Onam Avial Recipe Video

The Aviyal is a signature vegetarian dish from Kerala. It is often made on auspicious days and during festival like Onam in Kerala. It is a thick mixture of vegetables, curd and coconut, seasoned with coconut and curry leaves. Avial is considered an essential part of the Sadhya, the Malayali vegetarian feast.


Preparation Time20 MinCooking Time20 Min
Ready In40 MinDifficulty LevelMedium
Health IndexAverageServings4
VegetarianMain Ingredient,

Recipe Story

Aviyal made from a healthy dose of vegetables and coconut is a must have on Onam menu.


 Plantain150 Gram, unripe, chopped
 Yam75 Gram, chopped
 Potato3 , cubed in 1 inch pieces
 Snake gourd100 Gram, chopped
 Drumstick3 , chopped into 2 inch pieces
 Carrots2 , chopped
 Coconut oil1 Teaspoon (As Needed)
 Cumin seeds30 Gram
 Grated coconut150 Gram
 Onions2 , sliced
 Green chillies5
 Turmeric powder1 Teaspoon
 Tamarind extract4 Drop

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 510 Calories from Fat 180

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 21 g32.5%

Saturated Fat 12.5 g62.6%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 57.4 mg2.4%

Total Carbohydrates 66 g22%

Dietary Fiber 11.8 g47.1%

Sugars 14.4 g

Protein 19 g38.8%

Vitamin A 115.8% Vitamin C 131.6%

Calcium 12.8% Iron 46%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1) In a blender, coarsely grind coconut, jeera, onions, green chillies and turmeric without any water. Do not make it soggy.
2) Take a saucepan and add all the vegetables. Put a little oil and mix. Then sprinkle turmeric and pour in the water. Cook for about 10 minutes
3) When the vegetables are cooked, add a few drops of tamarind extract. This is however optional. Simmer for 2 minutes.
4) Put in some curry leaves and some coconut oil. Stir well and remove from heat.

5) Serve hot with Onam sadhya.

Editors Review

This is such a ridiculously easy recipe with delicious results. Avial or Aviyal the traditional stew of Kerala is a coconut lover’s delight. Rich, creamy vegetable stew with aromatics, coconut and curd. The garnish of curry leaves in coconut oil gives it that distinctive and addictive taste. A must-have on the Onam festive menu.


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The Hungry Soul says :

Can I make this without coconut. I don't like coconut and its very high on calories.
Posted on: 7 September 2011 - 8:20am
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chockyfoodie says :

coconut imparts flavor to this dish.
Posted on: 7 September 2011 - 2:32pm

Anonymous says :

A good traditional recipe. Thanks
Posted on: 7 September 2011 - 8:17am
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Gossip _Goddess says :

The lady needs English grammar lessons!
Posted on: 7 September 2011 - 7:29am