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)
Adhirasam – Visual recipe
Adhirasam is a traditional Indian sweet recipe belonging to Tamil cuisine. It is a very popular recipe in Tamil culture that is also made in various festive celebrations.
Lets see how to make Adhirasam
- Raw rice flour – 3 measure
- Jaggery – 1/4 kg sugar (as per taste)
- Dry ginger powder – 1 tbsp
- Khas khas – 1 tbsp
- Cooking oil for deep frying
Making the batter:
Step 1: Add dry ginger powder and khas khas to the rice flour.
Step 2: Shred the jaggery and take it in a pan.
Step 3: Heat the jaggery along with little water and melt it.
Step 4: Mix the hot jaggery liquid to the rice flour and mix it to a thick consistency as seen in pic. Keep the mixed flour in a bowl and smear little oil on the top. Keep the mix aside for 12 hours.
Tip: Strain the hot jaggery liquid in a metal strainer to remove any sands.
Step 5: After 12 hours, the dough is ready to made into Adhirasam. With hands, flatten the adhirasam like doughnut or vada and deep fry in oil. Your tasty adhirasam is ready to eat. While frying, optionally you can add a pinch of baking soda to give crispiness to the dish.
Tip: The dough can be kept in fridge for 10 days and taken out when in need to make Adhirasams.
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.