AVIAL – is a mixed vegetable dish from Kerala in South India. It is traditionally made with root vegetables and raw bananna.
This is a special dish served at weddings and Onam, a religious and harvest festival. I find it great at the end of the week to finish off odd vegies!


  • Any odd veggies in the fridge - my favourites are sweet potato, green beans and cauliflower.


  • 1.

    Chop into batons 200 grams carrots and 200 grams sweet potato. Top and tail 200 grams green beans (or substitute with 6 cups mixed veggies of your choice).

  • 2.

    Pour 1 cup of water into a casserole dish, add 1 dessertspoon crushed ginger, 2 sliced green chillies and prepared carrots and sweet potatoes. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add 1/2 cup desiccated coconut, 1 teaspoon turmeric, the prepared green beans and 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 - 2 teaspoons salt. Simmer for another 5 minutes.

  • 3.

    While the vegies are simmering, heat a pan then add 2 dessertspoons oil, 1 teaspoon cumin, 6 curry leaves and 2 dried red chillies broken into pieces. Fry on a low flame till the cumin goes dark, about 2 minutes. Now add this spice infused oil (tadka) to the vegies. Stir in 420 ml (approximately 1 ½ cup) Greek yoghurt (at room temperature) and serve immediately.

  • 4.

    Enjoy with plain boiled rice.


Goes well with fried fish

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