Thursday, January 05, 2006


Theeyal Curry

This week I ended up making lot of Kerala dishes. Theeyal is a Kerala dish and it is very delicious with rice. It goes well with idly, dosa, appam and chapattis. This is one of my favorite dishes. The recipe can be made with vegetables like yam, snake gourd, egg plant and bitter gourd. I made it simple by using only the baby onions.

Ingredients: Recipe for two
  • 1 cup of baby onions finely chopped
  • ½ cup coconut
  • 1tsp tamarind paste
  • A pinch of asafoetida
  • 4-5 red chilies
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 5-6 pepper corns
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • Salt to taste


  • Heat 1 tsp of oil in a pan and sauté the coconut until it turns light brown. Add the red chilies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, pepper corns and sauté for a minute. Turn off the heat and allow it to cool. Grind the mixture to a fine paste.
  • Heat 2tsp of oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, curry leaves, asafoetida and onions. Sauté the onions until it turn into transparent. Add the ground masala and cook for few seconds. Add ½ cup water, tamarind paste, salt and bring to boil.
  • Serve hot with rice.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Priya,

I was about to ask u to post some typical kerala dishes like theeyal, kootu curry and all........and is it see the theeyal recipe today in ur blog :))))

7:57 PM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like how you show the ingredients in the separate platters. For me, it's good to know what they look like! The dish looks delicious!


10:24 PM   Edit
Blogger Tina Jennifer D'Silva said...

Hi Priya... This is something different for me to try again.

1:24 AM   Edit
Blogger Admin said...

will certainly try this out.. thx for the recipe. This is a new one..

3:17 AM   Edit
Blogger Shammi said...

Yum, I've had theeyal once and I loved it. Not made it myself, but I think I will now! :)

3:56 AM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I'll make this tonight - adding the bottle gourd I need to use up before the weekend shopping trip. Just one question - is the coconut fresh or dried? I assume since it's a Kerala recipe that it is fresh, yes?


6:10 AM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this aviyal in tamil or a different one. ?

6:35 AM   Edit
Blogger sailu said...

Will try this out,Priya.Thanks for sharing.

8:49 AM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

Deepa, thats good to hear from you. I also ended up making kerala recipes this week.

Paz, Thanks for the kind words. Its is more easy to cook once you see the ingredients:)

Tina let me know how it turned in your kitchen.

Anthony, Thanks for stopping by. I dont know how I missed your blog. Added your blog to my cooking list:)

Shammi, good to see you back. I missed reading your blog. Let me know how it turned for you!

Diane, I used the shredded coconut frozen. You can use dried also.

Priya, avial is made of different vegetables. This recipe is called as Theeyal , I am not sure what they call in tamil.

Sailu, do share your experience:)

3:28 PM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was real nice word... thanks

9:04 PM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

feman, Thanks for stopping by. I am happy to hear the muruku and kuska rice turned tasty:)

9:52 PM   Edit
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely mouthwaterring dish. Thanx for sharing.Would like to make this, for breakfast with idlis. Is it OK to roast the coconut(I always use freshly grated coconut)and spices the previous night? Should I put it in the fridge?
I always am on the look out for curries that are an accompaniment to idlis. Chutney is not much preferred in my home. Sambhar gets boring after a while. Now I make your 'Tomato Curry' which is liked very much at my home. Thanx.

6:17 PM   Edit
Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

Kika Gops, wow that's a news to me....will try to shop for sara's varuthara. Thanks for the info:)

Tisha, you can roast the coconut and the spices and store in the fridge. Dont keep it out, it might get spoilt:(

10:23 PM   Edit
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi priya,

I am too from coimbatore and i tried your Theeyal curry Yesterday.
The taste was very different. Neat display of ingredients. Keep up the good work!!

2:47 PM   Edit

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