Tuesday, November 01, 2011


It was a lazy Sunday. Before I knew it, it was lunch time and I had cooked nothing. I wanted to finish off some beans I had bought a few days earlier. Not being in a mood to do an elaborate cooking or to sit and cut vegetables, the mind searched for some never before cooked EASY recipes ... and Avial was the choice.

Avial is cooked differently in Kerala and Karnataka. In Kerala, the avial is thick with almost no gravy. In Karnataka, it is watery. Further, in Kerala, coconut oil is used. Yet another difference is that cumin (jeera) and turmeric are added in the Kerala version.
Finally, I decided to make an avial which had the specialties of both the states (the recipe I referred to is very common in Mangalore)


  1. Vegetables : I used carrots, beans and cucumber. Any vegetable can be used

  2. Coconut (1 cup)

  3. Cumin (jeera)

  4. green chillies

  5. Curd

  6. Salt and Oil

Method :

  1. Cut the vegetables into 1.5 inch length, add salt and boil with about 2.5 cups of water

  2. Grind coconut, cumin and green chillies. Add this to the vegetables when the vegetables are half done.

  3. Add a bit of turmeric and let the vegetables and the coconut paste cook for about 5 minutes.

  4. Let the above simmer and cool

  5. Now, once the above has cooled down, add some curd and cook on medium flame for about a minute

  6. For a glazed look, add a spoon of oil and heat (in kerala, coconut oil is used).


Sorcerer said...

Wow!! An Interstate Avial...
The Blog Post should be Titled A Cooking Seminar on "A Program to Achieve National Integration through Avial"

Hmmm...Looks like Avial Kashayam..
Tell me..what diseases is this particular Kashayam used for?
[Vattu ..ninakku]

Every other Ingredient we will get..
Add a Spoon of Oil and Heat
a "Spoon of HEAT" hmmm...
That one.that one.
Just a spoon of Heat?
Heat? Do they come in packets or bottles?

Doesnt all your cooking recipes come with a warning..
Warning:'Never try this at Home'

~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...

Hah .... this is like a pot calling the kettle black ... venda tto ... people who live in glass houses should not throw stones (that's an idion in english .. go figure !)

uff ... this boy .... you cant even understand english ?
Add a spoon of oil. Heat .... ok smart pants ???

Did i ask anyone to try it out in the first place ??? Where did I ask anyone to try .. huh ??!! :P

Anonymous said...

it looks yummy deepa next recipe cook something with tofu plz

Sorcerer said...

"The recipe I referred to is very common in Mangalore)"

Your cooking is Geographically right!!

Mangalore kinda comes between Karnataka and Kerala!

~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...

Anony :
Tofu ... errr ... i eat tofu outside, but never tried at home.
have tried paneer though ...
let me see ... if I can get a recipe that suits, will try

thanks for the appreciation

Sorcy :
right oh !
see .. see .... my cooking is right .. even geography seems to affirm that .. hah !

Sorcerer said...

Still trying to Figure out 'idion' in English.

Webster's say "Cant Figure"

Yeah..you didn't ask anyone to try it...
that would be like 'Motivating someone to commit suicide.'
Playing it safe..eh?

Harakiri sounds better..

~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...

oops... idioM ... w/ ur IQ, you wouldnt be able to realise i made a simple typo ...i knew it !

well ... my avial would be equivalent to kashayam for anyone who might have samples urs ... pure clean good medicine for bruised taste buds (bruised by ur cooking .. if u didnt realsie the point!)

up↑take said...

My fav. The other day, over dinner, I was trying to explain Avial to a bunch of Engineers, each from a different country.

Last week, another guy was telling us that dal is a staple at his home because both his wife and daughter are vegetarian. So, what is the big deal? He is a 6'8" monster of a guy of German descent. I told him about the virtues of buying an Indian pressure cooker.

Eon Heath said...

Hey Da...
the moment i saw avial, i knew my dear aliyaa wud bring in the kashayam...Aliyaa, aliyaa..kodhi allye??

n i am still wondering why u got kicked out of the food chain..

Sorcerer said...

Yeah.I always realsie my point,'apparently'.

Yeah.Right..Detol for the tongues..naaaic


I didnt get kicked out of the food chain.
I opted out..Dont like the idea of you sitting down the food chain and stating shamelessly up .
chee chee boy!
Ewwwwwwwwww..shooo shoooo...

Are you not supposed to be annoying your beloved beluga now?

~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...

Uptake :
Would love to see how they understood 'avial' :D :D
yeah .. the pressure cooker .. life would be so difficult without one .. I don't have a microwave .. everything goes either into the pressure cooker, or open stove cooking

Eon :
poor Sorc .... think he has been taking too much 'kashayam' for his low IQ and what not .. everything looks like 'kashayam' to him !!!

Sorc & Eon :
you know my response to Sorc's comment .. rt ?? Eon sitting down and looking up the tree at Sorc .. !!!!!

kanagu said...

I love Avial for the amount of vegetables in it :)

Such a good one.. and never thought there is some varieties in it.. :)

Ur version looks good :) :)

~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...

Kanagu :
Oh yes ... in India, you can find varieties in every dish.
You know what ... even a plain idli is made differently in Kerala and Karnataka .. sambhar is made in different ways in Karnataka itself ....
Avial is made differently in north and south kerala .... the list is endless ...

Sorcerer said...

yeah..chee chee boy!

venus66 said...

Nice recipe. Thank you for sharing.

Bikramjit said...

looks nice and healthy :)


Jack said...


When do I get to taste it?

Take care

ashok said...

u just made me hungry again...

urban butterfly said...

This looks delicious! I'm in the process of learning to cook Indian food, because it is so delicious!

BTW...thanks for you concern and kind words on my blog. It is appreciated :)

~*. D E E P A .* ~ said...

venus66 :
thank you :)

Bikram :
healthy it is !!
very healthy infact ,... not a drop of oil. The only concern if you are very very very health conscious would be from the coconut, I guess

Jack :
practice makes perfect .. so you get to taste once am perfect with the avial making ! just kidding ... you are welcome any time !

Ashok :
its easy and hardly takes time ... so run, make yourself some

UB :
this food item is also nutritious and healthy .. not a drop of oil in it
its from the south part of India.... most recipes with coconut are from the south.
Hope you are feeling better now :)

Rakesh said...

Avial oke kooti maryadakoru sadya unda kaalam maranuu :|

Sujit said...

Very nice!! What if no coconut is available? Will coconut milk be a good replacement?