Aviyal Recipe

November 8, 2013 Kootu / Poriyal VarietiesPongal RecipesTamil New Year Recipes  No comments

Aviyal is a traditional South Indian recipe which is made with mixed vegetables, coconut, curd and tempering with coconut oil. This is a must have dish for us during Pongal festival. There are many ways of making this, So here comes my version.

Now to the recipe…



I have used the most common vegetables that go into this dish, Its your choice to add or miss one or two vegetables.


  • Mixed Vegetables – 2 cups( I used carrot, beans, potato, seppankizhangu, raw banana, brinjal, drumstick)
  • Curd – 2tbsp

To grind:

  • Grated coconut – 1 cup
  • Shallots – 5 nos
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Green Chilly – 2 nos

To temper:

  • Curry leaves – 3 sprigs
  • Coconut Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard – 1/2 tbsp
  • Urid dal – 1/2 tbsp





  • Chop all the vegetables into bite size strips. Pressure cook all the vegetables except raw banana & brinjal (as these 2 get cooked very quickly & will turn out mushy if pressure cooked) for 2 whistles. Cook brinjal & raw banana together in a pan with less water. All the vegetables must be soft but not mushy.

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  •  In a mixer grind together all the items mentioned in “to grind” into a coarse paste. Add this paste & curd to the cooked vegetables. Throw in a sprig of curry leaves and mix.

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  •  Add required salt and cook for a few minutes in medium flame until the raw smell of the ground paste goes off. In a kadai heat coconut oil and temper with the items in “to temper” and add this to the mixture.

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Yummy aviyal is ready. This is a delicious side dish for rice.





  1. I have used available seasonal vegetables. U can use raw mango, sweet potatoes, yam, siru kizhangu(this is a type of potato available mostly during Pongal/January) & jack fruit seeds too.
  2. If adding raw mango, reduce the amount of curd.
  3. Coconut oil has a unique flavour, so do not skip it.



I do not claim this to be an authentic Kerala recipe, So if u are from Kerala, please dont blame my method as inappropriate 🙂

Linking this recipe to Anu’s Healthy kitchen & to the event






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