Aviyal (Mixed Vegetables With Sauce)

Course : Curry
Serves: 4
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1 cup white squash -- (pumpkin), cubed
3 cups mixed vegetables*
4 medium green chiles
2 cups plain yogurt
1 cup grated fresh coconut
10 medium curry leaves
4 teaspoons coriander leaves
1/8 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 cup cooking oil
2 medium dried red chiles
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon cumin
1/8 Cup split black gram
1 dash asafetida -- (or 2)
1 teaspoon salt -- to taste

Preparation / Directions:

* (Chopped French Beans, Cauliflower, Drumstick*, Bell Pepper, Potato) In a deep pot boil the mixed vegetables in a cup of water until tender. Keep aside. (If there is any water left in the pot, do not discard it). In a blender, blend yogurt, sugar, cumin, grated coconut, turmeric, salt, coriander leaves, a cup of water until well mixed. Pour this mixture into the pot containing the vegetables and keep it on medium heat. Add the green chiles sliced lengthwise and simmer the contents for ten minutes. (Remember to stir frequently, as yogurt tends to stick to the bottom of the pot). Remove from heat and keep aside. In a wide skillet heat oil on medium. When oil is hot add dry red peppers and fry for one minute. Then add mustard seeds, black gram and curry leaves. When the mustard seeds pop, add asafetida. Immediately add the vegetables and sauce from the pot. Cook for a minute or two. Remove from heat. Goes well with plain white rice, pita, paratha, puri. *If drumstick is not available, you can add some other vegetable. Eggplant, however, is not advised because it becomes bitter when boiled in water.

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