Ulli Theeyal Recipe is a quintessential Kerala gravy that is dark brown, loaded with flavor and best goes with white rice and ginger pickle.

Ulli Theeyal

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 155 kcal
Author: Neha Mathur

Ulli Theeyal Recipe is a quintessential Kerala gravy that is dark brown, loaded with flavor and best goes with white rice and ginger pickle.

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Ingredients

To roast and grind into a paste

  • 1/2 cup Fresh coconut
  • 1 tbsp Coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Black peppercorns
  • 3-4 Dry red chillies
  • 1/4 tsp Fenugreek seeds

For the curry

  • 2 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 cup Pearl onion Peeled and cut into halves
  • 6-8 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tsp Chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • Salt To taste
  • Tamarind Seedless lemon sized ball soaked in water

For the tempering

  • 1 tbsp Coconut pil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 10-15 Curry leaves
  • 5-6 Dry red chillies

Instructions

  1. Dry Roast Coconut until browned.

  2. Dry roast the remaining roasting ingredients until browned.

  3. Add the roasted ingredients in a blender along with some water and grind to make a paste.

  4. Heat coconut oil in a pan.

  5. Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds and let them crackle for a few seconds.

  6. Add onion and garlic and fry for 4-5 minutes.

  7. Now add the ground masala, chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt to taste along with a cup of water.

  8. Bring this to a boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

  9. Squeeze the tamarind and add the water in the curry and cook for another minute.

  10. Heat coconut oil for tempering in a pan.

  11. Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, curry leaves and dry red chilies and let them crackle for a few seconds.

  12. Pour the tempering over the curry.

  13. Serve hot with steamed rice or coconut rice.

Recipe Notes

You can add prawns or sautéed okra to this dish.

Nutrition Facts
Ulli Theeyal
Amount Per Serving
Calories 155 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Sodium 23mg1%
Potassium 398mg11%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 1150IU23%
Vitamin C 181.9mg220%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.