Jul 13, 2012

Avial Made in Microwave - Microwave Cooking Recipes

Most of you know that cooking with microwave is a breeze and so easy..But somehow I am not ok with that, I don't really like cooking in microwave but I use it for cooking the veggies before making a thoran or poriyal, reheating foods, defrosting frozen goodies..I don't really cook foods with it, because I love to watch my foods while it is cooking and observe the changes and flavours it creates in a pot..If you cook in a microwave you don't get that pleasure..

So you may ask me "Then why did you start this series of microwave cooking in your blog?"..Yes I can get you..It is because I have a sweet brother who is leaving to US for 6 weeks inorder to complete some projects or whatever man..He called me and made a sweet order to post microwave recipes in my blog because that is the only equipment which they provide in their room…In addition to this he also told me that it should be easy to cook and foods which can be made with in 30 mins with minimal ingrediants..

How could I not do this..So I made quite a few dishes in my little microwave..I will post everything soon..The one thing I realized is it is so easy to cook in a microwave, it takes less time to make too...I think I will start using my microwave hereafter..So off you go to the recipe and many more recipe is on its way..

Preparation Time : 10 mins

Cooking Time : 16 mins
Standing Time : 5 mins


Beans - 10 cut into 3 cm pieces
Carrot - 1 large cut into 3 cm pieces
Potato - 1 large peeled and cut into 3 cm pieces
Peas - 1/2 cup 9 I used Frozen)
Turmeric powder / Manjal podi - 1 tsp
Tamarind Pulp - 1 tblspn (click here for recipe)
Salt to taste
Water - 1/4 cup

For Masala:
Coconut - 1 cup
Dry Red Chilli / Green Chilli - 3
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1 tsp

For Tempering:
Coconut Oil - 1 tblspn
Mustard Seeds / Kaduku - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeerkam - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 spring


Grind together coconut, chilli and cumin to a very smooth paste. Don't add too much water. The paste should be thick.Keep this aside.

Take a microwave safe bowl and add in all the veggies along with some salt and turmeric powder. Pour a splash of water and cover the pan with a microwave safe lid.

Microwave on high power for 10 mins. When the timer goes off, leave a standing time of 3 mins and remove the bowl from the oven.

Now add in the ground masala and tamarind to the veggies and mix well.

Put the bowl back in the microwave and cook uncovered on high for 5 mins.

Give a standing time of 2 mins and remove It from oven and mix well.

Make the seasoning. Take a small microwave safe bowl. Add a tblspn of oil and throw in mustard, cumin, curry leaves and mix well.

Microwave this on high power for a min.

Remove this from oven and pour over the avial.Mix well.

Serve with rice.

Take all your ingrediants
You need coconut, dry red chilli and cumin seeds for grinding
Make it into a fine puree
Take all your veggies in a bowl
add a splash of water to it
add in turmeric and salt
mix well
cover it with a lid
and microwave for 10 mins
Use a oven gloves to remove the bowl from the oven
add in the ground coconut mixture
and tamarind
mix well
microwave again uncovered
till the gravy is thick and veggies is cooked
Now make the seasoning..Take oil in a bowl and add all the tempering ingrediants
mix well
Microwave for a min
Everything must have popped
pour this over the avial
Mix & Serve


  1. as usual..yum Aarthi..love the bowl.

  2. Nice recipe dear..never tried it in microwave.


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  3. Thats an easy and tasty Aviyal !!!


  4. great. i got a new convection oven just few weeks back and still trying to understand how to cook. my son wants me to do everything in oven but i m so used to my gas stop chulha that i find it hard with timer and things

    i did try some easy things like grilling sandwich and making pizza

    i wud be following your microwave recipes even more closely now aarthi

  5. I never made any curries in microwave. This curry looks perfect. Will try this out..

  6. looks so delicious. Nice dish. Nice that you did all this in MW.

  7. Quick and delicious aviyal.

  8. I have tried almost all sort of south indian cooking in Microwave, it's okay, but not good as our tradional cooktop cooking. The main reason is, the water content in the vegetables (Juices) gets heated up as the microwaves pass throuh it and the those juices cooks the veggies and finally its all evaporated.(All items in Microwave are cooked from inside to outside / traditional cooking cook from outside to inside)--- So what we get will be a liitle dried but nutiously cooked. But the main problem is the veggies will not absorb any sauce after that so you cannot expect the taste of the spicyness in the veggies when compared to the traditional cooking.

  9. Just a tip..
    Never use any sort of plastic dish (Including microwave safe) when u have to use oil, especially for seasoning like thalikarathukku, always use either glass bowl or any ceramic dish (without any metal trimming). Most Plastic bowl can hold upto 110 deg whereas oil can go more than that very easily so you will endup in corroded bottom of the plastic dish (I learnt it from my own experiance :-( & it costed me two real good big plastic bowl's)


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