13 October, 2011


Aviyal is one of the main side dishes served in a traditional Kerala style meal, Sadhya. It is a very simple dish, very easy to prepare and tastes really great.

Every region in Kerala has their own version with a few changes here and there. But basically it is made of  mixed vegetables and grated coconut. The kind of vegetables and the seasoning used is what varies. This recipe is my Mum's version. I've had a lot of Aviyals, none as good as this one. I might be biased, but definitely Ranjit is not, even he likes this version


Serves 6-8
Preparation Time: 20minutes
Cooking time: 20minutes

Ingredients I used:

1kg  Mixed Vegetables (800gms after peeling and de-seeding)

  • 1 Plantain
  • 3 Drumsticks
  • 3 Tomatoes
  • 2 small Carrots
  • 5 French beans
  • A handful Cluster beans
  • 10cm long piece of Snake gourd and ash gourd
For seasoning the vegetables
  • 1tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1tsp Red chilly  powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 5-6 Green Chillies slit 
  • ½ cup water
For the grinding coconut  
  • 1½ cups Grated Coconut
  • 1tsp Cumin seeds
  • 3 cloves of Garlic
  • 3 baby/ small Onions 
  • ½ inch piece of Ginger
  • 2sprigs of Curry leaves
Final seasoning
  • 3tbsp sour curd
  • 1tsp coconut oil

Procedure I followed :

 1. Peel, wash, chop and de-seed the vegetables to 1½- 2inch long pieces.

2. Place the chopped vegetables in the a cooking vessel, preferably deep with two handles. It is advisable to not use a spoon to stir the vegetables, as the vegetables stand a risk of getting cut or mushy with a spoon. The vegetables are gently tossed to mix with all the ingredients and hence the depth and the handle of the pot helps in tossing, if you have previously no experience of tossing the vegetables.

3. Add 1tsp turmeric powder, 1tsp chilly powder, 5-6 slit green chillies, salt to taste and ½ cup water to the vegetables. Toss ( be very careful if you have to use a spoon) the vegetables to mix well.Cover this and cook initially on high heat till the water starts to boil, then lower the heat and let it cook for 15 minutes. Keep an eye, so that the vegetables don't get overcooked.

4. While the vegetables are cooking, First, grind  the 3 small onion, ½ inch piece ginger, 3 cloves of garlic, 2sprigs of curry leaves and 1tsp cumin seeds roughly. To this add the coconut and grind for 15 seconds. The coconut is just roughly ground, don't grind too much as it will become a paste which is not needed at all for Avial.

5.  Add the ground coconut mixture to the cooked vegetables and toss it until it is mixed well. Cook for 3minutes.

6. Add 3tbsp sour curd and 1tsp coconut oil, mix well.

 7. Serve hot with rice.

1. I added tomatoes as the curd I had wasn't sour enough.
2. If you do not want to add red chilly powder, you can just add extra green chillies.
3. You can easily make this the microwave too.

Health & Nutrition:

  • Mixed vegetables are a good source of dietary fiber, sodium. vitamin A, vitamin C, iron and calcium.
  • Coconut contains vitamin C, calcium and a high percentage of iron.
  • Garlic contains high amounts of sulphur which makes it a natural antibiotic.
  • Cumin seeds contain iron, and is known to aid digestion.
  • Coconut also contains high amount of saturated fats, which raise the LDL(low density lipo-protein) / bad cholesterol level. It is advised if you have high cholesterol levels avoid food items containing saturated fats.

I'm linking this to the Kerala Kitchen hosted by Khushi at A Girls Diary..


  1. Super tempting aviyal..looks fabulous!!
    Loved your new space,Anisha and let me be the first follower :-)

  2. Congratulations for your new blog..Glad to follow you..liked your step by step pictures very much..

  3. soooooper!!!!!!looks so good....

  4. Ages since I had avial with all the typical Kerala veggies...Ur clicks made me really nostalgic


  5. very delicious and lovely aviyal, its my all time fav dish..well explained and nice clicks..thanx for the visit to my space...

  6. Hi anisha
    First time here...u have a nice space shaping here...loved your photography n writing...I am paired with for BHW -nov month :) btw aviyal looks so inviting n lovely preparation...wonderful pic loved it !!!
    Do visit mine when time permits..,thank you !!

  7. wow...excellent photography..
    love your space...very intersting posts Anisha..

    Avial sounds scrumptiously tasty..

    Am your happy follower now..:)
    wish to see you in my space too..
    Tasty Appetite

  8. Sorry, I missed your mail, earlier, girl!
    LOve the new fresh look of the foodblog! Apt header for the title too.
    Feeling so happy for you :)
    Great going! keep up your good work!
    Since you had re written posts i presume u'd lost the comments under them. thats fine, u'll catch up with hundreds to come! :)
    All the best with your neat and homely food blog!

  9. Hi Anisha, welcome to blogging,ur blog is having a rich look with gorgeous clicks,amazing.Happy to be ur follower now.Hav some time in my space too.

  10. Thank you all for the encouragement.

  11. Hi Anisha, first time here - your avial is eye-catching :) Always wonderful to see new talent !
    Do check my blog - look forward to seeing you there :)

    And do check out my blog giveaways dearhttp://priyasnowserving.blogspot.com/search/label/Blog%20Anniversary%20Giveaways%20on%20going


  12. hey i've become a fan of ur blogs..luvd this too

  13. I'm glad you like my blogs... Thank you so much!

  14. First time here, love ur space...awesome recipes...Do visit mine if time permits...


  15. Just made them yesterday....love them always. nice presentation.

  16. I love Avial it looks so colorful.


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