Aviyal – Recipe [step by step visual recipe]
Aviyal basically is prepared of assorted vegetables steam cooked with addition of minimal masala and coconut. The dish is unique to Kerala and Tamil cuisine and each region might have a different versions to it but the basic principles remain the same. The choice of vegetables can vary and it’s also a convenient way to round off the left over vegetables in your kitchen.
The avial recipe am sharing here is how my mom makes it.
Ingredients for Aviyal:
Cucumber – 1 small
Brinjal (regular) – 1 medium size
Long green brinjal – 1 small
Raw banana – 1 small
Drumstick – 1
Beans – 3
Carrot – 1 small
Yam – 50 gm (optional)
Mango (raw) – 1 small
(if not available can be substituted with lemon and curd)
Coconut – 1/2 shredded
Green chilly – 3 0r 4
Jeera – 1 tsp
Tamarind powder -
Salt – to taste
curd – 1 tbsp
Coconut oil or any cooking oil – 1 tbsp
How to make Aviyal
Cut all the vegetables finger-size long
Coarsely grind green chillies, few strands of curry leaves, jeera and turmeric powder and keep aside. Grate the coconut.
Add the vegetables in the cooking pan, the coarsely ground green chilly mixture, salt as per taste, 1 spoon oil and sprinkle little water.
Cover with a lid and steam cook it in low flame. Keep stirring in between and if required sprinkle water during the process.
The vegetables getting cooked …
When the vegetables are cooked, add the coconut, few curry leaves and 1/2 spoon oil
And mix well… Optionally you can add little curd to the mixture while removing from pan.
Aviyal is ready to be served. Traditionally it is served with rice but it also goes well with roti, dosa especially ada dosa (dal dosa)
Idli Batter Pakoda – Visual Recipe
A lazy weekend and suddenly you feel to the urge to have something hot and crispy, you child comes back from school and demands a snack, you find sudden guest knocking your door and you want to make something? Here is a quick recipe everyone would love to bite. But wait it is an instant recipe provided you have idly batter ready at home. You have it ? Well, then time to treat yourself and your family with a quick , crunchy and tasty snack.
- Idly batter – 2 measures
- Rice flour – Half measure.
- Channa dal (kadalai parupu) – Quarter measure
- Onion – 2 big
- Green chilly – as per taste
- Red chilly powder – as per taste
- Curry leaves – 8-10 leaves
- Salt – as per taste
- Asafoetida powder – a pinch
- Baking soda (optional) – a pinch
Step 1: Mix Idly batter and Rice flour (ratio of 2 : 0.5) along with other ingredients. Make the dough to a thick consistency (like you make for roti or poori)
Step 2: Keep the mixed dough aside and heat the cooking oil in a pan.
Step 3: Make small balls of the dough with your fingers and fry it golden brown.
Step 4: Crispy, tasty instant vada is ready to relish.
Maladu – Visual Recipe
Maladu or Pottu kadalai urundai is an easy to make laddu variety.
- Bhuna Channa (roasted gram / pottu kadalai)
Take a measure of bhuna channa (pottu kadalai) and sugar as per your choice.
Grind bhuna channa (pottu kadalai) and sugar together into powder form.
Add ghee to the grinded flour.
Mix well to the consistency as shown in the picture below.
Make balls out of the mixed flour to make laddus.
Delicious maladu is ready to eat. Enjoy the yummy dish!
Black Til Laddu – Visual recipe
This is a simple, easy to make , healthy traditional snack made with black sesame seeds ( black til seeds) . In Tamil the dish is called Ellu urundai.
- Black Til (black sesame seeds)
Step 1: Roast the til (sesame seeds) in low flame till they crackle.
Step 2: Grind the roasted til in mixie grinder to make a powder. Add shredded jaggery to it and grind again. You will get the final mix like how its shown in the picture below.
Step 3: Make balls with the mixture. Your delicious black til laddu is ready to eat.
Black til laddu makes a healthy, nutritious and delicious laddu for your kids.
Eat healthy, Stay healthy.