Aviyal is a delicious curry in which a melange of garden-fresh vegetables is cooked with coconut paste and curd or a sour fruit, such as raw mango, raw tomato or bimbli. It is near impossible to think of Kerala Sadya without Aviyal. Each region in Kerala makes its own version of it. This version with raw mango comes from central Travancore and is truly unique.

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  • 1 cup yam strips
  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • 3/4 cup Malabar cucumber strips
  • 1/2 cup snake gourd strips
  • 1/4 cup carrot strips
  • 1/4 cup long beans strips
  • 1/4 cup chopped raw mango
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp jeera
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 3 green chillies
  • 1 drumstick, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 raw nendram banana (optional)
  • A pinch of turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste


  1. Wash and cut all the vegetables into long strips.
  2. Coarsely grind coconut, jeera, turmeric powder and green chillies without water.
  3. In a thick-bottomed pan, pour in 1/2 cup water and add a pinch of turmeric along with the vegetables and banana pieces (if using). Bring to a boil until the water evaporates.
  4. In the same pan, mix together ground coconut masala, curry leaves, salt, 2 tbsp coconut oil and mango wedges. Add ¼ cup of water and combine well.
  5. Keep the pan on slow flame, covered with a banana leaf, and cook for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove the banana leaf and pour in 1 tbsp of coconut oil. Remove from fire.
Regi Mathew

Regi Mathew

Regi Mathew, co-owner and culinary director of Kappa Chakka Kandhari in Chennai and Bengaluru, is Scroll Food’s Chef of the Month for September. His culinary career, which began with the Taj Group of Hotels, has taken him to several countries, where he has learnt many cuisines. After 25 years in the F&B industry, he decided to closely explore the cuisine of his home state, Kerala. For three years, he travelled through the state, researching its food, and working with 265 housewives and 70 toddy shops, some of whom are now part of the restaurant’s kitchen. He has won several accolades in his career, including being adjudged the Chef of the Year at the Times Food Awards, Chennai, in 2018.

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