Dec 19, 2012

Ulli Theeyal

Ulli Theeyal

A delicious main curry with rice in Kerala cuisine. Dry roasted coconut paste is the main ingredient !!

Serves: 3


1 teaspoon oil

180 g  (or 18 - 20 nos) chuvannulli ( shallots / small onion), peeled

2 tomatoes, finely chopped

1 cup water ( 200 ml )

½ teaspoon thick tamarind paste or 2 tablespoon tamarind juice (optional)

3/4 teaspoon salt ( or to taste )

For the Coconut Paste:

1 cup  or 10 - 13 tablespoon (Indian standard measuring cup of 200 ml / 8 oz capacity) coconut, grated

10 red chillies

2 tablespoon coriander seeds

1/2 teaspoon jeera ( cumin seeds )

1/2 teaspoon urad dal


In a wide iron kadai, dry roast all the ingredients till golden color (also the quantity of the grated coconut will reduce to 3/4th when dry roasting) and fragrant (approximate roasting time 25 - 30 minutes, depending upon the freshness of the coconut ). Grind all the ingredients together in a mixer to a fine paste. Sprinkle very little water if required to make a smooth paste.

For the theeyal:

In a pan, heat oil. Saute shallots on a low heat for 2- 3 minutes ( till you get a nice aroma ).

Add chopped tomatoes. Saute for 2 minutes.

Add 2 - 3 tablespoon coconut paste / theeyal masala or to taste (store leftover theeyal masla in refrigerator, you can use same masala for prawns theeyal / chemmeen theeyal) and  mix well, saute on a low heat for 2 minutes.

Add 1 cup  / 200 ml water, thick tamarind paste or juice (optional) and salt to taste.

Cover with a lid and cook on a low heat for 15 minutes or till done / gravy slightly thickens / tomatoes are well blended. Consume this curry after one hour. Then it will absorb all the flavors. Best with rice (or with cabbage thoran, moru kachiyathu, boiled egg, pappadam & fish fry).

1 comment:

Bhavya said...

Hi Niya Chechi..
U are a wonderfull cook. U are my inspiration and my guru. I've tried more than ten dishes from your blog. Everything came out good. All thanks to u..
Am surely going to try this one.