Avial is a typical Malayali dish made with a mix of vegetables, curd & coconut. It is prepared with much gusto, especially during festivals, weddings and other special occasions.

Even though this dish is a side-dish, it is sometimes made with gravy and eaten with rice.

I always thought Avial was a very difficult curry to make, hence never gave it a try…till last week that is. I made it on Onam, and surprisingly it turned out well. And was very easy to make too.

Chinkurli had wanted to know the recipe of Avial and I’d said that I would share it if my attempt turned out fine.

Also, when Sari mentioned that Ona-sadya reminded her of me, I was so thrilled that I felt the best way to thank her was by sharing the recipe of this dish which is such an integral part of Ona-sadya πŸ™‚

So, Chinkurli, Sari, this one is for you :)…


Vegetables ( Yam, Pumpkin, Ash Gourd, Plantain, Beans, Carrot, Drumsticks, all cut in long thin pieces)- 2 cup
Turmeric– 1 teaspoon **
Curd– 1/2 cup
Scraped coconut– 1 cup
Green Chillies– 4-5
Coconut Oil– 2 teaspoons
Curry leaves– 3-4 sprigs
Salt– taste

Avial made @ Deeps'


– Place all the vegetables in a thick bottomed vessel.

– Add turmeric and salt and sprinkle some water over the vegetables.

– Cook the them till they are soft. Make sure the vegetables don’t break or stick to one another.

– Coarsely grind the coconut and green chillies and mix them well with curd.

– Add them to the cooked vegetables and stir carefully.

– Remove from fire.

– Put some coconut oil and garnish the avial with curry leaves.

** Turmeric is an optional ingredient. In some parts of Kerala, Avial is prepared without turmeric.

TIP: Avoid using too much of water when preparing it as a side-dish.

46 thoughts on “Avial

      1. LOL,Vimmu…I had the exact same thought when I saw her DP but was too scared of those knit-brows to comment on it. You’re brave,da! Shabaash!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


          1. sabaash..mouthwaassh…they call me indian spiderman for nothing ! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

            ok, I call myself, so what ! πŸ˜€

            D: I can see from your DP how desperately you want to be known as the ‘Indian Spiderman’ πŸ˜€


  1. Thanx a lot deeps for the wonderful recipe.Even i thought it is very diffiuclt to make avial,never knew it is such a simple recipe.

    Today it is market day will go and get those veggies u mentioned and will do it for tomorrow’s lunch.Have to use all the 7 veggies u mentioned or can change few like ash gourd and yam ??


  2. Not one of my favs, to be honest. I’ve always felt the end result does not justify the effort put in . (In other words I just too lazy to make it πŸ˜‰ )

    D: He He..Avial is not one of my favorites too..I like it only when my Amma makes. But it was a dish I always wanted to make but kept putting it off for fear of goofing up πŸ˜€


    1. @ Dreamer: Avial is actually very simple. When I make rice in the pressure cooker, I just add another container with the thick chopped veggies. They both get cooked at the same time. The veggies will be a little soft, but what the heck, they taste just as good, when you add the curd-coconut mixture and boil πŸ™‚


  3. Yummyyyyyy!!! I have always hated vegetables, and Avial is the ONLY way I can eat them AND enjoy it too πŸ™‚ Pic is awesome, Deeps. Looks soo healthy!!!

    D: I know..its so nutricious,isnt it?? Thats the best part of this dish


  4. Avial is my fav too πŸ™‚ I always thought it was hard to make, till I had to make it myself once I got married. Then it became a staple; easier to make than many other kerala recipes. Looks good Deeps.

    D: I never thought it would be so easy, Lakshmi. Even though my Amma kept telling me it was, I always thought she was just being herself..for her every dish is easy to make :D. She ‘s an amazing cook!


  5. I’m a big Avial fan….

    Amma makes yum avial and ya, I know too much water makes it so loose…. a dash of coconut oil at the end makes it tastier.. cutting them 1 inch long each takes time though, but it’s ok… the end result is super tasty πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›

    D: Thankfully I had my helper to do all the cutting of vegetables for me. Else I doubt if I’d have made the dish. Yep, I’m super-lazy!!

    Yummm yummm


  6. Yummy yummy Deeps πŸ™‚
    We hd avial for dinner today and now I see this post of urs πŸ™‚ Thatz one awesome pic πŸ˜€

    D: Wow, what a coincidence πŸ™‚

    The only thing I omit is the coconut oil πŸ™‚


  7. First of all let me give u a big smile! πŸ™‚

    Not tht im proud of ur avial! πŸ˜‰

    Im happy tht u called it a ‘Malayali’ dish instead of “Mallu”!I so hate that term…I hate it more when the same malayalis take pride in referring to themselves as a mallu!! Grrr!!

    D: Rakesh, I appreciate and respect you for saying this,really! And for the very reason, I’ll be nice to you too today..no leg-pulling for 24 hours πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚

    For tht special reason i cant be mean to u today πŸ™‚

    And ya i do like avial along with sambhar, achar and other stuff! πŸ™‚


    1. and im not kidding, mallu in some dictionary means monkey, it seems. I have an email forward with a scanned copy of a dictionary !!! Even I hate the usage of mallu !


  8. Oh dear…this is my favorite dish !!! And I make it quite often to make the girls eat more veggies, which they are not aware of… πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ Becos they love avial, they just eat off whatever veggies I put in that. πŸ™‚

    Adai (Paruppu dosai) and Avial is a damn great combo and most sought after at home. πŸ™‚

    Of course, Avial goes well with Bisibela too…me loveee this one…I think I’ll do it today. I am hungry for avial, after this post. πŸ™‚

    D: I love Bisibela! Can you share the recipe please, Ums??


  9. Deeps!!! Avial?! You should stay away from my mom…she will willingly adopt anyone who loves avial…and if they know how to cook it…khallas!!! I will be living on my terrace… πŸ™„

    D: Ha ha ha

    It does look appetizing the way you have arranged it! πŸ˜€ but that doesn’t mean u can feed it to me, okie? :mrgreen:

    Btw, that header with namnam is adorable!! muahs to the lil one!!!!

    D: Muahs to you too from her πŸ™‚



  10. Talking about Avial actually reminded me of this rock band from Kerala called Avial. Ever heard them?

    D: Yes Yes, I have :). I remember watching their interview on NDTV once. Am yet to hear their music though.


  11. I love every post that talks about food and that gorgeous picture got me hooked (more so cause of that beautiful runner πŸ˜‰ )
    Every recipe is delight for a cooking fanatic like me πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    Will try it sometime with the summer around πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    D: Do try it and let me know how it fared for you πŸ™‚


  12. Avial..! All the sadya items remind me I m yet to learn any of those…I m truly crafty’s sis in that sense! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    D: ha ha ha…You’ll learn it..its a matter of a few more matrimonial mish-mashes πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€


  13. I love avial πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ but what I din’t like in food?? πŸ™„ πŸ™„

    Anyway Deeps, will you treat me with Avial if we meet someday in ur home??? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


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