Avial Recipe | How to make Aviyal

Everyday Simple Thali - Aviyal

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Learn how to make Aviyal with this simple and easy gravy with a mix of vegetables that tastes so delicious when mixed with rice and enjoyed.

Avialis a popular dish across all the South Indian states, though it is popularly known as a Kerala dish. I grew up eating this when Amma gets the specially cut vegetables in the right sizes and we enjoy it as a side dish along with other main dishes or sometimes as such too.

I already have another version of Avial that I shared many years ago. As it happen, we do have different recipes slightly different from the other. You can use different vegetables listed or in any combination.

We are starting our final week of Thalis and Platters and I will be sharing some of our simple lunch meals. I served this Aviyal with Paruppu Thogayal, Rasam, Fryums, Steamed Rice and Curds. On SYL, its another simple meal.

How to make Aviyal 1

Thalis & Platters

Week 1 – Platters for Elders

Indo Chinese Platter for Day 1
Idli Platter for Day 2
Pakoda Platter for Day 3
Colourful Rangoli Food Thali for Day 4

Week 2 – Thalis featuring Non Veg Regional Cuisines – Non Veg Thali

Chicken Donne Biryani – Non Veg Thali 1 for Day 1
Raju gari Kodi Pulao – Non Veg Thali 2 for Day 2
Mutton Biryani – Non Veg Thali 3 for Day 3
Mutton Dum Biryani – Non Veg Thali 4 for Day 4
Fish Curry – Non Veg Thali 5 for Day 5
Prawns Curry – Non Veg Thali 5 for Day 6

Week 3 – Thalis featuring Indian Flatbreads

Banarasi Kachori aur Sabzi Thali for Day 1
Bengali Dhakai Paratha Nasta Thali for Day 2
Bihari Chana Dal Puri aur Sabji Nasta Thali for Day 3
Gujarati Dhebra aur Sabzi Thali for Day 4
Punjabi Amritsari Kulcha Thali for Day 5
Rajasthani Tikkar aur Sabzi Thali for Day 6

Week 4 – Thalis featuring Breakfast from different Indian States

Goan Breakfast Thali for Day 1
Coorg Breakfast Thali for Day 2
Kerala Breakfast Thali for Day 3
Odia Breakfast Thali for Day 4
Punjabi Breakfast Thali for Day 5
No Rice Tamil Nadu Breakfast Thali for Day 6

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Avial Recipe | How to make Aviyal

Aviyal Recipe is a thick gravy made with a mix of vegetables in a coconut curd base, seasoned with coconut oil.
Author Srivalli


For the Gravy

  • 1 cup Mixed Vegetables I used Carrot Raw Banana, Ash gourd, Beans, Drumstick, Potato
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1/2 cup Curds / Yogurt
  • Coriander Leaves for garnish

To Masala Paste

  • 1/2 cup Coconut
  • 2 no Green Chili
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Rice Flour

For Tempering

  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 sprig Curry Leaves
  • 2 tsp Coconut Oil / Or any cooking oil


For the Gravy

  • Wash and cut the vegetables lengthwise. After preping, keep it aside.

Making the Coconut Paste

  • In a mixer, take coconut, green chilli, jeera and rice flour. If you don't have rice flour, you can soak 1 tsp of raw rice in water for 1/2 an hour and add it along with coconut for grinding.
  • Grind it to a smooth paste by adding very little water.

Making the gravy

  • In a wide pan, bring about 2 cups of water to a rolling boil. Add the vegetables and cook with 1/4 tsp salt.
  • Since we are adding different vegetables, cook drumstick, potato and raw banana for 3 minutes.
  • Add the remaining vegetables and simmer till all veggies are done.
  • Heat a nonstick pan, add the drained vegetables along with the ground coconut paste.
  • Add turmeric powder and required salt.
  • Simmer on low flame for 5 minutes for the coconut paste to get cooked.
  • Switch off and remove the pan from heat, add beaten curds and mix well.

For Tempering

  • Heat coconut oil in a small pan and temper with the tempering ingredients.
  • Pour this over the aviyal and mix everything well. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve it with rice or adai.


Curds is always added after removing from flame, else there is a chance of it getting curdled.
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Everyday Simple Thali - Aviyal

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  1. I have had Avial only in restaurants ..I have made it once perhaps, but I always get lost with the set of veggies to be used. Some veggies are not available here, so this dish always takes a back seat.
    your simple thali looks nice and comfortable.

  2. 5 stars
    This simple everyday thali looks very homey and comforting. My mom makes avial regularly but my husband cannot handle so much coconut :). But it is one of my favorites. I used to make it the same way as you mentioned.

  3. Amma used to make avial on a regular basis. She would make a big pot full, gravy style. That way she doesn’t have to prepare another dish to serve with rice. All we will have is papad or potato chips and we are done! There are so many different takes to these basic recipes, we never add rice to it but everything else is same. Amma also used to cook the vegetables in tamarind water and skip yogurt. Anyway nice thali and your post brought out a lot of old memories for me 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    It’s great to see how we make simple recipes in different ways. We make it without onion and garlic but my friend always a single clove of garlic and that absolutely adds a unique flavor profile. Delicious spread Valli.

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