Friday, August 9, 2013



Avial is one of the most famous vegetarian dishes of Kerala, and no Onam Sadya ( festive lunch for the Onam festival) is considered complete without this dish. This dish is basically made of mixed vegetables, coconut masala, and curds, tempered with coconut oil and curry leaves. It is fairly easy to make and goes well as an accompaniment to rice or adais.

The kinds of vegetables you use and the extent of gravy you make depends on your choice. Yam, pumpkin, ash gourd, carrots, drumsticks, peas, beans, raw banana and raw mangoes are frequently used. However, try to avoid leafy vegetables and also ladies' fingers as they tend to get too mushy.

Keep in mind that the different vegetables used take varying times to cook. While most of the vegetables can be pressure cooked together  (1 whistle), the drumsticks need to be cooked separately.

  • Yam, 100 grams
  • Raw Banana, 1
  • Potato, 1
  • Ash Gourd, 100 grams
  • Drumstick, 1
  • Beans + Carrot, 100 grams
  • Shelled Green Peas, 1/2 cup
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/2 tsp
  • Coconut Oil, as required
  • Curry Leaves, a few
  • Fresh Thick Curds, 1 cup
  • Salt, to taste
To be ground into a paste:
  • Coconut Gratings, 1 cup
  • Jeera, 1 tsp
  • Green Chillies, 7
  • Rice, 1 tsp


Peel and chop the vegetables into 2 " pieces.
Cook these vegetables with turmeric powder and salt.
Grind together grated coconut, green chillies, jeera, and rice to a paste
Add this paste to the cooked vegetables and boil
Let it cool
Now add the curd that is whipped
Season with curry leaves in coconut oil
Mix well
Serve hot with rice

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