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Ulli Theeyal Recipe

Ulli Theeyal
How to make Ulli Theeyal

About Ulli Theeyal Recipe: Ulli Theeyal is a Kerala delicacy made with shallots or tiny onions cooked in a roasted coconut gravy.

  • Total Cook Time 50 mins
  • Prep Time 10 mins
  • Cook Time 40 mins
  • Recipe Servings4
  • Intermediate

Ingredients of Ulli Theeyal

  • For the Masala:
  • 5-6 Tbsp Sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Whole black pepper
  • 1 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 1 bowl Fresh ground coconut
  • 5-6 Whole red chillies
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • For the Ulli Theeyal:
  • 1/4 bowl Sesame oil
  • 1 Whole red chilli
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 5-6 Curry leaves
  • 1 bowl Whole shallots
  • 3 Tbsp Ground masala
  • 4-6 Tbsp Tamarind extract
  • A pinch of Asafoetida
  • 1 Tbsp Jaggery
  • 1 tsp Garlic paste
  • To taste Salt

How to Make Ulli Theeyal

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Prepare the Masala:

Heat the oil in a pan. Add the fenugreek, cumin seeds, whole black pepper and coriander seeds and roast them till brown.
Add the coconut and roast again till the coconut turns dark brown. While it is roasting, add the red chillies, stir and add the turmeric powder.
Mix it well, then grind it to a paste.

Prepare the Ulli Theeyal:

Heat oil in a pan. Break the red chilli in half and add it followed by the mustard, wait till they splutter.
Add the fenugreek seeds, curry leaves and the shallots. Stir.
Now mix in the ground masala, add the tamarind extract and mix well again.
Put in the asafoetida and jaggery, finishing with the garlic and salt.
Stir it all together for a couple of minutes and serve.
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