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Aviyal, is one for the most popular, traditional dishes of South Indian cuisine without which no feast is complete.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Aviyal, veggies in coconut gravy
Servings: 4
Author: Ramyaa Narayanan


  • Drumstick - 1/2 cup or 2 sticks
  • Carrot - 1/4 cup
  • Beans - 1/4 cup
  • Potato - 1/4 cup
  • Yellow squash - 1/4 cup
  • Capsicum - 1/4 cup
  • peas - 1/4 cup
  • any other vegetable of your choice like brinjal cauliflower, white squash, chayote squash etc..

For gravy

  • Coconut - 1/2 cup
  • grated or sliced
  • Jeera - 1 Tbs
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch
  • Green chillies as per taste
  • Thick curd - 1 to 1.5 cup
  • salt

For Tempering:

  • Coconut Oil - 2 tbs
  • Mustard - 12 tsp
  • Curry Leaves - one strand


  • 1) Wash all the vegetables thoroughly and cut them into long finger size pieces or cubes. Just make sure there are not too small.
  • 2) Cook the cut vegetables with salt and water( add little water so that the vegetables don't lose their shape).
  • 3) The vegetables should be soft enough to break when you press it with your thumb. Do not over cook.
  • 4) If there is excess water left in the bottom strain it and leave the vegetables in the strainer for a while.( the strained water is like a vegetable stock so this can be used to make soup)
  • 5) Now grind the coconut, whole jeera, green chili and the ginger into a course paste adding the strained water as required. don't make it too watery.
  • 6) It should be somewhere between semisolid and watery so that it coats the vegetables.
  • 7) In a wok add the strained vegetables and the ground paste and cook them for few minutes
  • 8) Now add the curd and give it a quick stair. Do reduce the flame before adding curd or else it will break.
  • 9) Let it cook for 2-3 min in low flame.
  • 10) Season it with mustard seeds and curry leaves. Add little coconut on top before serving.
  • It smells and tastes awesome.Goes good with Adai ( dal dosand hot rice. mumm yummoo.