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Avial (or Aviyal) is a very popular South Indian dish made with mixed vegetables, curd and coconut.
Avial / Aviyal

Avial (or Aviyal) is a very popular South Indian dish made with mixed vegetables, curd and coconut. Popular in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, it is a must have during festivals, special occasions and marriages. Avial is made either as a gravy or as a dry dish. The Kerala style uses green chillies for the masala paste and hence it is white in colour (also known as White Aviyal). Whereas in Tamil Nadu, red chillies are commonly used so it is in a red/orange colour.

Avial / Aviyal

Aviyal is a popular dish in the Tamil Brahmin cuisine.

Avial / Aviyal
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Avial Recipe

Avial (or Aviyal) is a very popular South Indian dish made with mixed vegetables, curd and coconut.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: South Indian
Keyword: avial, vegetables

Ingredients for Avial

  • 100 g White Pumpkin (Ash Gourd)
  • 100 g Yellow Pumpkin
  • 100 g French Beans
  • 100 g Cluster Beans (Avarakkai)
  • 100 g Carrot
  • 2 Potato
  • 2 Brinjal
  • 1 Drumstick
  • 1/4 cup Green Peas
  • handful Curry Leaves chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups Curd
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • Salt as per taste

Grind to a Paste:

  • 3/4 Coconut grated
  • 3 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 8 Green Chillies (or Red Chillies)

How to make Avial

  • Wash, peel and cut the vegetables into small pieces.
  • Add water to a large pan and place over medium flame.
  • Add the carrots, beans, drumstick, potato and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes or until half cooked.
  • Add all the other vegetables (pumpkins, brinjal, peas).
  • Sprinkle some salt and stir well.
  • When all the vegetables are cooked, approximately 15 to 20 minutes, add the curd.
  • Simmer for a minute and add the ground paste.
  • Stir well and cook for few minutes or until the water has almost been absorbed.
  • Add coconut oil and curry leaves.
  • Mix again and remove.
  • Serve with rice.


  • Ensure the avial is not too watery or too dry.
  • In some places, Yam, Snake Gourd and Raw Bananas are also added.
Vaijayanthi Srinivasan
Vaijayanthi Srinivasan
Vaijayanthi Srinivasan is a South Indian by birth who learnt cooking at a very young age. Mother of 3, she takes pride in cooking various South Indian traditional meals for the family to enjoy. She has been cooking for the last 35 years.


Leela Manilal September 1, 2017 - 9:22 am

Is this Avial international type or tredetional one.
Being a Malayali I hadn’t heard about such Avial
Please find out right person to get proper recipe

Praveen Kumar September 1, 2017 - 10:25 am

Avial has got numerous local and regional flavours. This is more popular in the Tamil Nadu side.
You can find the Kerala style avial here: https://www.awesomecuisine.com/recipes/9948/kerala-avial.html


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