Theeyal Recipe (A spicy curry from Kerala)
This curry is called "Theeyal " ; One of the very delicious, spicy and savory curries from traditional recipe collections of Kerala. Kerala food is famous and much admired by all around the world. This particular recipe is popular in southern Kerala.
We can make theeyal with different vegetables or with Prawns instead of veggies.Today, I am giving you the basic Theeyal recipe with a combination of veggies.Here I use Bringal,bitter gourd and Onion.
Bringal -cut into longitudinal sections-1/2 cup
Bitter gourd -cut into longitudinal sections -1/4 cup
Shallots (Or if its not available use Onion 1 big) -1/2 cup
Green chilies -4 nos-(slit into two).
Method of preparation
Make a masala paste.
In a shallow pan,pour 1 tbsp oil.Roast coconut.When its light brown in color,add in 1 tbsp coriander powder.Keep this on low flame for 10 more minutes.
Let it cool down a bit,then grind this into a fine paste.
Take a big vessel and pour 2 tbsp coconut oil. Lightly fry the cut veggies with green chilies.
Add in salt,turmeric,chili powder and remaining 1 tbsp coriander powder.Mix well and simmer.
Now pour in the tamarind paste along with 2 cups of water.
Let this boil and cook well.
Finally add in the coconut paste we have prepared.
Switch off once it starts to boil.
Heat 1 tsp oil ,splutter mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds.Add in 2-3 dry red chilies and curry leaves.
Pour this over the curry and keep the lid on for 10 more minutes .
This curry is best with Prawns instead of veggies and served with white rice traditionally.