AnirudhTrivia : The Avial was initially prepared from vegetables leftover from cooking everything else. Hence it had, and still does have, only secondary importance.
RahulMore Trivia: Though it has only secondary importance, among the items of sadya, Avial shines with a unique taste !
Anirudh@Rahul Pisharody : probably why it is the first item from the right on the sadyavattam :)
Gomathyanother small piece of trivia : towards central and South Kerala, mango is added for the sourness while Palakkad guys add curd hence their avial is slightly white in colour. We the seeds of jackfruit instead of potatao. Also, we sometimes add raw papaya if avaialble.
Anirudh@Gomathy : ah yes, amma tends to add raw mango when in season (she's from Vaikkom) but I've seen the white kind of avial also. I love it when the jackfruit seeds (chakkakuru) is added. Fried dal can also be added. This must be the most flexible dish in Indian cuisine.
Gomathyeven i love the one with jackfruit seeds :). but fried dal is news to me !!
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