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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Adai, Aviyal & Pookolam

My friend Priyanka is hosting Festive Food Event - Onam this month.


Onam is the state festival of Kerala, South India. It is celebrated in honour of
Mahabali, the mythical Asura king of ancient Kerala. This harvest festival falls in August / September.

For more information on Onam festival, please
click here.

As promised her, I am submitting the recipe with the PooKolam too;) Pookolam are designs or decorations made with flowers and lamps in front of the houses to invite God. This is my first attempt to it. I couldn't get much flowers, so did it with Orchids and Marigolds. So have a look of it......






I never celebrated Onam, so tried to submit any dish from Kerala cuisine. Here is the famous Aviyal, which is the main dish in the Onam festival meal.


Ingredients:
Vegetables - 2 cups (Mix of carrots, drumsticks(moringa), pumpkin, snakegourd, bottlegourd, radish, raw bananas, beans, yam, etc - I used carrots, yam, beans, snake gourd, bottlegourd - cut into 2 inch long)
Small onions - 4-5
Grated coconut - 1 cup
Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
Yoghurt (curd) - 1/2 cup
Green chillies - 4
Curry leaves - few
Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon (optional)
Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Coconut oil or any oil - 1 tablespoon

Method:
Cook vegetables, 2 green chillies, turmeric powder in 1-2 cups of water, until they are soft.

Meanwhile, grind coconut, small onions, 2 chillies, cumin seeds to a fine paste with little water and keep aside.

Once veggies are cooked, add this paste, yoghurt, salt to taste and mix well.

Add water if the gravy is too thick. Put off the flame when it is about to boil.

Heat oil in a small pan and allow mustard seeds to splitter in it. Add curry leaves, fry for a minute and add this to the aviyal.

Aviyal can be had with rice or Paruppu Adai(Kind of pancake made with pulses or grains).

One more look with Adai:


Click here for Adai recipe.


Cooking time - 30 minutes
Serves 2-3 persons

29 Comments:

Priti said...

That's the real spirit dear..Pookolam looks fabulous...so nice of you to make that..and the lamps looking so sweet...avial and adai looking yummy..thanks for the wonderful entry

notyet100 said...

thnks Vani,u r a sweetheart,..pookalam is so beautiful,..thnks a ton,..nd avial looks yummy too,..:-)

SriLekha said...

wow! pookolam is looking so cute! adai and aviyal made my mouth to water it's a nice entry for the event!

Anonymous said...

Everything looks so good. I could see so much work went into it. Thanks for sharing.

Radha

Illatharasi said...

Priti, Priyanka, Sri, Radha, Thank you for lovely comments... I am blushing here ;) he he

Vidhya said...

Nice kolam vani. I like all the colors. Adai-avial is one of my favorite. Its a famous dish in Kerala and in my mom's place, we make it once a week.

Srivalli said...

flower rangoli is great..very beautiful...not to mention the other dishes ..

srikars kitchen said...

Nice kolam vani. I like all the colors. Adai-avial is one of my favorite.Looks nice .. nice combi.. nice click vani..

Cham said...

Beautiful pookalam! Love the combo :)

Suma Rajesh said...

looks great...also the avial..my fav dish..

Uma said...

Bravo, bravo! the flower rangoli is simply superb! Beautiful with the little candles. And the avial and dosa look equally great.

rekhas kitchen said...

yummy yum recipes i love the combo

DEESHA said...

looks yummy N pooollam is very beautiful vani

Rupali Jain said...

HI I have one question
I have seen in http://connect.sailusfood.com ie on site taste of india ur recipe has been posted by some SASHREE..infact mine too ..do u have any idea abt that..as i tried subscribing there many times but not able to see my blog/name there..but my recipe are there by SHSHREE...Whats that??

LG said...

Pookolam looks colorful and so is Aviyal. Good entry :)

sowmya said...

pookolam looks beautiful ..will try to do it for navrathri..
I too made avial for adai..will post adai tommorow..
good entries..
Regarding the gooseberry, i did not find anywhere nearby,,,no chances of my going to litlle india or mustafa..lets see if i can do something..

Ivy said...

Beautiful pictures with the flowers and the dish sounds great.

Valarmathi said...

Wow Pookolam looks fabulous. Avial looks yummy.

G.Pavani said...

hi pookaolam looks great

SriLekha said...

a small treat for u (not for u but for this nice pookolam) in my blog!

Ramya Bala said...

hey vani,luv the pookolam yaar and even the avial..lov it...

Purva Desai said...

Pookolam looks really neat and avial and adai both looks tempting...

karuna said...

the flower rangoli looks so festive. loved the avail dish too.
hey could u link back here with the adai recipe.
http://myluvforfood.blogspot.com/2008/08/indian-cooking-101-regional-foods-part.html.
thanks a lot

Divya Vikram said...

Lovely kolam..

raaji said...

pookalam looks real good....nice work...happy Onam

Madhuram said...

Lovey pookolam Vani. We also love the adai aviyal combination very much.

Shreya said...

Amazing pookalam. Love the Adai Aviyal combo:-)

Madhavi said...

Greattttt post, look divine and yummmm!!!

Sujatha said...

Nice pookolam, Vani.. Looks very divine...

Adai, Aviyal.. you are making me hungry.. :) its been a long time having this combo.. you've tempted me now, so will try soon :)