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- submitted by Dahlia on 11-13-2008 

Poriyal is a famous dry dish made in Tamil nadu with any vegetable which is served as a side dish for lunch or dinner with rice and some curry. The vegetable that is used is finely chopped/ grated, cooked and tossed with a generous amount of fresh grated coconut.  

 Poriyal can be made with a single vegetable or a combination of vegetables. The poriyal is named based on the vegetable that is used. I have shared a very generalized recipe for Mixed Vegetable Poriyal. You can follow the same recipe and use any vegetable of your choice and enjoy this hearty side dish with rice or roti. You can also serve it as a salad. 


Mixed Vegetables - 2-3 cups (finely chopped or grated) (You can use any combination of vegetables. I have used carrots, french beans, green peas, radish and cabbage.)

Onion - 1 (finely chopped)

Green Chili - 1 (finely chopped)

Coconut - ¼ cup(grated)

Salt - to taste

For tempering

Oil - 1 tbsp

Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp

Split black gram (Urad dal) - 1 tsp 

Dry red chili - 1

Curry leaves - 1 strand

Asafoetida -  a pinch


1.Heat oil in a pan and splutter the mustard seeds. Add the dry red chilly, split black gram, asafoetida and curry leaves. 

2.Saute the onions and green chilies for a minute or till the onion sweats. 

3.Add the chopped vegetables and salt. Cook covered for about 5 minutes sprinkling few drops of water if needed.

  Note :- Some vegetables do not need water at all. If the dish seems to get dry, just sprinkle few drops of water. Different vegetables takes different time to get cooked.
4.Finally add the fresh grated coconut, mix well with the cooked vegetable and switch off.

      - You can add crushed roasted peanuts or raw rice to the poriyal. This gives a crunchy texture to the poriyal. 

      - One raw egg can be broken and added to the poriyal to enhance the flavor.      

Microwave Method
      - You can make the poriyal easily using a microwave too. Mix the chopped vegetables, tadka (seasoning) and grated coconut and microwave on micropower high for 8- 10 minutes. The time for different vegetables to get cooked will vary.


Check out some of the poriyal recipes

- Beans poriyal

-Broccoli poriyal

- Beetroot poriyal

- Carrot poriyal

- Cabbage poriyal

- Turnip poriyal

- Keerai (spinach) poriyal

- Collard greens poriyal

- Mustard greens poriyal 

- Turnip greens poriyal

- Radish poriyal

- Beetleaves poriyal

- Swiss chard poriyal

- Rutabaga poriyal

- Kovakai poriyal (ivygourd)

- Vendakkai poriyal (ladiesfinger), 

- Cauliflower poriyal

-Asparagus poriyal

- Parsnip poriyal

- Brussels sprout poriyal etc.

          You could also make poriyal with cooked dry beans which is often refered to as '


'. Another variation is to use combinations of vegetables like beans carrot poriyal, cabbage carrot poriyal, cabbage green peas poriyal, cabbage broccoli poriyal, broccoli carrot poriyal, broccoli green gram poriyal etc.