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Ulli Theeyal / Shallots in Coconut Gravy

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Only when I started blogging, I came to know that ulli theeyal is a kerala recipe. But the wonder here is, I prepare this gravy very often at my home without knowing the fact. This recipe is from my mom, who prepares this gravy every week with plain dal and carrot poriyal as the default combination. This combo is my family’s favorite and sometimes we demand, home made fried pappadam from her. Try this combo when you bored of… you can feel the heaven. Now, read below to see how I prepare it!!!

Did you know? Shallots can lower the blood sugar levels in people with diabetes by preventing the degradation of insulin and increasing the metabolism of glucose.(From – The Hindu)


For Gravy:

Shallots – 1 cup, sliced

Tamarind – 1 small gooseberry size

Oil – 4 teaspoons

Curry leaves – 1 string

Mustard seeds and Urid dal – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt – to taste

For Roasting & Grinding:

Fresh coconut – 1/2 cup, grated

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Pepper seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Coriander seeds/ coriander powder – 2 teaspoons


For Roasting & Grinding:

1) In a heavy bottom pan(I don’t have the one, so I used the normal one. But works well with heavy bottom), add ingredients given for roasting and dry roast them till the coconut get brown. Make sure it is not getting burnt. If you are using the coriander powder, add in the mid of roasting. This way you can not burn them.

2) Allow the ingredients to cool and make a paste by adding little water.

3) Keep it aside.

For Gravy:

1) Soak tamarind in warm water for 10 minutes and extract juice from it. Keep it aside.

2) Wipe off the pan and heat 3 teaspoons of oil in it.

3) Add mustard seeds, urid dal and curry leaves. Allow them to splutter.

4) Add sliced shallots and fry them till they are soft and transparent.


5) Add extracted tamarind juice and ground paste.

6) Add salt and if required add water.

7) Boil it till they gravy becomes half thick.

8) Pour a teaspoon of oil on the surface of the gravy.

9) After 2 minutes, remove from heat.

10) Serve hot with white rice.

Sending this to The Kerala Kitchen hosted by Khushi of A Girl’s Diary.

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Wooooow what a recipe Uma……..I love this… is something new for me but I will definitely try this …….I feel this will go well with Roti sabzi as well. Thanks for sharing & the presentation is mind blowing as well.


Yummy this looks fabulous

cooking varieties (wan)

hi uma, nice inside looking- serving inside coconut.
would like to try this , i like the roasted grated coconut.


Very flavorful one and a lovely presentation,dear!!I love this just with steamed hot rice..finger licking recipe..

cooking varieties (wan)

hi uma, nice inside looking- serving inside coconut.
would like to try this , i like the roasted grated coconut.

Sangeetha M

we too make this in different way…loved your version, all the spice ingredients..looks so flavorful too…love it with hot rice n appalam..yummy !!!

Square Meals

Amazing presentation!


OMG this is mouth-droolin gravy, great clicks too 🙂

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Luks delicious and a mouth-watering shallots gravy.Luv it.


wow great presentation !! very interesting recipe !! new to me !!

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Reshmi Mahesh

Love this theeyal…so delicious…Lovely preparation and presentation…


wow.. fabulous recipe.. nice presentation…


Very interesting and innovative recipe. Looks delicious and mouth watering.

Sensible Vegetarian

I love this and is one of my favorites. You presented it so well.


We make theeyal slightly different, this looks delicious.


too good n lots of flavors in it..

Indian Khana

Looks so yum and lovely clicks


Fabulous presentation uma.. and i;ve never heard of this gravy.. bookmarking it to try for sure.. looks so creamy!

Richa @Hobby And More Food Blog


Wow! This looks very tasty and u have presented it very nice.


Theeyal looks yumm! thenga moodi-la vaichu kalakkala irukku presentation! 🙂

Jayanthy Kumaran

absolutely fantastic flavors n it uma..;)
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theeyal looks fabulous!!nice clicks..


Wonderful recipe uma,totally new to me.Looks delicious.If u hav some time try to increase my friends list dear.


Just love the presentation. Fabulous and yummy kuzhambu.

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Beautifully presented and yummy theeyal

Jeyashris Kitchen

wonderful presentation and mouthwatering gravy


wow really tempting theeyal and presentation is awesome…

Menaga Sathia

yummm….love the presentation!!

Priya Sreeram

theeyal looks yum and neat presentation

Priya Suresh

Omg, wat a beautiful presentation, fingerlicking licking ulli theeyal..simply irresistible..


OMG! lip smacking recipe and love the presentation!

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Beautiful presentation..
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Biny's Recipes

wow love love love the presentation…and this ones is my fav with puttu


Yummy curry….Awesome presentation….


Loved your presention very much! Looks too good!

La @ FoodSlice

First time here and love your website. You click beautiful photos. The presentation in coconuts with curry in contrast is amazing.

Sushma Mallya

This sounds delicious…beautifully presented!

Sweet Artichoke

This gravy sounds fabulous and I love your presentation in the coconut! Very pretty!


Delicious looking recipe and mouthwatering presentation.


wow…ulli theeyal looks very delicious..and fantastic presentation…loved the way you used the coconut…:)


Im from kerala..Its my fav too dear..Luv all theeyals except bittergourd theeyal haha….Perfect with rice and curd…This looks perfect and beautiful clicks too.

Sobha Shyam

awesome presentation dear, theeyal looks very flavourful and delicious, perfect with hot white rice, great recipe dear..


Delicious theeyal with a beautiful presentation.