Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Ulli Theeyal recipe | Kerala Ulli theeyal

ulli theeyal

Ulli theeyal is a popular Kerala gravy | South Indian gravy for rice, made with shallots(chinna vengayam) and coconut as the main ingredients and other flavourful spices. I am a big fan of vengaya vathal kuzhambhu, so i wanted to try this for a long time. Few months back one of my friend's mom while casually talking told me the recipe of ulli theeyal and i recorded the same in my mobile. I got a good bunch of small onion during my little india trip and finally made this ulli theeyal. It was a huge hit among all in the family. Try this at home and share your feedback with me.

Ulli theeyal recipe

  Preparation Time : 20 mins | Cooking Time : 25 Mins |Serves: 3-4

    Ulli | shallots | chinna vengayam 25
    Coconut   1/2 cup
    Dhaniya | coriander seeds  1 tblsp
    Red chili   3
    Red chili powder  1-2 tsp
   Tamarind   a small gooseberry size
   Salt   as needed
   Turmeric powder   1/4 tsp
   Mustard seeds   1/4 tsp
   Methi seeds| venthayam  1/4 tsp
   Coconut oil   1 tblsp
   Curry leaves    few  
     


ulli theeyal
Method:
  • In a pan add little coconut oil and add the grated coconut, coriander seeds and red chili.
  • Fry this in a medium low flame till the coconut becomes nice golden brown in colour.
  • Keep this aside.
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  • Slice the onions lengthwise. In the same pan add half of the onions and start cooking this.
ulli theeyal 2
  • Add little oil while cooking and cook the onions till nice golden brown.
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  • Take it out from the pan and allow the onions to cool completely . 
  • Grind this along with the coconut mixture into a smooth paste. Add little water if needed while grinding.
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  • In a pan add 2 tsp of oil and add the mustard seeds, red chili and venthayam.
  • Add the other half of the sliced onions and cook till the onions becomes translucent.
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  • Add the ground paste to this and add 1/2 cup of water.
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  • Take 1 cup of thin tamarind extract from the tamarind and add it to the pan. 
  • Add red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt and asafoetida. 
  • Mix well and cook for 10 minutes in a medium flame. 
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  • The gravy should come to a thick kuzhambhu consistency.
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  • Switch off the flame. Ulli theeyal is ready to serve.
  • Enjoy this with hot rice. We had with beetroot curry and kerala papadoms.
Kerala Ulli theeyal
Notes:
  1. Instead of adding coriander seeds while roasting you can add coriander powder while adding red chili powder.
  2. 1 tsp of urad dal can be added while roasting . 
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