Avial | Aviyal (Mixed Vegetable Stew with Coconut, Cumin, Yogurt)

Avial | Aviyal - Mixed Vegetable Stew from Kerala
Avial | Aviyal

I simply love Aviyal (also spelt as Avial). Not only is it simple to make but has the goodness of oh-so-many-vegetables flavoured with a coconut-cumin-green chilli paste and incorporating a touch of sourness from yogurt or curd.

A staple from the Southern Indian state of Kerala, Avial can be made as spicy or as mild as you want.

How to Make Avial | Aviyal – A MIxed Vegetable Stew from Kerala

Serves: 4

Time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients

  1. Kanda, Suran, or Elephant Yam – 100 grams
  2. Aratikaya, Kela, or Plantain – 1
  3. Budidi Gummidikaya, Safed Bhopla, or Ash Gourd – 100 gms
  4. Gummidikaya, Lal Bhopla, or Red Pumpkin – 100 gms
  5. French Beans or String Beans – 12 to 16
  6. Carrot – 1 small
  7. Drum Stick – 1
  8. Slightly Sour Curd – 1/2 Cup
  9. Green Chillies – 4 or 5
  10. Grated Coconut – 2/3 Cup
  11. Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
  12. Turmeric – A Large Pinch
  13. Curry Leaves – 4 or 5
  14. Coconut Oil – 1 tbsp

Method

  1. Grind the grated coconut, cumin seeds, and green chillies to a smooth paste with a little water. Set aside.
  2. Wash, peel and dice all vegetables into small pieces.
  3. Cover with just enough water and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
    or
    Cook in an open vessel till all vegetables are done.
  4. While the vegetables are still warm, pour the coconut oil over them.
  5. Add the curry leaves, turmeric and salt.
  6. Mix well.
  7. Drizzle the coconut oil over the vegetable.
  8. Cover the vegetables with the ground coconut paste. Do not mix.
  9. Cover the coconut paste with the yogurt. Do not mix.
  10. Let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
  11. With a gentle hand, mix well.
  12. Serve warm with rice and appalam.
Aviyal - A Recipe from Kerala
Aviyal

Tips

  • The vegetables should not be over-cooked, else you will have a mushy avail on hand.
  • Do not heat the coconut oil.
  • I sometimes add peas as well.

Try eating Avial with Venn Pongal. 🙂

 

25 thoughts on “Avial | Aviyal (Mixed Vegetable Stew with Coconut, Cumin, Yogurt)

  1. We also cook something like this, but does not include too much seasonings. This sounds really good and so full of amazing flavors. I need a cup of rice right now!! :D Thanks for joining FF once again, dear friend. Have a great week. :) xx
  2. I've never cooked with a lot of these vegetables, the elephant yam, ash gourd, red pumpkin, and even plantain! The green chile and cumin flavours sound delicious, and the sound of all these vegetables together must make for a wonderfully filling dish!
  3. Aruna, I love Avial too and your post is making me so hungry again at 10:30 at night! Great recipe. I will make it soon!
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