I love coconut based dishes, and of all the coconut based dishes I do, Aviyal is my favorite. I still remember those childhood days when I question my Amma what is Aviyal. I knew koottu, sambar, curry (dry side dish), kuzhambu etc., as these are the basic ones we frequently eat at home. My Amma somehow convinces me telling its koottu. I now disagree, as I have noticed three factors in most of the koottu – turmeric powder, cumin seeds and dal). Aviyal cooked at home doesn’t have that and so is the argument 🙂 My son is yet to start arguing with me as he is just 16 months, but knowing my history I know I have a challenge 🙂 Coming back to Aviyal, I cooked Aviyal on kaanum pongal with puliyodarai, Sakkarai pongal, coconut rice and semiya bagala bath and was it my draft for almost 2 months. Saturday is nombu for us, and I was thinking what was the recent festival. Remembered pongal and also remembered about the Aviyal in draft. Here it is 🙂


Mixed Vegetables –  3 cups, peeled and chooped into bite size pieces (I used potato, white pumpkin, carrot, beans, ashgourd, drumstick, raw banana)

Thick Curd – 1/3cup

Salt – to taste

To grind

Coconut – 1/2 cup

Green Chilli – 1 (Adjust according your taste)

To Temper:

Coconut Oil – 2 tsp

Curry leaves – few



  • Boil water in a vessel and when the water boils, add carrot, beans, potato, drumstick, white pumpkin with little salt; cover and cook. Once the veggies are half cooked add raw banana; cook till veggies are fork tender. In a colander drain the veggies and keep the water


  • Blend the coconut and green chilli into coarse paste with little water
  • In the same pan add the cooked vegetables along with the coconut paste. Sprinkle the veggie cooked water according the consistency you desire (generally Aviyal is thick so I add very little water) and cook for 3 – 5 min
  • Add salt and curd to the aviyal cook for a minute and switch off


  • In a separate pan add oil, once the oil becomes hot, add add curry leaves allow it splutter. Add to the aviyal.  Serve it as a side dish for variety rice or with plain steamed rice


Checkout other coconut based recipes,

Thengai Sadam (Coconut Rice) with coconut milk

Patishapta from Aruna Panangipally – Aharam

Udipi Sambar

Kadala Curry

Sweet Kozhukattai

Paal Kozhukattai

Ammani Kozhukattai

Thengai Podi

Thengai Aracha Kuzhambu

Pavakkai Pitalai

Thiruvathrai kalI

Vengaya Thogayal

Thaala kuzhambu

Aval pidi Kozhukattai

Arisi Thengai payasam

Frozen pattani Sundal

Vegetable Stew

My Notes:

  • I sprinkle water and prepare aviyal in the thick consistency as I got use to that texture, adjust water according to the consistency you desire
  • Adding coconut oil enhances the flavor. If you use any other oil and cook curry leaves, finally add a drop of coconut oil for taste

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39 thoughts on “Aviyal

  1. […] My Amma either prepares Sakkarai pongal or Vella sadam, along with Pulikaichal, Coconut rice and Aviyal.  Sonerimes after returning from school, my sweet tooth craves for eating something sweet and I […]

  2. Francesca Trucco March 16, 2015 at 1:43 PM Reply

    Yummy yummy!!!

  3. Sundari March 16, 2015 at 6:59 AM Reply

    All time favourite!! Love it 🙂

  4. HotDish March 15, 2015 at 5:29 PM Reply

    Delicious-looking dish! I love coconut.

  5. marudhuskitchen March 15, 2015 at 11:14 AM Reply

    Nice and yummy avial

  6. veenashankar March 14, 2015 at 10:25 PM Reply

    one of my fav with Ada…

  7. Mullai Madavan March 14, 2015 at 11:18 AM Reply

    Avial preparation romba azhaga irruku! remind me of my mom who makes this whenever there is adai batter. Your combo with puliyodarai sounds interesting, have to try that!

  8. Marcela (tortadellafiglia) March 14, 2015 at 9:32 AM Reply

    Looks super tasty! I want to try this recipe!

  9. Namrata March 14, 2015 at 7:21 AM Reply

    i love avial too, but I’m yet to try making it at home. Your recipe looks so easy. I always thought its something very difficult n time consuming 🙂

  10. Padma March 14, 2015 at 5:17 AM Reply

    I too love coconut based dishes and aviyal is one of my favourite:)…Thanks for sharing dear:)

  11. Subha March 14, 2015 at 5:03 AM Reply

    Looks great Vidya..

  12. srividhya March 14, 2015 at 12:18 AM Reply

    Yummy. 🙂 I make it same way too. But I mix the coconut mixture in yogurt and then add it to the veggie 🙂

  13. sarithakumbakkara March 13, 2015 at 10:51 PM Reply

    Hi Vidya,Avial is an inevitable dish of Kerala cuisine also. Recipe is similar with slight changes here and there. Your Avial looks very delicious. Seeing your work inspires me to cook more vegetarian dishes.

  14. apsara March 13, 2015 at 8:46 PM Reply

    My favorite! You do have a lot of other coconut-based recipes I have to check. 🙂

  15. coconutcraze March 13, 2015 at 8:22 PM Reply

    This is my daughter’s favourite side dish! We normally make it on special occasions but when the craving strikes there is no particular time for it. You are tempting me now!

  16. swathi March 13, 2015 at 8:01 PM Reply

    Aviyal looks delicious, I make all the three version of it,

  17. Arasi Arumugam March 13, 2015 at 7:53 PM Reply

    Aviyal looks awesome Vidya .. My favourite thing too.. 🙂

  18. Chitra Jagadish March 13, 2015 at 5:45 PM Reply

    Lovely combination if veggies and looks delightful V… 🙂

  19. apuginthekitchen March 13, 2015 at 5:22 PM Reply

    This seems like real comfort food, creamy and hearty. Looks delicious.

  20. Malar March 13, 2015 at 5:18 PM Reply

    You know what I never make aviyal properly 😉 This looks fab, I gotta try your recipe!!!

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