Theeyal Recipe

Theeyal Recipe
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A delicacy from the land of God's own country Kerela, Theeyal is a spicy curry made with grated coconut. The finely balanced flavors are best relished with steamed rice.
Theeyal Recipe
Difficulty Easy
Rating 10.0 / 10 (4 votes)
Recipe Type Veg.
  • 1/2 Cup grated coconut
  • 1 Cup baby onions
  • 5-6 Curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp Tamarind paste
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 Pinch asafoetida
  • 7 Red chillies
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 7-8 Black peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp Coriander seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • Water as needed
  • 3 tbsp Oil
How to make Theeyal:
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a small pan and fry coconut until light brown.
  • Add 5 red chillies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, peppercorns and fry until it produce an aroma.
  • Combine the turmeric powder with it and stir-fry for about 2-3 seconds.
  • Let it cool and then grind it to make a coarse powder, set aside.
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil and add the mustard seeds, curry leaves and rest of the red chillies.
  • When the seeds start spluttering, add asafoetida and onions to it and cook for about 5 minutes over medium heat.
  • Combine the ground masala powder with it and cook for few seconds.
  • Add water, tamarind paste, salt and sugar to it and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat and Simmer for about 5-7 minutes.
  • Serve theeyal with steamed rice.