Go Back
+ servings
This South Indian Vegetable Curry, also known as an avial, is both easy and tasty. A medley of vegetables is drowned in a paste of coconut and simple spices. A vegan, soy-free, gluten-free and nut-free recipe. #vegan #indian #recipe #southindian #kerala #curry #vegetables #veggies #dinner #lunch -- HolyCowVegan.net
Print Recipe
5 from 6 votes

South Indian Vegetable Curry

This South Indian Vegetable Curry from the spice coast of Kerala in India is quite authentic, but it's also an easy recipe to put together for a quick weeknight meal. Mixed vegetables are cooked to tenderness and drowned in a sauce of coconut milk and a few simple spices. A vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and nut-free recipe.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main/Curry
Cuisine: gluten-free, Indian, nut-free, South Indian, Soy-free, Vegan
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 238kcal


  • 4-5 cups mixed vegetables, cut into chunky slivers about 1 1/2 inches long (I used a sweet potato, two large gold potatoes, two carrots, and a cup of green beans)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 13.5 oz can coconut milk (not the light kind)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp bengal gram dal (can sub with 1 tsp raw rice)
  • 2 green chili peppers like jalapeno (deseed and use more or less depending on how hot the pepper is)
  • 1-2 tbsp coconut oil (more oil means more flavor)
  • 2 sprigs (about 25-30) curry leaves
  • 1 tsp black or brown mustard seeds
  • 1-inch knob ginger (cut into thin slivers)
  • 1/4 cup vegan yogurt (I used my cultured cashew yogurt-- link in notes below-- but use any kind. For best results, it should be tangy)
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander and fresh coconut, if you have some, for garnish


  • Place all the cut veggies into a large pot with 1 cup of water and turmeric. 
  • Place the coconut milk in the blender with the cumin, green chili peppers, and bengal gram dal or rice. Blend into a paste. Set aside.
  • When the veggies are cooked -- it should take no more than 15-20 minutes -- add the coconut paste to the veggies and stir well to mix. Let the curry come to a gentle boil over medium-low heat.
  • Turn off the heat and add the yogurt or lime juice. Stir to mix but be careful not to mash up the veggies because they'll be very tender at this stage.
  • Heat the coconut oil. Add mustard seeds and when they sputter, add the curry leaves and the ginger. Saute for a minute or two until the fragrance permeates the house.
  • Pour the tempering over the avial and stir to mix.  Garnish, if you wish, with coriander and some fresh coconut.
  • Serve hot with rice.


Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.8g | Protein: 4.3g | Fat: 15.3g | Potassium: 500mg | Fiber: 3.8g | Sugar: 4.1g | Vitamin A: 1750IU | Vitamin C: 21.5mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg