Thiruvathirai Kavathu Poduthuval Recipe

Yields: 4 cups
Preparation Time – 20 minutes
Pressure Cooking time for kavathu and peas – 2 whistles
Pressure Cooking time for avarakkai – 1 whistle

Kavathu (Yam Retalu) – 3 cups (diced roughly – chethinathu)
Avarakkai – 1 cups (3/4 inch long pieces)
Green Peas – 1 cup
Water – 3 cups (enough to just immerse the vegetables while pressure cooking them)
Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
Green Chilli – 3 to 4 nos
Grated Coconut – 2 tbsp
Salt – to taste
Tempering Mixture
Oil – 2 tsp
Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
Urad dal – 1/2 tbsp
Curry Leaves – 3 to 4 nos
Coconut Oil – for sprinkling over


  1. Remove the skin of kavathu and chop into rough dices.
  2. Cut the avarakkai into 3/4 inch long pieces.
  3. Pressure cook the kavathu and green peas together with 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder and water for 2 whistles.
  4. Pressure cook the avarakkai with water and 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder for 1 whistle.
  5. In a saute pan, add the cooked vegetables, slit green chillies and salt and mix well and cook for about 10 minutes.
  6. Add grated coconut to the mixture.
  7. Heat oil in a small pan and add mustard seeds.
  8. When the mustard seeds begin to splutter, add urad dal and curry leaves.
  9. Once the urad dal turns light brown. pour over the vegetables.
  10. Sprinkle a little coconut oil over the poduthuval for the aroma.
  11. Serve with kali.

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