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Avial (Madras Style Vegetables)

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1/2 cup green peas, thawed
2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch rounds
1 medium yellow squash, cut into 1/4 inch rounds
1 green plantain, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch strips
1 small red bell pepper, cut into 1/4 inch strips
1 cup green beans, french cut
10 fresh curry leaves
1 tsp. turmeric powder
1/2 cup ground coconut
6 green chilies, seeded and minced
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1/2 cup plain yogurt
salt to taste
1 tsp coconut oil

  • In a large saucepan combine the peas, carrots, squash, plantain, bell peppers, beans, turmeric and curry leaves. Add a cup of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer partially covered until vegetables are tender and have absorbed all the liquid (10 minutes).
  • Do not let the vegetables get too mushy. The slight crunch of the vegetables adds to the flavor of the dish.
  • In a bowl whisk the yogurt and set aside.
  • In a blender mix the coconut, chilies and cumin seeds into a paste using very little water.
  • Add this to the yogurt and mix the salt into this seasoned yogurt.
  • Add to the cooked vegetables in the pan. Sprinkle the coconut oil and mix well taking care not to break the vegetables.
  • Cover and simmer over very low heat until the mixture is warmed through. Serve hot.

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