetables With Sauce)

Required ingredients :

Cubed White Squash (pumpkin) — 1 cup

Chopped French Beans, Cauliflower, Drumstick*, Bell Pepper, Potato — 3 cups (mixed together)

Green Chilies — 4 (medium sized)

Plain Yoghurt — 2 cups

Grated Fresh Coconut — 1 cup

Curry Leaves — 10

Coriander Leaves — 4 tsp.

Mustard — 1/8 tsp.

Turmeric — 1/8 tsp.

Cooking oil — 1/2 cup

Dried Red Chilies — 2

Sugar — 1 tsp.

Cumin — 1 tsp.

Split Black Gram — 1/8 tsp.

Asafoetida — a pinch or two

Salt to taste

Method :

In a deep pot boil the mixed vegetables in a cup of water until tender. Keep aside. (If there is any

water left in the pot, do not discard it.

In a blender, blend yogurt, sugar, cumin, grated coconut, turmeric, salt, coriander leaves, a cup of water until well mixed. Pour this mixture into the

pot containing the vegetables and keep it on medium heat. Add the green chilies sliced lengthwise and simmer the contents for ten minutes. (Remember to stir frequently, as yogurt tends to stick to the bottom of the pot). Remove from heat and keep aside.

In a wide skillet heat oil on medium. When oil is hot add dry red peppers and fry for one minute. Then add mustard seeds, black gram and curry leaves. When the mustard seeds pop, add asafoetida. Immediately add the vegetables and sauce from the pot. Cook for a minute or two.Remove from heat.

Goes well with plain white rice, pita, paratha, puri.

If drumstick is not available, you can add some other vegetable. Eggplant, however, is not advised because it becomes bitter when boiled in water.

Preparation time: 40 minutes

Serves 4

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