Avial

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 :)…

Ingredients

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'

Method

– 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.

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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˜€

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          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˜€

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  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 ??

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  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˜€

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    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™‚

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  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

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  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!

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  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

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  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™‚

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  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™‚

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  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??

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  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™‚

    hugsssssss!!!

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  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.

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  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™‚

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  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˜€

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  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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