Thursday, 13 September 2012

Avial - Keralan mixed vegetable l Kukskitchen

When ever I go to Kerala, avial is top in the list of things I ask my mum to cook for me. Her avial is 'world-famous' and she makes it with such precision.

Avial being the king dish of vegetables takes its place quite high up in an onasadya. Avial is a perfect accompaniment in a sadya, but in my house avial gets made especially during good friday for lunch which is the only meal that day and it has to be vegetarian.

A variety of vegetables can be used in an avial, which includes drumsticks, yam, raw banana, ash gourd (kumbalanga), yard long beans (achinga payar) and more recently carrots, potato and cucumber. In this recipe I have added, in addition, ivy gourd (kovakka) and snake gourd (padavalanga) too.

Presented is her recipe which I use.


1 - Vegetables - 500 g cut in to long rectangular prisms.
      Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
      Salt to taste
2 - Coconut grated - 1/2 cup
     Green chilli - 1 or more according to your fiery threshold
     Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
     Garlic clove - 1
3 - Natural yogurt - 1/4 cup
4 - Coconut oil - 2 tbsp
5 - Curry leaves for garnish


- Cook vegetables in just enough water to cover, together with salt and turmeric till done. I add vegetables with longer cooking time like yam and raw banana first followed a few minutes later by potato and carrots and then later the quicker veggies to the pot to avoid a mash effect.
- Meanwhile grind (2) in as little water as possible.
- Add this to the cooked veggies and cook for another few minutes. Avoid the temptation to go heavy on the cooking spoon, so the veggies can retain their shape.
- Add yogurt and stir.
- Remove from hob and add coconut oil and curry leaves mixing with light hands.



Sherin Deepu


  1. lekshmy prasad8:53 am

    I have such good memories with aviyal,as a kid I used to be soo crazy about this dish that everywhere I went people made it for me.My grandmother's aviyal is the best I've ever eaten to this day!!I have heard that adding garlic to the coconut mix is a trivandrum twist!!

    1. I know! Each region seems to have their own version of classic s like this. My mum learned it from trivandrum as it is not one thats made in her or my dad's household.

    2. What do u grind ur coconut with Lekshmy?

  2. Kuku,

    Lovely avial my all time favorite i can eat this daily...

    Rose Celebration Cake for Husband

    1. thanks for the comment priya. I'm gonna check ur blog for the rose cake now.

  3. looks awesome...makes me hungry
    Tasty Appetite

  4. This is ofcourse a healthy & tasty dish!! Loved it always!!

  5. Avial looks very delicious my favorite one.

  6. I am not a fan of avial, don't know why. But your avial is looking different in the photo, my mom always adds too much mango or curd and make it too sour and spoil it. So I never liked avial. But yeah my husband, though not a malayali likes it and I have seen many non-malayalis are big fans of avial. Thanks sherin for your version. Will try this one out and teach my mom :-P

    1. Try this and see how u like it. Do take a picture ketto. :)

  7. wow !! Looks delicious.. Thanks for linking this to my event... Please do add the event-announcement link( Expecting more recipes from you :)

    Inviting you to join my on-going events :-

    Onam Sadhya Grand Feast

    Vinayagar Chathurthi Event

    Sharans Samayalarai

    1. I have linked ur event logo picture to ur page dear. Is that good enough?

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A doctor in my day job and a food writer and food photographer by night. I came in to cooking because of the people around me, be it the women in family who are amazing cooks or the men who luv to eat. My son is my best critic. :) Started cooking while I was at school, my first attempt being a sweetie, no surprise there for people who know me. I got interested in cooking more after marriage, as most girls do. My experiments with food blossomed after coming to the UK, where the grocery stores opened up a variety of foodie opportunities for my hungry tum.

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