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14th January, 2022 13:35 IST

Avial is an authentic South Indian dish that offers taste and nutrition, all packed in one. It contains the classic South Indian flavours and is specially prepared for the festival of Pongal. It contains a plethora of veggies like suran, carrot, green beans, cucumber, potato and even raw banana. The dish gets a creamy base with the help of coconut paste which is made by blending coconut powder with water. The final touch is given to the dish by adding a tempering made using coconut oil, urad dal, mustard seeds, curry leaves, hing and dry red chilli. Avial is best paired with steamed rice or lemon rice. You can add veggies of your choice to make the dish more interesting. Be it a festival or a special occasion, keeping Avial on the menu is a safe bet as it will definitely be loved by both kids and adults. If you love trying out foods from different cuisines, then do add Avial to your list. All South Indian food fans need to try this delish and creamy main dish for sure. Make sure you use only raw green bananas in the dish as ripe ones will spoil the taste. Do try this recipe, rate it and let us know how it turned out to be by leaving a comment in the section below. Happy Cooking! (image credits- istock)


1 cup coconut powder

2 green chilli

1 medium potato

10 pieces elephant foot yam (suran)

1/4 cup green unripe bananas

1 large carrot

1/4 cup green beans

1/4 cup cucumber

2 stalks curry leaves

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds

1/2 teaspoon urad dal

1 dry red chili

1/4 teaspoon asafoetida

2 tablespoon coconut oil

2 tablespoon yoghurt (curd)

How to make Avial

Step 1

Add coconut powder to a blender along with green chillies. Add 1/2 cup water and blend well to form a smooth paste.

Step 2

Now add chopped potato to a pan along with 1/2 cup water. Cover with a lid and cook for 5 minutes. Now add all the other chopped veggies like suran, cucumber, carrot, raw banana and green beans. Now add 1 cup water along with turmeric and some salt. Mix well, cover with a lid and cook for 10 minutes.

Step 3

Now add coconut paste to the veggies along with curd. Adjust the salt as per your taste and bring it to a boil. Simmer for two minutes and switch off the flame.

Step 4

Heat coconut oil in a pan. Add hing, mustard seeds, dry red chilli, urad dal and curry leaves. Let the tempering cook until the ingredients crackle and then add it to the Avial.

Step 5

Avial is now ready to be served. Serve it with rice and enjoy.

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