Aviyal is a dish that has a unique place in Kerala as well as Tamil Cuisine. It is a mixture of vegetables, curd, coconut, seasoned with coconut oil and curry leaves. It is one of the main dishes in Kerala’s vegetarian feast (Sadhya). It is mixed with rice and served with papadam as side dish. It can also be used as the side dish for Adai a tiffin that is common in South India. The vegetables commonly used are Elephant yam, white and sweet pumpkin, carrot, beans, plantain, Drumstick, potato.


 Carrot- sliced lengthwise- 1 cup

Beans- sliced lengthwise – 1 cup

White pumpkin – sliced lengthwise – 1 cup

Sweet pumpkin -sliced lengthwise – 1 cup

Elephant yam – sliced lengthwise – 1 cup

Potato – sliced lengthwise – 11/2 cup

Plantain – 1 cup

Coconut – 3/4

Coconut oil- As required

Curd – 1 Cup

Curry leaves- 5 arc / few leaves

Green Chillies – 3 ( Depends on your taste)

Tamarind-  small lemon size

Salt – As required

Turmeric powder- a pinch


  • Slice the vegetables lengthwise and keep aside. Potatoes , Plantain and elephant yam should be placed in a vessel with water. Else it will oxidize with oxygen and turn black.
  • Pressure cook carrot, beans, white pumpkin by just sprinkling the water on it.
  • Before cooking potatoes and elephant yam, replace the water and pressure cook it. Add enough water to pressure cook it.
  • Don’t pressure cook the sweet pumpkin. Cook it directly in a vessel, else it will be over cooked. But I cooked everything in a pressure cooker.
  • Add turmeric powder, salt and pressure cook.
  • Meanwhile extract tamarind juice.
  • Grind the coconut and chillies into a fine paste.
  • Once the vegetables are cooked, add tamarind extract and boil for 5 min. Let it blend with the vegetables.
  •   At this stage add coconut oil, curd , curry leaves.
  • Allow it to cook for sometime.
  • This will increase the flavour and the delicious avial is ready to serve.


13th June 2019 at 9:31 PM

A blog where I can get traditional recipes .. Thanks for recipe..came out well.

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