Aviyal Coconut & Cauliflower

Takeaway, Nusa, Farrindon

Aviyal Coconut & Cauliflower. It’s based on a Keralan dish, which according to Wikipedia ‘is supposed to have been invented by Bhima during his exile. According to the legend, when Ballav (Bhima’s name during this time) assumed his duties as the cook in the kitchen of Virata, he did not know how to cook. One of the first things he did was to chop up many different vegetables, boil them together and top the dish with grated coconut.‘ 

IMG_6182IMG_6181It was a lovely rich soup which packed a real punch of coconut flavour and had plenty of cauliflower and green beans. It’s vegan, vegetarian, dairy and gluten-free so pretty much suitable for anyone, and as I’m on a low-carb eating plan it fitted in with that too. You can have it with brown rice and bread, but I just went for straight soup.

Really enjoyable, would definitely have it again. A little bit of sunshine on a grey windy day.

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Words and pictures by @ladylavish

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