Ulli Theeyal - Kerala style Shallots in Roasted Coconut Sauce + The Winner

Ulli Theeyal vazhayila
We had an amazing vacation in the land of mountains, lakes and springs the long weekend and how I wish as always , I could freeze the time and live those days over and over again ; else I would have to take these kin of vacations more often. We always stay in down towns where ever we go  to capture all the happenings at night ..days we admired the picturesque place , taking scenic drives , boat cruises , and even Six flags :) (scared the hell out of me ) Evenings we roamed around the village , bar-hopped , ate at authentic Italian restaurants , resembling Sicilian villas and enjoyed till midnights the live music on beach. A totally splendid vacation.

Many Thanks to all those who have participated in the giveaway - autographed copy of Monica Bhide's Modern Spices . N assigned numbers to all those who left comments here in vazhayila and in FB page and randomly picked a number and The Winner is Lubna KarimLubna , please send me your address to ship your win.
Shallots for Ulli theeyal
Ulli Theeyal( theeyal means "fried curry" ) is the first thing I made after the break , as sort of  welcoming myself back to my normal routine. Honestly I really have to do something good to get my blogging mojo back. Look at my picture , something is not right..sigh!!!
This is the first dish my Mom learnt to make after her wedding , since my paternal grandparents liked it so much. She always says , she had a tough time( 33 years back) grinding the roasted coconut to perfection, in the traditional "Arakallu" and took almost an year to get it right. Lucky us , we don't have to slog that much to get it right :). A simple curry full of flavors , this Ulli Theeyal can make your meal a special one :)

Kunju ulli theeyal -vazhayila

Recipe for Kunjulli / Chuvanna Ulli Theeyal
Serves - 2-3 
Cooking time -30 minutes

Ingredients:-
Shallots/ Kunjulli - 10-15 nos
Oil - 2 table spoons
Tamarind pulp - 1 tea spoon
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Salt to taste
Curry leaves - 2-3
Water - 1 to 1.5  cup

To roast and grind
Grated Coconut - 1/2 cup
Coriander seeds - 1 table spoon or Ground Coriander - 1/2 to 1 tea spoon
Dried red chiles - 2-3 or Red chili powder - 1/2 tea spoon

Tempering
Oil - 2-3 table spoon
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tea spoon
Dried red chiles broken - 2
Curry leaves -  4-5 

Directions:-
Dissolve tamarind pulp in a cup of water and set aside for 5-10 minutes. Peel , clean and cut Shallots into 2 or 3 big pieces. Heat oil and saute shallots for 4-5 minutes.Cook the shallots with the dissolved tamarind and remaining water ,turmeric , salt to taste and curry leaves for 6-8 minutes or until shallots are tender.
Meanwhile,heat a spoon of oil in a pan(optional, you can do this without oil too) , add grated coconut and fry in a medium flame , stirring continuously , till it starts to turn dark brown. Add coriander and chili and continue frying , till the coconut and the spices are dark brown.Switch off the flame.
Grind this to a fine paste , by adding little water in the small jar of mixie or coffee grinder.
Add this paste to the cooked shallots , combine well and simmer for 2-3 minutes.( add more hot water , if you want it to be watery).Let heat through but do not let it boil. Remove from heat and set aside.
Tempering :- Heat oil in a small pan and add mustard seeds.When they pop up add dried red chiles, curry leaves , fry for a minute and remove. Pour over the theeyal and serve warm
Kunju Ulli Theeyal

Good day All,
Sarah

62 comments:

Priya said...

Slurp,fingerlicking ulli theeyal,the picture itself salivating me..delicious!!!


COngrats to Lubna..

Pari said...

Love this any time dear and beautifully captured. There's surely no problem with ur clicks.

FOODELICIOUS

Sadhana Valentina said...

That makes me mouthwatering Sarah!!!

Reva said...

This is yum:) Glad u enjoyed your vacation..
Reva

Biny Anoop said...

This is my husbands fav and he has this with puttu....we make it a bit different..ingredients are the same but we slightly roast and cook the shallots,then the coconut mix then the tamarind water.......presentation is perfect with the old wood at the background:)

Heathcliffs Girl said...

My mum makes this with prawns fried and put in :) Awesome! I have been lurking around your blog fr a bit thought I would comment now!!

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Torviewtoronto said...

yummy looking delicious curry
congrats to Lubna

Priti said...

This looks so yum ...am going to try it ....n Congrats to dear Lubna :)

Chitra said...

This is exactly how my mom makes it..the clicks are so good...

Gayathri Ramdas Sreekanth said...

Was looking to forward to an authentic theeyal recipe from a food blogger..!! Thanks ! In contrary, the pics look fab ! :)

Sarah Naveen said...

@ Biny..hey i forgot to write that step :)..Thanks for saying that ..thats when i realized :)

divya said...

Mouthwatering and great clicks!

Sarah Naveen said...

@ Pari..Thanks for that...comforting a bit

Pushpa said...

Wish I can find the smaller shallots like the one we get in India,yummy theeyal.Congrats to Lubna.

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

Curry looks wonderful and delicious !! Congrats to Lubna !!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Shallot curry looks awesome and droolworthy. Many Congrats to Lubna upon her win.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Hari Chandana said...

Wowwwwwwwwww.. looks so tempting and perfect.. awesome presentation dear.. love it :)
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Treat and Trick said...

Tempting click and looks really tasty! Congrats to Lubna too...

Kairali sisters said...

OMG OMG...Ente fav fav anu ulli theeyal, kothy varunnalo sarahhhh..Eniku control tahrane eeshwara..

Krithi's Kitchen said...

With some white rice, just heaven.. such a comforting dish.. awesome pics..
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Toyin O. said...

This looks so yummy.

Angie's Recipes said...

This looks mouthwatering!

annemineli said...

Merhabalar; çok lezzetli görünüyor.Ellerine sağlık..sevgilerrr..

Suja said...

Mouthwatering theeyal..adipoli

julie said...

wow..That was a mind blowing yummy theeyal !!one of my favourite,with plain rice.The colour itself tells us the perfection !!

Deepa Praveen said...

sarakuttiyey enney nattapathirakku kothipichu..ullitheeyal and uzhunnuvada had it once and till date a huge fan of that..:P Will prepare ullitheeyal this weekend for sure

Kathleen said...

This sounds really delicious and your photos are beautiful!!!

Sobha Shyam said...

Delicious ulli theeyal..can get the flavour here...:)

Shanavi said...

Looks mouthwatering and very delicious..Congrats to the winner Lubna Karim..

women-wisdom.com said...

Shallots bring a gr8 flaour to all dishes. Uli theeyal is so inviting. Want to have it as side for curd rice. Sarah, yours chicken wings were so yum that I tweeted it in http://twitter.com/womenwisdom/

Hamsamalini Chandrasekaran,
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Rekha shoban said...

tempting theyal!! i use little black pepper....urs looks yum yum!!nice click sarah!

Deepa said...

Gosh! Your post has me drooling for my Mom's Ulli theeyal. I'll be at their place in a week's time. Can't wait.

Sunanda said...

Wow!! it looks amazing.. have to try this out.. Congrats Lubna for winning the prize..
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Muraligeetham said...

Ullitheeyal looks fantastic!!!lovely presentation....

Sharmilee! :) said...

Drooll...just pass that plate, will wipe it clean..Looks so yumm

Kitchen Flavours said...

Very new recipe to me...looks extremely yum...thank u for picking me up...will mail u....

jeyashrisuresh said...

wonderful clicks of the shallots and great recipe too

Deepti said...

wat a colorful theeyal

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Prathibha said...

lovely curry..looks yumm..congrats 2 Lubna

Zareena said...

Lovely Sarah. This one is my Husbands fav. Loved your clicks as always.

An Open Book said...

sho..that last meal just blew my mind off..i wish i cud just lean over and eat it :)

Prathima Rao said...

OMG!!!! Finger licking good!!!! I just got to try this out soon!!! Lovely clicks :)
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Rinku Naveen said...

Slurp..Slurp.. Sarah this looks so delicious. Love the colour of the masala.
Lovely photographs!

Nisha said...

One of my fav theeyal .

Madhavi said...

Hummmmm chatpati post...mouthdrooling and finger licking :)))

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Nisha Bipin said...

Dear Sarah
This is my bro's favourite..
My mom's version : Instead of cutting shallots into 2-3 big pieces,slice thinly and fry it until it makes rattling sound .. (dont over fry -will turn out bitter ).

Nisha

kothiyavunu.com said...

Oru rakshayumillallo...kidilan, exlnt girl!

Plateful said...

Glad you had a wonderful break Sarah, it's good to see you back! :) And hey don't fret about the photos girl...they're lovely. I've never tasted ulli theeyal...this looks quite authentic.

Jayasri said...

wow, simply beautiful looking theeyal, I do make something like this and call it gojju but I have never used coconut & the paste you have grinded to add to this! should try it, and of course as always your pics are beautiful

Jay said...

This looks sooo delicious dear..I bet Im gonna love this one...yummy..:P

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Now Serving said...

Sarah, that looks SO yummy - have me in a drool pool dear!

kankana said...

This is a different kinda dish for me and I am liking the recipe. Your pictures are so beautifully shot!

Madhu said...

Sarah, I am sure going to try this one. This sounds very easy...and I like tamarind based curries, so this would be perfect for weekdays.

Ganga Sreekanth said...

my fav..adipoli aayi dear:)

Rookie Qookie said...

Sarah - This is something I was always longing to make...Thanks for the lovely post :)

Binitha said...

Ulli theeyal sure looks very inviting...
I've always peeped to see your recipes and am happy to follow you...
Am quite new to blogging but do check my space when time permits

Cheers,
Binitha
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Loveandcalories said...

This looks perfect!! Great photography too!!

Ur new follower

Rohini
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Ananda Rajashekar said...

last pic warm rice and ulli makes crave for it! i don't get shallots :(

Vardhini said...

Looks so perfect .. love shallots.

Vardhini
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thekitchenaffaire said...

Woww.. adipoli... vaayil vellam varunnu :D Awesome dear :)

Anish and Betty said...

Mouth watering clicks. 100 points to your perfect clicks

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