The food in Kerala is delicious diverse and worthy of all your calories. The cuisine is known for their fabulous seafood and meats even their own Moplah style biryani and their festive Sadhyas. With Onam round the corner, all festive meals are devoid of meat and it is where the vegetables are allowed to shine.
One of the very best dishes you will find in a home in Kerala or on any menu at a restaurant, and, of course, the star of the Sadhya is Avial. A humble dish of vegetables cooked in grated coconut so simple and so soul-satisfying it will have you yearning for more. There are lots of Malayali restaurants in the city but we picked the ones that serve a great Avial.
South High Restaurant & Bar, Lower Parel, South Mumbai - Tucked away in the heart of Kamala Mills which is a complex bursting with all sorts of different eateries is one dedicated to excellent South Indian cuisine. South High brings you flavours from all the southern states and very proudly dishes out a delicious Avial best eaten with freshly made piping hot Appams.
South of Vindhyas, The Orchid, Mumbai - The South Indian speciality restaurant at the Hotel Orchid in Mumbai is popular among guests. Mostly because of their set buffet meals but the al la carte menu is also attractive and the food is excellent. Between Curries, Prawns and Ghee Roasts, you will find one of the very best Avial in the city. Believe it or not, it is actually one of their more popular dishes despite all the wonderful meats on the menu. That is the charm of this humble dish.
Dakshin Coastal, ITC Maratha, Mumbai - The Grand Maratha is home to some of the finest restaurants in the city and one of those is Dakshin Coastal. The perfect restaurant to visit for a flavourful South Indian meal. The menu includes various Chettinad dishes and a lot from the state of Kerala including a delectable Avial.
Banana Leaf - Due to its name you might think that the restaurant only dabbles in South Indian fare but this all veg menu includes a range of dishes from all over the country. Their strength, however, lies in the South Indian menu and are one of the few places in the suburbs where you can find a tasty Avial.
Taste Of Kerala, Fort, South Mumbai- This restaurant is a legend in the Fort area known for its cheap and cheerful Kerala cuisine. It is inexpensive and is a no-fuss no-frills sort of joint but the reason why it is so popular is because of their incredible food. You will get a range of dishes here that showcase a great deal of the cuisine but one of the best is their simple Avial. It is also a part of their lunch thali at times but it is on the menu and you can order it anytime.
Better known as the Tiny Taster, Roxanne is an internationally respected blogger and expert on the Mumbai food scene. She has hosted many events, including the Upper Crust Food & Wine Show and travels the world, sharing her knowledge and gaining more experience.