Aviyal / Avial (Recipe For Onam Sadya)

Aviyal or Avial is a traditional Kerala side dish of mixed vegetables served with rice. An essential component to an Onam Sadya (traditional vegetarian banquet or buffet) that's quite easy to make.

In fact I was quite happy after making this dish. It's not everyday that I make an aviyal (or avial as some spell it) and it turned out great. I should say that I'm more comfortable cooking Kerala style non veg dishes than the veg ones. I do make the normal stuff like thorans and mezhukkuperatty. Elaborate ones like aviyal and sambar are made only once in a while. Anyways after the success with this aviyal recipe, I'm a bit more comfortable and interested in cooking such kind of dishes.

I am not very sure about what all veggies are there in the traditional recipe. Here in this recipe, I've used the veggies that we both like :) – you're free to pick and choose.

Here is the recipe for aviyal:

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Aviyal (Avial)

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Course: Kerala Onam and Vishu Sadya recipe, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Kerala, South Indian
Author: Maria Jose Martin


  • 3 cups Assorted veggies (cut lengthwise (refer notes))
  • 1.5 cups Water
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper powder
  • 1/2 cup Grated Coconut
  • 2-3 Green chilly
  • A pinch Jeera
  • 1/2 – 1 tbsp Water
  • 1/4 cup Yogurt (whisked)
  • 1 tsp Coconut oil
  • Salt
  • Curry leaves


  • Grind together pepper powder, coconut, green chilly, jeera and water (1/2 – 1tbsp) into a thick paste. Cook the veggies with turmeric powder, water (1.5 cups) and salt.
  • When the veggies are 3/4th cooked, add the ground paste. Mix well. Cover and cook till the veggies are done and the raw taste of coconut paste is gone.
  • Add yogurt and mix well. Cook for 1-2 minutes more and just before removing from the gas, add the coconut oil and curry leaves. Serve hot with rice.


I used Drumstick, golden cucumber, Pumpkin, carrot & raw plantain (pachakaya). The above qty serves around 4 people.
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Serving: 4g
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25 thoughts on “Aviyal / Avial (Recipe For Onam Sadya)”

  1. Hello Maria… ur instructions are not clear… there are no numbers assigned ….totally clueless on what to grind….pls can u make the necessary changes

    • Hi Vinitha,

      Sorry for the confusion. It happened when we changed the recipe format. I’ve corrected it now. Hope you get to make it soon.

      Thanks for pointing it out to me :)


  2. had this in kerala.. always wanted to try it at home..seems very simple to me and I too am a bit poor at cooking veggies .. *G*

  3. Hi Maria –
    please try this Avial and let me know.
    I made it in Microwave with Pachmanga as u suggested.

    Please try.

    First i put Yam with a spoon of coconut oil for 5 mnts in oven .(as the yam in Blore take a lot of time to cook).
    Then washed vegetables was put along with yam with a pinch of turmeric and another spoon of Oil for 10 mnts.(Manga also)
    Then coconut,jeera,Green chilli, Chuvannulli was made to a paste and added to the cooked veggies.Kept it again for 2 mnts so that cocomut get cooked.
    Then took it out of oven poured some coconut oil and Curry leaves and kept it closed.
    Please add salt as required.
    It came out very well.

    • Hi Anu,

      Thank you so much for taking time to share this here.

      Since aviyal involves lot of cutting n stuff, I make it very rarely ;) Anyways, next time I will keep this in mind. Thanks again.


  4. Tried out Avial also this weekend,But it did not come up to my expectation.
    I blive some modifications are required.
    What you say Maria?

    • Hi Anu,

      Thanks for trying the recipe. I guess there are different styles of making aviyal in different parts of Kerala.

      Some people add raw mango instead of yogurt, so there are variations like that. May be you can try that.


  5. Hi Maria
    I tried ur Kadala Curry and my husband liked
    it a lot. So, now I am going to slowly try
    other recipes. Thanks for posting good

    Annie Joseph

    • Hi Annie,

      I’m so glad that you and your husband liked the kadala curry. Thanks for trying it :)

      I do hope you’ll like other recipes too..please share your feedback here after trying them.

      Best wishes!


    • Hi Silpa

      If the curd isnt too much sour, reduce the qty and use. Otherwise you might have to make it with another fresh batch of curd.


    • Hi PO

      Thank you :)

      I got the bowl from India and I’ve given the details of the veggies I used in the notes. Though the traditional aviyal recipe calls for a particular set of veggies, i usually make it with the veggies I like :)


  6. hey Maria,

    thanks 4 de receipes…i was trying 2 find a good receipe 4 aviyal… tried both de receipes…was rly good….

    tc.. Silpa

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