Avial Recipe ~ Palakkad Avial ~ Bringing Back Wonderful Memories

This classic dish of vegetables cooked in buttermilk and coconut, is a hot favourite and made across Kerala and tamil nadu….. the blend of flavours, of the vegetables and coconut, is something that is unmatched…I fell in love with avial while a student in PSG at Coimbatore. Many afternoon lunches as Sri Aryaas meant that the meals they served at Rs. 25 per head was lapped up like there was no tomorrow…..served on a banana leaf….it was quite an experience….and I quickly fell in love with this dish called avial…. Usually ignoring the usual three courses of sambhar and rasam that followed and eating just avial and rice for the full meal….

As in every classic recipe, there is no “one original” recipe for avial……every family, region etc have their own way of making it…some with buttermilk, some with curd, some with turmeric, some without….

While I am in no way claiming mine is original….i learnt this recipe from my MIL so this is the palakkad iyer way of making avial. Simple to put together (once you get over chopping vegetables), it’s a yummy dish, full of vegetables and all the nutrition they bring.

Today is thiruvonam…. Celebrated by all malayalees and keralites the world over… Avial is an integral part of the festive spread called Sadya…….while k isn’t hot on festivals, avial and keerai molagootan for lunch is something he will hardly refuse!!

Avial (serves 4)

4 cups vegetables (I used snake gourd, potato, raw banana, carrot, bottle gourd, but take your pick from ash gourd, yellow pumpkin, raw banana, potato, drumstick, carrot, beans, peas, snake gourd, yam)

Salt to taste

5 T grated fresh coconut

1 c sour curd

1 T tamarind extract if the curd isnt sour

1 T coconut oil

1 t cumin seeds

2 green chillies

A few curry leaves

In a heavy bottomed pan, boil the vegetables with salt and a little water till well done. They should break when pressed with the back of a ladle.

Grind together the coconut, cumin seeds, green chillies with 2 T of water. Add the curd to this and blend well. Add this to the cooked vegetables and heat gently making sure it doesn’t curdle.

Take off the heat, add the coconut oil and curry leaves.

Serve with hot rice.


16 Comments Add yours

  1. Mili says:

    i made some aviyal (for the first time since I began cooking 4 yrs ago) this Onam. My MIL makes lovely aviyal (she makes great kerala food). its usually she who sends over aviyal everytime she makes it. but this time i ventured out as we had a “pot-luck” sadya for onam and i had to make aviyal. not being very happy with the recipes i found on the net, i got my MIL’s authentic recipe. the color of her aviyal depends on her mood that day. its sometimes yellow (wt turmeric), sometimes white (lack of turmeric) and sometimes a tad brown (wt tamarind). anyways, my aviyal was a hit this Onam and there were no leftovers (much to the displeasure of my hubby). urs is great! Not bad for a gulti (i havent used that word in ages!)

    Gulti!! havent heard it too in ages!! nice to have you here!!

  2. swati says:

    i love avial and urs looks perfect and perfect color,…

  3. Why all this says:

    nice..nice really nice….let me be your 14th comment…and save you from the 13th blush….

  4. easycrafts says:

    I just reposted my mom’s version for the onam event and here there is another interesting pic to make my mouth water

  5. Aparna says:

    I am so late here, its too late to say Happy Onam. But I’ll certainly vouchsafe for the Avial and Molagootal. And Keerai Molagootal is just a wonderful thing.

  6. Anita says:

    Avial is such a simple dish ans so full of flavours – it makes me go “ummmm…” every time!

  7. Happy Onam. I have to give it to you.The avial photo of yours is the most well represented photo of avial that I have ever seen.It really makes me want to taste it.

    thats a HUGE compliment….thank you!!

  8. hima says:

    Never tried avial before… got to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.. Happy onam

    am sure you will enjoy it.

  9. Jayashree says:

    Hope you had a wonderful Onam.

    we did…we had a traditional sadya at a friends place for dinner…

  10. Raaga says:

    Happy Onam… 🙂
    to you too sweety!!

  11. NOTYET100 says:

    happy ONAM,,avial looks yum,.will be glad ifu send for Onam Festival,..:-)

    sure will…thanks for the invite…

  12. Srivalli says:

    Happy Onam Aru..that looks yummy..I am very fond of this too!..but somehow haven’t come around making it yet!…

    thanks Valli…. difficult to believe you havent given it a shot yet!!

  13. Cham says:

    Happy Onam and u re right everyone makes this dish accordng their taste or way!

    its true for almost everything that we practice isnt it?? happy onam to you too Cham

  14. divya says:

    Avial does bring back wonderful memories… there is something about it that says home. I so miss it!

    divya, make some…it isnt that difficult… if you discount the chopping of veggies!!

  15. Happy Onam..looks just delicious..

    thank you divya

  16. Happy Cook says:

    Happy Onam to you also.
    I love avial. But have to admit i have never made them myself.
    I know what you mean here i am also not doing anything special for onam.

    HC…thanks a bunch….happy Onam

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