Friday, April 1, 2011

Avial- Vegetables in coconut sauce

I don't think this kerala delicacy needs any introduction. The unusual medley of vegetables, makes this curry not only tasty but also visually appealing as well. This potpourri of vegetables is best served with a bowl of steamed rice.

Avial recipe
Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time- 15mins

Drumsticks- 2, cubed
Green beans- chopped
Raw banana- 1,cubed
Peas- about 1/4 cup
Salt- to taste
Thick curd- 1/2 cup
For the paste:
Grated fresh coconut- 6-7tbsp
Green chillies- 2
Jeera or cumin seeds- 1tsp
Turmeric- 1/4tsp
A little water
For the seasoning:
Coconut oil- 1tbsp
Jeera- 1/2tsp
Hing- A big pinch
Curry leaves- 1 sprig

  • Par boil all the vegetables and keep aside.
  • Grind the coconut, green chillies, turmeric and jeera with a little water to a coarse paste.
  • Add the ground paste and 1/4 cup of water to the par boiled vegetables and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Add salt and curds and simmer for 5 mins.
  • Heat the coconut oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds.
  • Once they sputter add the hing and curry leaves.
  • Fry till the curry leaves are crisp and add the seasoning to the boiling mixture.
  • Take off the heat and serve hot with rice.


  1. looks so yummy, luv the click too with all the ingredients in the background!

  2. Aviyal are always welcome in my place, havent had since a long..

  3. A classic your presentation is FANTASTIC!

    US Masala

  4. Looks soo yummy !!
    Avial is my one of my fav :-)

  5. lovely avial recipe... all time classic!!!

  6. Makes one delicious & mouthwatering meal!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  7. Lovely presentation! My all time fav:)

  8. wonderful combination of vegetables

  9. How wonderful. I just love finding new recipes like this that I know I will love. I can't wait to try this one! Thanks for sharing.

  10. I never made this dish before. Can i use packaged grated coconut ? I will not get fresh grated coconut out here..

  11. Hi Kankana,

    You can use packaged coconut. Just soak the required quantity in a little water for an hour and grind along with the other ingredients.:)

  12. I love that these are some new ingredients for me. I would love to try out some of the flavors. Thanks!

  13. what an interesting dish. i love curries from all over but don't think i've run into anything quite like this before. looking forward to experimenting! saving to

  14. I had tbis once on my visit to Palaghat.Love the flavors and colorful veggies that go in.Happy Ugadi Nishi


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