Ulli Theeyal

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Not much to say, except that I don’t understand why I am posting the recipes here late, even though everything was in the drafts for sometime now!

Cooking now a days is a chore to be done, and not something done with a passion or love. So the current specialty of the house is

  • under-cooked veggies
  • watery/spicy sambars or
  • burned and charred vegetables.

Visitors – you have been warned!

But despite my current low ratings in the kitchen department, this theeyal turned out to be nice, with that wonderful aroma of roasted coconut!

This is my post for Blogging Marathon 20, under the theme ‘Cooking with Onions’. Check out the Blogging Marathon page to checkout more recipes from fellow BM mates.

Serves about 2-3


  • Shallots                          :            1 cup (or 2 big onions)
  • Tamarind paste          :             1/2 tsp
  • Water                              :             1 – 2 cups
  • Turmeric powder       :            1/2 tsp
  • Salt
  • Oil

To grind:

  • Coconut                        :             3/4 cup
  • Coriander Powder    :             2 tsp (or fresh coriander seeds)
  • Chilli Powder              :             1 tsp ( or 3-4 red chillies)

To temper:

  • Mustard seeds           :              1/2 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds       :              1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves, a few
  • Oil


  1. Peel the onions and wash them. If using big onions, slice them thinly. For pearl onions, you needn’t slice them, though some people prefer to do it that way.
  2. Heat a pan. If using coriander seeds and red chillies, you need to roast it before adding the coconut. Add the coconut and roast till its brown in color and a nice aroma comes. Take care not to burn the coconut.
  3. Blend in a mixie with coriander powder and chilli powder to get a smooth paste. You might have to add about a tablespoon or two of water too. Keep aside till required.
  4. Heat about a tablespoon of oil in a pan and add the onions. Let it turn pink. Mix the tamarind paste and water and add to the pan once the onions turn pink. Bring it a boil, and add the coconut paste and required amount of salt.
  5. Boil for another 8-10 minutes, till the desired thickness is reached. Do a taste test and adjust seasonings per taste. I like it a bit thick, but still of pouring consistency. Serve with rice and a side dish.

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6 thoughts on “Ulli Theeyal

  1. Love that peeled onion shot!..guess it’s the air right now..even I am not in a mood to cook anything “fancy” and the blogs suffer, not to mention the kids at vacation right now…every now and then they get the butter out to threaten me…LOL..must try recipe..sounds so interesting


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