Avial is one of the trademark Kerala recipes. Mild, stew-like, lush with juicy vegetables, creamy with yogurt, and flavored with fresh coconut and chilies ground to a paste, and tempered in coconut oil with curry leaves. Tastes great on rice, as a side dish for adai and pongal, and puliyodarai, and coconut rice. Requires a bunch of vegetables, but that’s it. Real simple to make.
Another staple in my kitchen – I have made sambar probably a thousand times or more, and can make it in under 30 minutes if I plan for it – have the dhal cooked and ready, and the vegetables cut or frozen. It’s then just a matter of making the spice blend, and boiling the sambar with the vegetables, spices and the dhal. Perfect for a sunday lunch with the ever popular potato roast (recipe to follow soon)!