Onam Special: Aviyal
The grand feast of `Onam` has a special name for itself and is celebrated in a special manner too. Often known as `Onasadhya`, this impressive spread of delicacies is served in Banana leafs. Aviyal is a special representative dish of Onam. Made from a variety of veggies, it is a must during the festival.
1/2 cup grated coconut
5 Green chillies
1/2 tsp cumin seeds 1cup yam Thinly sliced into 11/2" length pieces
1cup cucumber sliced lengthy into 11/2" length pieces
1cup snake gourd sliced into 11/2" length pieces
1/4cup carrot sliced into 11/2" length pieces
1/2cup long runner-beans sliced into 11/2" length pieces
2 drumstick cut into 2" length pieces
3 tblsp coconut oil 1 raw bananas sliced into 11/2" length pieces
raw mango pieces
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste
Grind coconut with green chilies and cumin seeds in paste and keep it aside. Heat coconut oil in a thick bottom vessel, add vegetables and cook it on a low flame without adding water. When the vegetables are cooked, add turmeric powder, salt and mix well. Put bananas and mango pieces in cooked vegetables and cover the vessel. When steam comes out, add the coconut paste and stir well. Remove from fire and garnish it with curry leaves .