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Varutharacha Ulli Curry ~ Shallots in roasted coconut gravy !

Well,this is my second ulli curry  recipe here.The other one is slightly different and we mostly prepare it casually for lunch .But this one demands more time and patience which means a more flavorful curry to have.This is a Sadya specialty as well in Central Kerala.Served with hot rice and pappadam,it’s truly a very ‘nadan‘ (very much our own) curry..Cheers !


2 cups shallots,sliced
2 green chillies,slitted
handful of curry leaves
2 tsp tamarind extract
1/4 cup jaggery syrup (boil & melt jaggery adding some water.Or you may add a small piece of jaggery)
salt,as required
1 cup of water

To roast  and grind

1.5 cup grated coconut
1/4 tsp cumin seeds / jeera
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp kashmiri chilly powder (which is less hot)
3 tsp coriander powder
1/4 to 1/2 cup water

To temper

2 tsp oil,preferably coconut oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2 tsp chopped coconut
1 sprig curry leaf
2 dry red chillies cut into two each


In a non-stick pan roast the grated coconut adding cumin seeds till brown.This can be done in medium heat.Once it’s brown,switch off the stove and add the spice powders mentioned in the section.Mix well and resume with flame.Roast everything till the raw smell disappears.Be careful not to burn.Once it’s cool,grind this to a fine paste adding little water.Keep it.In a curry pot heat one teaspoon oil and roast the sliced onion till light brown.Then drop the slitted green chillies and curry leaves.Mix well for few seconds and pour the coconut mixture,jaggery syrup,tamarind extract along with one cup of water.Bring this to boil and add salt.Check the seasoning and balance the flavors accordingly.Once the curry start thickening and oil start clearing on top,switch it off.In another small skillet heat coconut oil and splutter mustard seeds,coconut,red chillies and curry leaves.Pour it over the prepared curry.Serve with rice.


24 comments on “Varutharacha Ulli Curry ~ Shallots in roasted coconut gravy !

  1. Gauri
    January 21, 2013

    Jaggery, tamarind.. this is tongue tickling already. Its very tempting especially presented in the bowl!


  2. PT
    January 21, 2013

    a different and interesting recipe from you dear 🙂 tangy and yummy..


  3. Valarmathi Sanjeev
    January 21, 2013

    Intersting and nice recipe…looks yumm. Liked the bowl very much.


  4. Julie
    January 21, 2013

    similar to ulli theeyal,looks very appetizing & divine..kurachu choodu chorum koodi undenkil kushalaayi 😀
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  5. Hema
    January 21, 2013

    Very yummy, tangy and spicy, with the fresh ground masala, superb..


  6. Priya R
    January 21, 2013

    wow what amazing clicks 🙂 can imagine how good it must taste 🙂 lovely recipe, would try this for sure


  7. Priya
    January 21, 2013

    Cant take my eyes from that bowl of flavourful curry,such a tangy,spicy and fingerlicking curry.


  8. divya
    January 21, 2013

    Wowwwwwwww.. looks absolutely perfect and inviting.. awesome clicks too 🙂


  9. Swathi Iyer
    January 22, 2013

    Adipoli curry, cheriya ulli, puli pinae entha vende, choru koode kityal mathi.


  10. Sangeetha Priya
    January 22, 2013

    interesting n yummy tangy treat, loved it!!!


  11. Rafeeda
    January 22, 2013

    this should be lovely with rice for sure… yum!!!


  12. Reshmi Mahesh
    January 22, 2013

    Love this curry…Perfect with rice…


  13. Archana Potdar
    January 22, 2013

    Bookmarking this one.


  14. Vimitha Anand
    January 22, 2013

    Would be perfect for white rice. Yum


  15. Insignia
    January 22, 2013

    I dont like onions, but this definitely makes me go yummmm


  16. Suja Manoj
    January 22, 2013

    Love this onion curry,with pearl onions and a sweet and sour taste,nothing than beat this,yum


  17. Saraswathi Tharagaram
    January 23, 2013

    Perfectly done dear. I love your presentation.


  18. Maha Gadde
    January 23, 2013

    Looks very delicious…yumm


  19. nice..good snaps.


  20. Jay
    January 29, 2013

    looks irresistably hearty n inviting
    Tasty Appetite


  21. Hamaree Rasoi
    January 31, 2013

    I love pearl onions and can imagine the delicious taste. Love your serving bowl


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  23. Shri
    February 8, 2013

    A delicious combination. The Jeera in this, unlike the theeyal spicing, will be equally flavorful.


  24. secondattemptinblogging
    February 17, 2013

    Lovely recipe combined with ethereal pictures , thankx


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