June 9, 2012

Ulli Theeyal/Shallots in Roasted coconut gravy

Shallots/Small Onions - 250 gm
Dry roasted/fried coconut - 3/4 cup
Tamarind juice- 1/4 cup
Coconut oil 
Curry leaves 
For Fried/Dry Roasted-coconut (Thenga varuthu edukkan)
Grated coconut - 2 cup (one coconut)
Chlli powder - 2 tbsp
Coriander powder 1 1/2 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Heat a pan and dry roast the grated coconut until they turn almost dry. Now add the chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and stir continuously till the coconut turn reddish brown. Now remove the pan from heat allow to cool.You can keep this in air -tight box in refrigerator for more than one month

1. Soak tamarind in 1/4 cup warm water for 10 minutes and squeeze out the juice.Or dilute 1/2 tsp tamarind concentrate in 1/4 cup warm water.
2. Peel all onions,clean and allow to dry.Cut them into thin slices.
Fry them in medium heat without using oil until it makes rattling sound.(after cooling you can keep this in air tight box in refrigerator for later use !!)Dont over fry it, because it will make the theeyal bitter
3. Grind the dry roasted coconut in a mixer to a fine paste .(tip: first grind it to very fine powder,-you will see the coconut producing oil and becoming wet and will stick to bowl's sides.now add 2-3 tbsp water and grind again-fine paste is ready)
4. Pour the tamarind juice to the fried shallots,add salt and boil.
5.Now add the ground coconut paste.Then wash out the bowl with 1/4 cup water and add this to the shallots.Cook/boil it for 2-3 minutes
6. Heat oil in another pan,splutter mustard seeds, throw in red chillies ,and curry leaves. Add this tempering to the theeyal.Serve hot with rice, chappati, dosa etc..
Easy version
To make it more easier you can avoid the shallots frying step.Instead of frying you can 
1.Cut the shallots into 2-3 big pieces. 
2. Heat oil in a pot ,Splutter mustard seeds.Add red chillies and curry leaves.Then add the chopped shallots and saute until it is soft and almost fried -or you can fry it at this stage ;-)
3.Now add the tamarind juice, coconut paste and salt.Boil and cook.
Note :This theeyal is more of sweeter in taste, if you want a spicy one, adjust the red chilli powder while frying the coconut.or you can add green chillies while making it.

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