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Kerala Avial With Jackfruit Seeds- Healthy Vegetarian Dish

Avial is a traditional Kerala vegetarian dish, it has a medley of vegetables cooked with coconut, seasoned with curry leaves and coconut oil. This dish is an integral part of Kerala cuisine and is typically served as a side dish in Sadya.

Vegetables like drumsticks-moringa, carrot, yam, ash gourd, raw plantains, etc are added for making avial. For making this avial I’ve added jackfruit seeds & while grinding coconut have added raw mango. Raw mangoes impart the required sourness to the avial. Instead of raw mangoes, yogurt can also be added.

A wholesome, healthy & delicious avial.

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Kerala Avial With Jackfruit Seeds- Healthy Vegetarian Dish
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Recipe type: side dish
Cuisine: Indian
For cooking
  • Carrot, cut into wedges- 1
  • Drumsticks- Moringa- 10, cut 3-inches long
  • Jackfruit seeds- 15
  • Green chilies, halved- 2
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Salt- 1½ tsp
  • Water- ½ cup
  • Salt- 1 tsp
To Grind
  • Coconut grated- 1 cup
  • Garlic- 1 clove
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  • Raw mango diced- ½ of a mango
  • Turmeric powder- ½ tsp
  • Water- ½ cup
Other Ingredients
  • Coconut oil- 1 tbsp
  • Curry leaves, to garnish
  1. I cooked the avial in a clay pan, you can use a regular saucepan.
  2. To the claypan, add carrot, moringa, jackfruit seeds, green chilies, curry leaves, salt & water.
  3. Combine well, cook cooked over medium heat till the veggies turn soft.
  4. Don't over cook the veggies.
  5. In the meantime, to a blender jar add grated coconut, garlic, cumin seeds, raw mango, turmeric powder & water.
  6. Grind to a coarse paste.
  7. After the veggies have turned soft, add the ground coconut, combine well & cook for a few minutes.
  8. Towards the end add 1 tbsp coconut oil & curry leaves.
  9. Take the pan off the heat & keep it covered for some time.
  10. Enjoy with Kerala matta rice.



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