Zebra Green Tomato Avial

green tomato avial

The whole of this month, the Blogging Marathon members have been dishing out recipes from A to Z. September was a month long marathon, with A to Z as the theme.

With Onam around the corner (when we started the BM), I picked Onam recipes as my challenge. This was an exception as the main themes were different.

Today is the last day and you have no idea how much thinking had gone into this post. And how much cheating too! H, D and G were all difficult, but X and Z was almost impossible, given that the recipe had to fit into Sadya theme or at least be a Kerala based one.

The choices for Z were Orange zest rasam, zest (actually, peel)of orange pachadi, zucchini thoran or sambar. These would fit into Kerala cuisine at least, if not Sadya in particular. But I couldn’t get oranges or zucchini here. But I did get some green tomatoes, with had small stripes on them  here and there.

These werent the proper ‘Green Zebra‘ tomatoes, but these were green and did have SOME stripe like patterns, so for the lack of choice, I am christening them as Zebra Tomatoes. Scroll down for the recipe and this is one of the ‘Nadan'(kind of means native) recipes.

green tomato avial

The regular Avial we make is a mix of a lot of vegetables, but there are a lot of other avial recipes too. Green tomato avial is one. Jackfruit (not ripe) and Mango avial is another.

In Kerala, there is a saying “Chakkayum Mangayum 6 masam, angane-ingane 6 masam”, meaning you manage with Jack fruit and Mangoes for 6 months and then manage with this and that for the remaining 6 months.

green tomato avial


  • Green Tomatoes:    1/2 kg
  • Chillies                    :    1
  • Turmeric powder :  1/4 tsp
  • Salt
  • Coconut Oil             :    2 tsp
  • Curry leaves

For grinding:

  • Coconut, scrapped     :      3/4 cup
  • Jeera, cumin seeds     :      1/2 tsp
  • Green chillies               :        2-3


  1. Optional step: You can saute 1/2 cup chopped shallots and then start from there.
  2. Wash clean and cut tomatoes into long finger chips like pieces. Slit the chilli open into two pieces.
  3. Grind coconut, jeera and chillies into a smooth paste. Now, if you have sauteed the onions, then add the tomatoes and chilli and cook for a minute. Else add the tomatoes, chilli and the ground paste together in a pan.
  4. Cook in low fire until the tomatoes are done. You need to add the turmeric powder and salt too.
  5. Once the tomatoes are done (they should retain their shape, but its ok if its mushy like mine too :D), take off the heat. Add the coconut oil on top and curry leaves to it.
  6. Close it with a lid for the flavors to mix. Serve with rice as a side dish.

green tomato avial

Previous posts in this series, from A to Z :

  1. A – Avial, Ada Pradhaman, Achinga Payar – Chena Mezhukkupiratti
  2. B – Beetroot Kichadi, Beet root thoran, Beans Thoran
  3. C  – Carrot Thoran, Cabbage Thoran
  4. D – Daal – Parippu Curry
  5. E – Erisseri – Chena & Mathan Vanpayaru
  6. F – Fruit Pachadi
  7. G – God’s Own Country – Kerala
  8. H – How to Serve a Sadya
  9. I – Inji Puli
  10. J – Jackfruit Payasam – Chakka Payasam
  11. K – Kalan & Koottu Curry
  12. L – Lemon Rasam
  13. M – Mambazha Pulisseri & Mathan Pachadi
  14. N – Neer Moru/ButterMilk
  15. O – Olan
  16. P – Payasam & Pookkalam
  17. Q – Quaker Oats Payasam
  18. R – Rice and Rasam
  19. S – Sambar
  20. T – Thenga paal
  21. U – Upperi
  22. V – Vegetable Cutting
  23. W- Wheat Payasam
  24. X – Xtra Tips for Preparing a Sadya
  25. Y – Yam Fry
  26. Z – Zebra Green Tomato Avial

Logo courtesy : Preeti

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 32 

Linking this to Valli’s Side Dish Mela.


15 thoughts on “Zebra Green Tomato Avial

  1. the next time I get some green tomatoes will definitely be trying these. wish I had seen this recipe before because I came home last weekend with a bunch of green tomatoes from a local farm but now they have all already been used


  2. The christening is hilarious and very creative..Totally understand your plight of naming traditional dishes to suit the theme..Loved the series and learnt a lot from it!


  3. Rajini this is fab. With one of the most difficult themes I am really really stunned with what you have here. As for cheating that not cheating that’s creativity.:D I am coming back to re read some that I have in my mind. I enjoyed this series and it was great, was because I ma late in commenting. I enjoy your writeup. Please keep it coming.


  4. Rajani, great job with your A-Z Sadya recipes. Loved reading all of them. I’m sure I’ll be coming back to read in detail and for the amazing recipes. Kudos to your efforts.
    ‘Zebra’ tomato avial sounds delicious.


  5. Rajani, this was a good trick, and whatever the alphabet be, all your recipeds were wonderful and enlightening, half year of mangos and jackfruits and the rest with this and that is a wonderful saying, where do coconuts fit in kerala, i thought it was all about coconut


  6. hahahah..Rajani you are hilarious!..imagine christening a tomato as Zebra!..anyway hats off to your creativity and of course your zeal to make Sadya recipes..as I said I love this cuisine and have been enjoying so much reading your posts..bookmarked your entire series to try myself…Thanks for the wonderful efforts!


  7. I have enjoyed the Sadya recipes, though I need more time to read them thoroughly…will surely do so..and I guess your challenge was really tough.”so a little cheating is only fair and accepted.
    Zebra aviyal is new to me..wish you had shown us those tomatoes:)


  8. Omg hats of you thought first of all i was wondering wat dish will you be posting for letter Z in onasadya :) this is such an delicious avial dear :) very very innovative and yummy looking avial :) I thoroughly enjoyed you a-z Ona sadya spl recipe :) they made me drool here !!


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