Saturday, June 11, 2011

Pacha Andiparippu Aviyal / Raw Cashew & Coconut Curry

Aside dish which is made for special guests. A preparation reserved for special occasions.The Aviyal I love to make & savour. A unique dish of God's own country!
A dish which is never photogenic. The curry which made me struggle with lighting, focus and sharpness; yet not up to the mark. In short, the food to which I had surrendered in terms of photography.
I had pictured the dish a couple of years back with my basic Canon PowerShot. It was horrendous!
I shot it again a year back, with my next level camera. It was miserable!
During my third attempt I had to come to the conclusion that I can't capture a better image than this.

Put away the beauty and take my word, it is one of the richest and tastiest side dishes in a *Sadya (feast) menu and the easiest to make!

I am not sure about the availability of raw cashews or pacha andiparippu around you, which is the most ideal to prepare this, but I feel you can go ahead with the regular cashews, soaked in warm water for a few hours or until it turns soft. I haven't tried this way and so suggestions are most welcome.

These raw cashews are available in Alappuzha, where I was born and we had grown up nibbling these, though as kids we weren't much inclined to taste 'curries' made with them.
Now in T.N I get these rare cuties from the cashew farms in Neyveli which belong to my ma in law's cousin.
I got a fresh batch last week and here's how I prepared the curry just like my mother does..


Raw cashews/ pachandi parippu - 2 cups, cleaned and washed in running water.
Drumsticks, cut into two to three inch long pcs - 6-8 pcs
Chilly powder - 1 tsp (yes, you need some extra as cashews suppress the heat!)
Turmeric Powder- 1/4 tsp
Jeera- 1/4 tsp
Small onions-4-5 nos

To grind to a smooth paste

Grated coconut - 1 cup
Garlic cloves-2

To season

Coconut oil-2 tsps
Mustard seeds- 1/4 tsp
Finely minced small onions- a tsp
Curry leaves- 1-2 sprigs


Boil cashews and drumsticks in just enough water adding chilly and turmeric powders.Crush jeera and onions in a hand mortar or give a quick pulse in your mixie. Stir into the curry. Add salt. Grind coconut and garlic to a smooth paste.Stir in the paste while the cashews and drumsticks are half done.Simmer until the curry thickens and the cashews and drumsticks turn soft (but not mushy).
Heat oil in another pan, crackle the mustard seeds, caramelise the minced onions and throw in the curry leaves. Pour the seasoning over the curry.

The Aviyal tastes best with Rice and Sambhar and fairs well with Indian breads.

Find the same recipe at my sister's place here.
I love this recipe as well!


  1. Oh wow! I have never had kashnandi curry like this! my mom makes it with gravy, this sounds really yummy! Please do send it in to the Kerala Kitchen! Much more simple to submit now too :)

  2. Love aviyal and this rich aviayal looks very tempting.

  3. Interesting one.. Rich and delicious..

  4. Looks delicious, we used to add this to mutton gravy

  5. Looks yumm although the cashew calorie value might discourage me. Made Gobi Manchurian from your recipe... picture on facebook :D

  6. This is totally new to me...Looks yumm!!

  7. Yum..aviyal with cashewnuts is something new to me!We call this 'bibbo' in Konkani and is truly a delicacy which is available only once in a year.Most of the times,I make a Bibbe Upkari to go with Poori.Here's the link on my blog -

  8. My sis makes this in a very different way ...liked your style ...looks yum

  9. Wow wat a rich and delicious aviyal, marvellous..

  10. Bhrathy, love the recipe, we have cashew farms back home and my mom makes delicious curries , she sure would love urs with drumsticks. Wish I get fresh ones here

  11. வாவ்...ரொம்ப ரொம்ப சூப்பர்ப்...

    பச்சை முந்திரியில் செய்வது சூப்பர்ப்..நானும் கூட ஒருமுறை என்னுடைய அப்பாவின் friendவீட்டிற்கு கோயம்பத்தூர் பக்கம் வந்த பொழுது அவங்க வீட்டில் செய்தாங்க..

    ஆனா சரியாக டேஸ்ட் ஞாபகம் இல்லை....ஆனா உங்க குறிப்பினை பார்த்தும் அது ஞாபகம் வந்தது...

  12. Aviyal with kashuvandi is new to me, Bharathy. It sounds like something that should be tried out.

  13. Since last two years I was waiting for you to post this dish and finally I got a chance to see such a unique dish which I have never heard before! Lovely dish and I don't think I will ever get pacha kashuvandi to make this avial... but will try with dry cashew nuts:)... Thank you dear for posting this for me:) :)

  14. Wowww.... very nice and tempting recipe.. looks gr8 !!
    Indian Cuisine

  15. Looks so wonderful and super delicious !!

  16. wow, what a great new recipe, absolutely love the recipe and steps, sounds superb.

  17. .,mm... Aviyal with cashews... Always used to be a favorite dish... - Something that my grandma used to make when we her place.. Brings back fond memories... !!


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