On the outset, I am going to declare that I have a positive bias towards this OPOS Aviyal. And I will tell you why I am right in having so. Here is the background – before OPOS happened, I had never been a fan of Aviyals as I found them to be just a mass of overcooked veggies. Most of the Aviyals that were served in marriages or restaurants lacked color, texture and ended up having one dimensional flavor. When RK published a post on the emulsification technique, I was intrigued.
I have been preparing the Aviyal base adapted from this technique only. So, first lets get started on by preparing the base. For the base you will need,
I blended the above ingredients with 2 tablespoons of yogurt into a thick smooth paste. You can also use water instead of yogurt for the base. The paste looked like this. Next, layered the pressure cooker with 3 teaspoons of water to avoid PC bottom burning and added the Aviyal vegetables. Here I have used a mixture of carrots, beans, broad beans, drumstick and raw banana. You can choose to use any starch fleshy vegetables.
On top of this I added the Aviyal base, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder and 1 tsp of salt.
I cooked this on high heat (1100w) for 3 whistles and released pressure manually to find,
Now, many people at this stage have remarked “the aviyal looks undercooked or just not cooked at all”. Even if you look at the above two pictures, unless I caption before and after, it is hard to find which one is the cooked one. Now, this is where I want you to believe in the magic of OPOS like I did. To this, I added 1 cup of whisked yogurt and stirred it up and…….Viola ! Isn’t this the easiest way to make Aviyal ever? With this technique the vegetables retain a rich color and the emulsification lends a super creamy consistency. You are gonna have to make it & taste it to believe in this OPOS Aviyal magic ! Please do try and I will silently pray here that you be bound by the OPOS magic as well !