Tuesday, October 14, 2008


I have extremely fond memories of Avial from childhood. Every year I would get invited twice to my friend Vimi's home for Onam and Vishu. They would have elaborate n course meals on banana leaf and I would eat until I could eat no more. The dishes I remember the most are the Avial, Kootu Curry, Payasam and Sambhar. We would eat the entire meal and then take a break of a couple of hours before her mom gave us piping hot payasam or pradhavan to fill the very small gap created in our tummies from an hour of activity. Those days of high metabolism were sheer bliss when I could eat without bothering about the weight I would put on ;). Sigh....:)...The credit for this recipe goes to my MIL and FIL who sent me elaborate emails on the process of this dish. Part of the credit also goes to my friend's mom who explained the recipe to me several times when I was a kid:D:D


  1. White pumpkin - 8 inch piece
  2. Yellow pumpkin - 8 inch piece
  3. Raw banana - 3
  4. Beans - 15-20
  5. Carrot - 2 medium sized ones
  6. Peas - 1 cup
  7. Drum sticks - 2/3
  8. Potato - 1 big
  9. Brinjal
  10. Fresh grated coconut - 1.5 cup
  11. Coconut milk - 1 cup
  12. Jeera - 4 tbsps
  13. Green chillies - 7/8 (or as spicy as you like)
  14. Curry leaves - 7/8
  15. Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
  16. Yogurt - 2 cups
  17. Salt

  1. Cut each of the veggies the length of a matchstick and width of ~ .3 inch (hehe)
  2. Boil them in water until they are a little under done. The veggies that have similar cooking times can be cooked together but I just cooked each of them separately.
  3. Grind the green chillies, jeera and cucunot together into a fine paste.
  4. Heat the coconut oil and add the curry leaves to it.
  5. Add the cooked veggies, salt and the paste and mix together well. Once it is all blended together take it off the gas.
  6. Add the beaten yogurt (as much as required) and mix everything together. Enjoy with hot rice!!!

1 comment:

Vinitha said...

Nice....I like avial too...although, got to taste it only after my wedding :)