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Instant Pot Avial

Instant Pot Avial

The Kerala style curry of mixed vegetables in a coconut yogurt sauce base, Avial, cooked in the Instant Pot.
Course Main
Cuisine India - Kerala
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 131kcal
Author Manju


  • 2 cups Mixed Vegetables - Raw Plantain, Elephant Yam, Yellow Cucumber, Carrot, Potato, Drumstick, Chayote Squash, cut into 3 inch long strips (peel the plantain, yam, cucumber, potato)
  • 2 cups Water just enough to cook the vegetables
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste

To grind to a paste:

  • ½ cup Grated fresh coconut frozen will do
  • ¼ cup Yogurt
  • ½ tsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 Green Thai chillies

For garnish:


  • Add all the vegetables with the turmeric, salt and water to the Instant Pot. Set it to Manual and close and cook sealed under pressure for 4 mins. 
  • Quick release the pressure as soon as 4 mins is up. Be sure to watch for the steam as you do the pressure release.
  • Grind together the coconut, cumin, green chillies and yogurt to a fine paste.
  • Add this paste to the cooked vegetables. Cook in saute mode for 2 mins, till it all comes together.
  • Garnish/season with the coconut oil and curry leaves.


  1. You can use other vegetables like the small eggplant, other squashes or melons etc. This is usually the combination I use.
  2. Yogurt is used as the souring agent here. In certain parts of Kerala, tamarind is used as the souring agent instead. If using tamarind, use a lime sized ball, soak in water and take out the pulp. Add this to the vegetables when they are cooking. Skip the yogurt. Grind the coconut with a little water instead.
  3. If using frozen coconut, microwave the frozen grated coconut for 30 secs or so. This way the coconut seems to grind better without having fat solids stuck in the mixer/food processor.


Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4730IU | Vitamin C: 62.5mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1.4mg