Aviyal – South Indian side made with vegetables and coconut


15 min


20 min

As promised here is the recipe for delicious Aviyal. It is the easiest dish to fix even on a busy day. Yesterday, I saw my fridge with 2 carrots, 1 raw banana, few beans, 1 brinjal, 1 potato, 1/4 packet frozen peas. Those vegetables individually can’t made into a curry, but using them all together can help me cook a decent amount of aviyal for dinner. I fixed them in less than 20 minutes. S relished it and after finishing our dinner, we refilled our plates with just aviyal and licked our way through the fingers 🙂 Incredibly yummy!

Every vegetable (except peas :-)) has a uniform lengthwise shape which is 1″ in size and that’s one thing which my mom insists every time I cook this dish. The addition of flavorful coconut mixture infuses a lovely flavor to the entire dish perfectly and the use of whipped yogurt makes them more creamy. The key ingredients, curry leaves and coconut oil adds a wonderful aroma and earthly flavor to the dish. So never even think of making aviyal without having those stuffs in your kitchen shelf. Trust me, they are so simple to make. Do give it a try!

2 carrots – 1″ lengthwise
1 potato – 1″ lengthwise
10-12 beans – 1″ lengthwise
1 raw banana – 1″ lengthwise
1 brinjal – 1″ lengthwise
1/4 cup peas – frozen/fresh
2 tbs coconut – dessicated/fresh
2 tsp cummin seeds
3-4 green chillies
1 cup yogurt/buttermilk
2 tbs coconut oil
10-12 curry leaves

Cook all the vegetables (except frozen peas) in a pressure cooker for 1 whistle. Set them aside.

Grind the coconut, cummin seeds and green chillies to a fine paste. Set aside.

Heat oil in a cooking pan. Once they get heated up, add the curry leaves and cooked vegetables. Cook for a minute.

Add the coconut paste and give it a complete mix. Add salt to taste and cook till the raw smell of the coconut disappears. It takes about 5-6 minutes. Always cook in medium low and be careful not to mash the vegetable while sauteing.

Finally add the yogurt/ buttermilk and mix thoroughly. Check for salt and drizzle little coconut oil on top. If you find them very thick, you can add very little hot water to dilute the thickness.

Serve it with adai (recipe here) and can also be served with rice and sambar.


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  1. Lovely Avial, I would love it with sambhar and rasam…

  2. My sis likes aviyal a lot and this was a nice shot.

    Aviyal, sambhar, mooru kari, pappadam, achar, thoran and achar. Lunch appears superb.

  3. Mouthwatering! Pair it with vatha kuzhambu or any thogayal and rice and it will take you to a whole new level, isn't it???!!!

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