Friday, January 11

Ulli Theeyal

'Ulli' means onion in malayalam and 'Theeyal' means burnt food. The coconut should be fried well until brown in this dish. Theeyal is almost similar to Tamilnadu's kaara kuzhambu. We don't fry the coconut for kaara kuzhambu and we add vegetables like brinjal and drumsticks to it.
This is my contribution to the RCI: Kerala hosted by Jyothsna of Currybazaar and JFI:Onions hosted by Radhika of Radhi's Kitchen.


pearl onions- 30 -35 peeled and sliced
coconut- 1/2 cup
tomato- 1 small
coriander seeds- 2 tsp
cumin seeds- 1 tsp
chilli powder- 1 to 1 1/2 tsp or acc to taste
turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
tamarind- lemon sized
oil-2 tbsp
salt to taste
For seasoning
mustard seeds- 1/4 tsp
split bengal gram- 1/4 tsp
curry leaves- a few
red chilli -1
methi seeds- slightly less than 1/4 tsp


Soak the tamarind in water and extract the juice out of it.
Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan and add coriander seeds, cumin, 10 - 15 onions and coconut one by one and fry for a couple of minutes.
When cooled add this along with turmeric powder, chilli powder , tomato and grind to a fine paste.
Heat the remaining oil in a pan and add the seasonings one by one.Then add the rest of the sliced pearl/sambar onions and fry till it turns transparent.
Now add the ground paste and the tamarind juice. Add 1 cup of water to it and when it boils simmer the flame and close partly with a lid. Keep on flame for 15 to 20 minutes till the gravy thickens and oil seperates.
Serve hot with rice.

U can add coriander powder and cumin powder too instead of seeds.
U can add brinjals and bittergourd instead of onions.
Check Anita's Ulli theeyal too.


Ramya's Mane Adige said...

lovely!!! the picture looks gr8

sra said...

Prema, I think I've had this, can't be too sure, though. Happy Pongal!

Archana said...

By pearl onions you mean, small onions right? I like this, its like vathal koyumbu, but we dont add the coconut for it. Its fantastic and i am going to try it very soon. I love kerela dishes and working with varieties of coconut. I would love to have the recipe of neiappam - sorry if the way i write i is wrong.

Seema said...

Hey, Prema, that looks yum yum, my mouths watering looking at it.. my next try for sure... Nice one!

Jayashree said...

Good entry for RCI, Prema.

TBC said...

Oh I just love theeyal!
That looks beautiful.:-)

Menu Today said...

Hi Prema,
Theeyal looks superb!!!!! Great Entry

Nags said...

wow! one of my favourites!


Looks nice hope to try it soon Prema!

Rajitha said...

love it..and the beans thoran is making me drool for sure!!

Richa said...

the color of the gravy looks very good, slurrrp :)

Pooja said...

thats a nice anhealthy dish Prema.
good entry for RCI.
thanks for sharing dear.

Padma said...

I didnt tried Theeyal so far, yours looks yummy....tx for sharing Prema

Resonator said...

hi prema;

i like theeyal..yummy yummy

happy blogging

Mandira said...

great entry for RCI. I love the second pic :)

vimmi said...

Hvae been meaing to try this for a long time since i saw it on another blog. nowadays with visiting so many blogs and trying so many new dishes, I am not able to cook even our reg fav.

Kribha said...

Yum... Nice picture of ulli theeyal. Bookmarking it.