Avial (spicy vegetable stew)

This mixed vegetable stew made by chef Rasheed is a Hindu speciality, often enjoyed at religious festivals
Avial (spicy vegetable stew)
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Effort: medium


  • 1 drumstick vegetables, (optional)
  • 1 small yam
  • 1 small carrot
  • 50 g green beans
  • 100 g pumpkin
  • 100 ml water
  • 12 curry leaves
  • 75 g grated coconut
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, toasted
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 100 ml yogurt
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, for finishing

Tips and Suggestions

Drumsticks and grated coconut are available at Asian grocers.


1. Peel the vegetables, cut into thin strips and plunge into boiling water for about 3 minutes. Drain and set aside.

2. Place the vegetables in a saucepan and add the water, coconut oil and curry leaves. Simmer for about 3-4 minutes - the vegetables should still have texture and bite.

3. Grind the coconut, green chillies, toasted cumin and turmeric powder to a coarse paste in a food processor, adding a dash of water to moisten. You could also use a mortar and pestle. Add the coconut paste to the vegetables and simmer for 5 minutes.

4. Stir the beaten yogurt into the vegetables and drizzle with coconut oil before serving.

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