Theeyal (Ulli)


Theeyal (Ulli)

Kerala Ulli Theeyal
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Cuisine Kerala
Servings 4 people



  • Soak tamarind in 1/2 cup of warm water and take the extract from it.
  • Heat 1 tsp of oil in a small pan.
  • Saute coconut till brown.
  • Add chilly powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, pepper powder and turmeric powder and stir fry till it gives an aroma.
  • :- Be sure to simmer it, thus preventing masalas from getting burned too much.
  • Keep aside and cool.
  • Grind it to a smooth fine paste.
  • Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan.
  • Splutter mustard seeds and saute curry leaves and whole red chillies.
  • Add shallots, asafoetida, salt and fenugreek powder into it and saute for a while.
  • Add tamarind extract into it and allow it to boil for 2 - 3 mins.
  • :- If necessary, add water.
  • Add the ground paste and sugar into it and simmer for furthur 4 - 5 mins.
  • Switch off the stove and serve hot.
  • :- Serve with rice.
  • :- You can also use fenugreek seeds instead of powder, but u have to splutter it with the mustard seeds.
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Response (8)
  1. S always !! December 21, 2008

    sho….enthu parayaan ,,,, entae samayam vaeruthae poyi … i guess we hav to grind the coconut well enuf !!

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    Navya Nair October 20, 2010

    I have tried this for 3 times and finally it came good. My husband was happy to have this special curry for his lunch. I am preparing this frequently. Thanks once again….

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    Susan September 19, 2007

    ohhh….. so delicious….. thank you for this receipe….

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    Shiny August 23, 2008

    It was very tasty…I never thought I could make it..thank you very much

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