1 Jan

Avial / Aviyal


Yam 4 (2 inch sized cubes)
Pumpkin 4 (2 inch sized cubes)
Ash Gourd 4 (2 inch sized cubes)
Snake Gourd 4 (2 inch sized pieces)
Carrot 4 (2 inch sized cubes)
Drumsticks 4 (4 inch long pieces)
Potato 4 (2 inch sized cubes)
Sweet Potato 4 (2 inch sized cubes)
Bottle Gourd 4 (2 inch sized cubes)
Freshly Scraped Coconut 1 cup
Thick Plain Yogurt 1 cup
Green Chiles 4
Cumin Seeds 1 tbsp
Salt to taste


Mustard Seeds 2 tsps
Curry Leaves 8
Pure Ghee / Fresh Coconut Oil 2 tbsps

Method of preparation:

Remove stems, wash and roughly chop green chiles.

Whisk together yogurt and coconut.
Grind green chiles, cumin seeds and salt into fine paste.

In a deep bottomed vessel, add all the chopped vegetable cubes, ground green chile paste and a cup of water.
Cook covered on low flame until all the vegetables are soft and just cooked.
Strain any excess water away.

Heat ghee or coconut oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add all cooked vegetables and whisked yogurt coconut mixture.
Stir thoroughly and remove from heat.
Serve with steamed rice.

Notes: Add your choice of vegetables except those that ooze color (beetroot), those that are sticky (bendi) and those that are bitter (bitter gourd).

9 Responses to “Avial”

  1. p.m.vijayalakshmi January 3, 2009 at 3:59 am #

    I want now more malie diesh

  2. Shanthi February 15, 2009 at 5:08 am #

    Me being a Keralite, honestly would suggest this dish as a must try! This is one among the traditional dishes which is served for all festivals….
    My Favourite Dish…..

  3. Poonam June 27, 2009 at 1:53 am #

    What is Yam? Please tell me this vegetable’s other names?

    • anusharaji June 29, 2009 at 8:11 am #

      @poonam elephant’s foot yam= suran = kanda gadda.

  4. Vanishree Venugopal November 17, 2009 at 1:37 am #

    You don’t have to use mustard seeds for the talimpu; just add the ground coconut/jeera(optnl.)/yoghurt mixture to the cooked vegetables with salt, and garnish with curry leaves(karuveppilai). Just add fresh coconut oil on top when it is almost done. Cover the avial as the aroma will escape.

  5. Suma December 23, 2009 at 8:33 pm #

    what is Yogurt?Please tell me this other names?

  6. Vanishree Venugopal December 24, 2009 at 5:51 am #

    Dear Suma, yoghurt is just plain curds; especially for aviyal, if you can use a bit of sour curds it is splendid to taste.

  7. pmvijayalakshmi February 18, 2010 at 3:24 am #

    i will make new sweet dish you help me

  8. vijaya murthi December 27, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

    This is a good dish . You can add green peas too as it looks & tastes good. I usually grind the coconut with yogurt & a little jeera so that it blends well . Thanks.

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