Tastes of Kerala

Hi, I’m Nisha.Here,through my blogs I would like to share some unique, traditional vegetarian tastes and flavours of Kerala. Kerala has produced diverse, natural, nutritious as well as tasteful vegetarian dishes. The concept of homestead farming helped the Kerala women to make these unique dishes. Without using artificial flavours and colours they have produced hundreds of varieties of dishes. The famous “Sadya” in banana leaf has attracted many. To preserve and exchange these recipes is the main purpose of this blog. I’m sharing the recipes that I have encountered and those which attracted me . I am very happy to introduce you to some of the long lost traditional recipes . I hope you will enjoy them.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011


  • 1 segment of cucumber
  • 1 segment of snake gourd
  • 1 segment of elephant foot yam
  • 1/2 raw banana
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 brinjal
  • 2 drumsticks
  • 2 green chillies
  • 3 string beans
  • Mango ( to taste)
  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • 2 onion flakes
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • salt (to taste)
For the tempering
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • a few curry leaves
Peel the banana,cucumber,carrot,mango,elephant foot yam and scrape the drumsticks.cut the vegetables into 2″ batons. Cook the vegetables along with turmeric,salt and chilli powder in a low flame.Mix it well. Add a little water if necessary.  Grind the coconut along with onions,cumin seeds and green chillies. Add this paste to the cooked vegetables and stir it well. Add oil and garnish it with curry leaves.
Serve the Avial hot.
  • Use an earthen vessel for traditional taste.
  • Wash the banana and brinjal pieces in water mixed with turmeric or butter milk to remove the sap.

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