Ulli theeyal

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Roasted coconut ground along with select spices added to shallots and reduced becomes the famed ulli theeyal that is a perennial favourite in Kerala cuisine. Among all its variants, the theeyal with shallots is the most lauded one.

Ingredients

150gm + 1 tbsp shallots

1 cup grated coconut

1 cup tamarind water

A pinch of turmeric powder

1 tbsp coriander seeds

4 dried red chilli

2 sprigs of curry leaves

Salt, as required

1 + ½ tbsp coconut oil

Preparation

In a heated pan, add ½ tbsp coconut oil

Add grated coconut, 1 tbsp shallots, turmeric powder, coriander seeds, red chillies and curry leaves

Saute until the mix turns a deep brown

Grind the mix well in a mixer grinder. It will be ideal if oil releases from the coconut mix while grinding

Pour 1 tbsp coconut oil, and add the rest of shallots

Saute well until the shallots becomes slightly soft

Pour in the tamarind water into the mix

Stir well and add the ground mixture to it, along with salt

Let the mixture reduce until it gets slightly thick

Theeyal is ready to be served

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