ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Kerala Special Aviyal Recipe: A Very Healthy Dish Made of Mixed Vegetables

Updated on December 10, 2019
Heera Harindran profile image

Cooking has always been my passion. I prefer simple recipes with easily available ingredients.

The Importance of Aviyal in Kerala Sadhya

Kerala Aviyal is a traditional recipe which is prepared by using a mix of vegetables and is considered an unavoidable dish in the typical Kerala Sadhya. Kerala Sadhya is usually served during Hindu marriage ceremonies throughout the year and during special occasions like Onam, Vishu and so on. These days, we have a lot more add-ons which make Kerala Sadhya a bit different from the traditional one but Aviyal is still a predominant dish in the Sadhya.

Homemade Kerala Sadhya
Homemade Kerala Sadhya

Kerala Sadhya

Kerala Sadhya shown above has Inji(ginger) curry, Cabbage Thoran, Aviyal, Vendakka(Lady's finger) Kichdi, Pineapple and Beetroot Pachdi, Stew, Achinga(Long beans) Mezhukkupuratti, Naranga(Lemon) and Kadumanga(Cut mango)Pickles, Upperi(Banana chips), Sharkkaravaratti(Jaggery chips), Parippu (Curry) and Pappadam.

Apart from those shown in the picture, we also have Sambar, Pulissery, Rasam as well as Payasam(dessert) being served during the Sadhya.

Would you like to know the recipes of other dishes in the Kerala Sadhya ?

See results

Historical Significance of Aviyal : Interesting Facts

There are many interesting facts behind the origin of Aviyal.

  • According to Hindu mythology, in the Mahabharata, it is believed that Aviyal was prepared by Bhima, one of the five Pandava brothers (Pancha Pandavas) who was asked to serve the guests of a king. But unfortunately, Bhima did not know how to cook and so he decided to make a dish out of mixed vegetables adding grated coconut and served the guests.
  • Another interesting fact is that in a kingdom in Kerala when a feast planned by the king had a lot of guests pouring in, there were not enough side dishes to be served, as planned. So the king ordered the cooks to mix all the leftover vegetables and prepare a new dish to be served, which turned out to be the so-called Aviyal.
  • It is also believed that in households when a lot of guests come in and no vegetables are sufficient enough to make a single dish, a mixed veg dish can be made out of the available chopped vegetables, which is highly nutritious as well.

Aviyal
Aviyal

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 5

Ingredients

  • 1 cup elephant yam, julienned
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1/2 cup snake gourd, sliced
  • 1/4 cup raw mango, sliced
  • 1 brinjal, cut into pieces
  • 1 raw plantain, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 drum stick, cut into pieces
  • 2 green chillies
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3-5 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 strip curry leaves
  • as per taste salt

For the mix:

  • 10-12 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup coconut, grated
  • 6 small onion
  • 3 green chilli
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

For seasoning:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 strip curry leaves

Instructions

  1. Wash the vegetables and soak brinjal, elephant yam, and raw plantain in water for a few minutes.
  2. Pour three tablespoons of oil into an aluminium pan or a wok and add julienned elephant yam to it and saute for 2 minutes. Then add about one cup of water and close with a lid and cook in medium flame for 3-4 minutes as elephant yam takes more time to cook.
  3. Now add all the other vegetables to this and add two cups of water and add some amount of salt and close it with a lid and cook in medium flame.
  4. While it cooks, the ingredients for creating the mix which includes grated coconut, garlic, small onions, green chilli and cumin seeds can be ground in a mixer grinder but need not necessarily form a paste.
  5. Now, this mix can be transferred to the vegetables which are almost half cooked and stir so that the mix spreads evenly. Add the remaining water, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt to taste and cook it for another 10 minutes or so.
  6. Once perfectly cooked, two tablespoons of coconut oil can be poured throughout and curry leaves can be spread for seasoning and switch off the flame. Now, the Kerala style Aviyal is ready to eat. Enjoy !!

Different Stages of Preparation

Ingredients
Ingredients
Ingredients kept ready to use
Ingredients kept ready to use
Elephant yam sauteing
Elephant yam sauteing
Ingredients ready for mixing
Ingredients ready for mixing
Mix transferred to the cooked vegetables
Mix transferred to the cooked vegetables
Kerala Aviyal after seasoning
Kerala Aviyal after seasoning

Did you like the recipe of Kerala Style Aviyal?

See results

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Heera

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • MitaraN profile image

      Mitara N 

      10 days ago from South Africa

      A lovely spread of vegetables,

      Thanks for sharing your recipe

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)