Ulli Theeyal Recipe - Kerala Style Ulli Theeyal

Ulli Theeyal Recipe
Ulli Theeyal is a popular Kerala sidedish, For those who are new to this...Ulli means Small Onion.Theeyal is a typical Kerala dish which is included in Onam Sadya Menu only in some parts of Kerala.Theeyal can be made with Shallots(Small Onion / Ulli), Pavakkai(Bittergourd),Okra(Vendakkai) etc.But Ulli Theeyal is a great combination, as shallots in this tamarind coconut based gravy pairs so well.I loved it with rice and with idli dosa for the next day. I love coconut oil flavour so this ulli theeyal recipe was a great treat for me.

The curry is thickish perfect to pair with rice, I had little leftover which I had with dosa the next day and I just loved the combo.
Ulli Theeyal Recipe

Ulli Theeyal Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: Indian | Reference:YummyOYummy

Small Onions - 1/2 cup skin peeled
Tamarind water - 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Jeera powder - 1/2 tsp
Water - as needed
Salt - to taste

To roast and grind:

Coconut - 1/2 cup
Coriander Seeds - 1/2 tbsp
Pepper - 1 ts[
Dry Red Chillies - 3
Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp

To Temper:

Coconut Oil - 1 and 1/2 tbsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Curry Leaves - a small sprig
Dry Red Chillies - 2


  1. Dry roast all the ingredients listed under 'to roast and grind' till nicely browned, keep sauteing in low flame.Cool down and then transfer it to a mixer jar.How to make capsicum rice - Step1
  2. Add little water and grind it to a fine paste,Set aside.Heat oil in a kadai - add mustard seeds,curry leaves and red chillies let it splutter.Then add small onion and saute till it turns transparent.Then add turmeric powder,red chilli powder and jeera powder.Add required salt.
    How to make capsicum rice - Step2
  3. Saute well till onions turn soft.Then add the coconut paste and saute for 2mins.Then add little water along with tamarind water.
    How to make capsicum rice - Step2
  4. It should more like rasam in consistency at this stage.Let it boil and become thick, oil will seperate at this stage switch off.
    How to make capsicum rice - Step3
Serve with hot steamed rice!
Ulli Theeyal Recipe

My Notes:

Ulli Theeyal Recipe