Monday, June 30, 2008

10 Simple Aviyals

Aviyals are easy – have a blender ready and you can turn them out by the dozen. Most Aviyals need not even be cooked. Just mix in boiled vegetables with the blended coconut – chili – yogurt mix and serve!

This cookbook lists 10 simple Aviyals. It is greatly simplified so that a first time cook can easily cook them. For detailed recipes and variations, check out the more detailed recipes from my fellow bloggers below.

1.: Easy Aviyal is simple. Blend coconut salt & chili, mix in yogurt and boiled vegetables – and your aviyal is ready.

2.: Pal Aviyal (Coconut milk Aviyal) replaces a part of coconut with coconut milk, making it more flavourful.

3.: Creamy Aviyal replaces a part of yogurt with sour cream, making it creamier.

4.: Thick Aviyal replaces yogurt with yogurt cheese, almost turning the Aviyal into a salad.

5.: Common Aviyal is what gets cooked most often in Kerala and Tamilnadu kitchens.

6.: Namboodiri Aviyal replaces chilies with pepper.

7.: Tomato Aviyal replaces a part of yogurt with sour tomatoes.

8.: Puli Aviyal (Tamarind Aviyal) replaces a part of yogurt with tamarind. (Or yogurt can be omitted totally).

9.:. Manga Aviyal (Mango Aviyal) replaces a part of yogurt with raw mango..

10.: Kalla Veetu Aviyal (Chettinad Aviyal) is Chettiar’s take on the Kerala dish, which uses cinnamon, cloves fennel and red chilies.

And that is my second submission for AFAM - coconut

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