Avial (vegetables in yogurt)
During this festival called Pongal (Harvest festival in India - which comes in the month of january) my grandmom used to make this for the whole family to feast on!!
It was an occasion when all daughters and grand-daughters visited their grandparents home and prayed together for the health and well-being of their respective brothers...
I lost my younger brother to cancer in 2009
All the memories of this day have since stood etched in my heart and whenever I make this traditional dish at home...I feel like I am cooking for my brother himself :)
How to Make Avial (vegetables in yogurt)
- 1Heat vegetable oil in a saucepan and once heated, add the mustard seeds and cover the pan with a lid.
- 2Once the mustard seeds have popped, add the washed and drained can of vegetables to the pan and fry for about 4-5 min.
- 3Meanwhile, in a blender make a powder of cumin seeds, coconut and green chilli. Add this powder to the vegetable mixture, add salt, 1/2 cup of water and bring it to a boil.
- 4After having cooked for about 10 min, turn off the heat and set it aside to cool. After the mixture has cooled, stir in the cup of yogurt. Serve immediately :)