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Avial Recipe

Written By Angela Steffi on Monday, October 31, 2016 | 10:37:00 PM

Avial is a mixed vegetable dish that is packed with minerals, Vitamins and fiber which are needed for proper functioning of the body and comprise a healthy diet. Avail is a traditional recipe popular in the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Avial literally means boiled vegetables with a coconut base,it is an integral part of vegetarian meals and packs a plenty of Vitamins and nutrients.Almost any vegetable can be used for avail recipe but the most popular choices are Cucumber, eggplant , Beans, Carrots, Cluster beans, Drumsticks etc...
You can also use raw mangoes, if you are using raw mangoes reduce the amount of tamarind because the raw mangoes will also add some sourness to the recipe
Adai Avial is a low calorie healthy nutritious recipe which is quite tasty and enjoyed by kids and adult.


Serving Size           : 4 people

Cooking Time        : 20 minutes
Difficulty: Spice Level:

Vegetables for Avial
2Brinjal / eggplant
1 Cucumber
2 Carrots
10-15 Cluster Beans
1 Drumstick
1 Plantain

you can use raw mangoes, beans, Elephant Yam and lot more

For Coconut base
1 cup Grated Coconut
4 Green Chilies
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
2   Shallots
small ball of Tamarind
fewCurry leaves

For Tempering
1 TbspCoconut Oil
1/2 tspMustard seeds
few Curry leaves

Cooking Method

Step 1) Heat 2 tbsp. of coconut oil, Use coconut oil because traditionally avial is made in coconut oil, coconut imparts nice smell and taste to our avail, if you don't like the taste of coconut oil then use regular cooking oil.Add the vegetables one by one, First add drumstick, because drumstick take a little longer time to cook, Followed by drumstick add Brinjal, Cucumber, Carrot, Cluster beans and plantain.Add required salt and cook for 5-6 minutes.You can use any vegetables you like.


Step 2) Now in a blender add grated coconut, Green Chilies, Turmeric powder, Tamarind (if you are using mangoes then add less amount of tamarind), Shallots and some curry leaves, and give it a few pulses we don’t need to grind them into a paste this consistency is enough

Coconut-Base-for-AdaiGrind-coarse -for-Avial

Step 3) Now add this mixture to the half cooked vegetables and mix well. Cook until all the vegetables are nicely cooked.Using a nonstick pan is preferred for this recipe because vegetables will release a lot of moisture while cooking and vegetables will taste their best when they are allowed to cook in their own juices,if you are making this avial for Adai then add 1 cup of water while cooking the vegetables to get a semi gravy consistency.


Step 4) The final step is to temper, tempering can be done at the beginning or at the end, I.e. Before adding the vegetables add mustard seeds and few curry leaves and then add the vegetables. But I always prefer it to do at the end to maintain the rich aroma of our avail. So to temper add 1 tbsp. coconut oil, add ½ tsp mustard seeds and some curry leaves and mix it with the avial


Our awesome avail is ready to be enjoyed with Adai or with rice.If you make it without adding water then it is an excellent choice for rice, if it is semi watery then you have have this as a side for Adai, dosa and Chapathi too..Do try this delicious and Nutritious Recipe and share with your friends and Family.Happy Cooking.


About Angela Steffi

I am an avid food blogger with a great passion for food. I am always eager to try new recipes and modify recipes and experiment with them. I have two cooking channels on Youtube CLASSIC MASALA HUT (for english recipes) and MADRAS SAMAYAL (for Tamil recipes).


  1. Awesome! I didn't know this was so simple :) Thanks for making it easy to cook!

    1. Thank you so much for your feedback. I am happy that you liked. Happy Cooking.