Avial is synonymous with Kerala cuisine.It is a coconut based mixed vegetable curry.Yummy,nutritious and gluten-free.It is a simple recipe.Cook yam,potato,brinjal,carrots,beans together.
Later we mix coconut to give it a nutty flavor.
Serve it dry or as a gravy dish.
You may also make it vegan.
Replace curd with lemon juice.You may also add coconut curd.
You may add any vegetables of your choice and eat it with rice or roti.
The lightness and taste of this curry will surprise you.
Simple and fulfilling healthy yet not over the top curry.
It is quite a change from all spicy sambhars and rasams you associate with South Indian cuisine.
How did it originate?
Avial is also associated with Mahabharata.Ballava or Bheem cooked it during the ‘Agyatavasa’ exile .He was appointed as a chef in King Virata’s palace.However he did not know what to cook.Hence mixed all the vegetables together and invented this yummy dish.
We traditionally eat it during ‘Sadya‘ and enjoy it with appam.