Kerala Theeyal

Theeyal is very delicious Kerala dish serve with rice. Theeyal is quite similar to samber.Theeyal dish is included in a traditional sadya menu in some parts of kerala.Theeyal is made from a spice mixture consisting of roasted coconut , coriander seeds, dried red chili and fenugreek .Theeyal which means “burnt dish” is a typical Kerala dish featuring burnt coconut and is usually dark brown in color.


Onions(large) 2 nos
Garlic pods 2 nos
Grated coconut 1 cup
Shallots(Kunjulli) 1 cup
Fenugreek seeds(Uluva) 1 tsp
Chilly powder 1 tbsp
Jack fruit seeds 100 gm cut into 4 pieces
Red gram 1/3 cup
Coriander seeds 1 tsp
Green Chilly 3 nos
Salt to taste
Oil 4 tsp
Tamarind extract 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder 1 tsp
Curry leaves A few

How to Make

  • Heat 2 tsp of oil in a frying pan.
  • Add 1/2 cup of the chopped onions in Fry pan.
  • Saute well till brown after that add curry leaves, coriander seeds, garlic and fenugreek seeds.
  • Stir for a few more minutes, remove and keep aside.
  • On a low heat roast the dry coconut till brown.
  • Add the coconut with the onion mixture adding half a cup of water.
  • Cook the Dal and jack fruit seeds along with water in a pressure cooker.
  • Heat the remaining oil in a saucepan
  • Add mustard seeds , add the curry leaves, green chillies, remaining onions and shallots. Fry till thry turn brown.
  • Add chilly powder followed by the tamarind extract and & 1/2 cup water.
  • Add salt and allow it to boil.
  • When it starts to boil, add the blended paste, dal and cook on a low flame for 15 minutes.
  • Serve hot Theeyal with rice.

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