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Avial is one of my favorite vegetable dishes from Kerala. It is considered to be a very nutritious dish since it is made up of so many vegetables. I always enjoyed eating avial that my mom or aunt made, but never ventured into making the dish on my own.

Then one fine day I decided that it was time for me to make avial on my own. There is a lot of improvement that can happen with practice.

This is the simplest way to make it because it’s my mom who gave me the recipe.


-1 big carrot
-small bottle guard, you can also add small pieces of snake guard, ash guard etc. Since bottle guard is the most easily available vegetable in the category, I use a whole small bottle guard instead of the others.
-small piece of Yam
-One raw banana
-Few long beans which we call ‘achinga’ in Malayalam
-2 drum-sticks
-Curry leaves
-Some pulli extract ( or some curds or few pieces of raw mango)
-2 or 3 green chillies
-1/2 tsp turmeric powder
-1/2 tsp chillie powder
-1.5 tsp Salt (to taste)
-1.5 tsp coconut oil
-few small onion

Wash all the vegetables and remove the skin and keep ready for chopping into 2 inch long by half inch width size.

Vegetables cut and ready for cooking.

Place all the vegetables in a thick bottomed vessel.
Add 1 cup of water, turmeric powder and chillie powder. Close the vessel with a lid and allow to cook. Check from time to time to make sure that the water is not dried out. If required add little water. Once the vegetables are almost cooked add the pulli extract or the raw mango pieces. Add the salt as per taste and curry leaves and let it cook closed for some more time. Grind coconut coarsely with some small onions and green chillies and add to the cooked vegetable. Mix thoroughly and allow to boil for one more minute and switch off the fire. If you are using curds instead of the other options, then this is the time to add curds. Add the coconut oil and mix. Serve with hot rice and enjoy a hearty meal.

November 22, 2007 - Posted by | Cookery


  1. Phew! that looks delicious… The steps are a good idea (similar to the pioneer woman… LOL) but it just switched from the cut pieces to avial – some photos of intermediate steps welcome!

    Comment by Santu | November 25, 2007 | Reply

  2. Hello sangi..
    maybe some time u can add up the snaps of the tangy chicken u prepared last time while i was there.. d snaps will look tempting to anyone…

    n interesting blogs.. take care.

    Comment by suzie | December 4, 2007 | Reply

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