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Vazhuthanenga/ Eggplant Theeyal



Theeyal is a spicy side dish made with roasted coconut. It is very aromatic and can be made with vegetables like eggplant, bitter gourd,drumsticks and several other vegetables. Prawns theeyal is also very popular. This curry is only made occasionally as it cannot be made in a jiffy.It is time consuming especially cleaning and slicing of shallots which is the main ingredient and roasting the coconut. Still this flavorful curry is one of the favorites with my family. Here I am using baby eggplants.

Ingredients
Baby Egg plants- 8-10
Shallots sliced- 1 1/2  cup
Shredded coconut- 3/4 cup
Tomato - 1
Green chilly -2 
Ginger chopped- 3 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Chilly powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Coriander  powder- 2 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/3tsp( optional)
Fenugreek powder- 1/3 tsp
Tamarind- gooseberry size ball
Curry leaves- 1 spring
Oil
Salt to taste


Roast coconut with one tsp of chopped shallots till brown but not burned. Just before switching off the flame add chilly powder, coriander powder and fenugreek powder and lightly roast it. Let this cool a bit and then make a fine paste of this mixture adding very little water and set aside.
Cut eggplants in your desired shapes. In a heavy bottom pan heat oil and saute the eggplants for a minute strain and keep aside. In the same pan crackle mustard seeds and saute onions, green chilly, ginger till onions are golden brown . Add turmeric and salt and saute for another minute and add tomatoes. Allow the tomatoes to get properly cooked. Mix in the grounded coconut paste, tamarind juice and half cup of water simmer a few seconds. Gently drop in  the eggplants cover and cook in medium till eggplants is properly done or till a thin layer of oil is formed on top of the curry. This can be served with rice.

This recipe goes to Priya and Siri's wonderful event Healing Foods - Onions



Try this..
Hope you will all enjoy.

Comments

  1. oh my!really really mouthwatering...spicy,rich n delicious gravy

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  2. wow what a tempting dish ...looks awesome ...nice clicks make me hungry...

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  3. Looks yummy, :) I have another version in my blog :)

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  4. OMG!!!!!! the gravy luks so delicious , color and specially eggplant color.....nic shots

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  5. Slurpppp!!!such a tempting theeyal, truly makes me hungry Suja..

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  6. never added coconut to my curry..it sounds new to me..looks so tempting..love eggplants in any form...must try this delicious recipe whenever time permits...thanks for sharing this!

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  7. Thanks all for the sweet comments :)

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  8. the gravy looks awesome.. tempting!

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  9. Looks great and definitely tasted yummy, coconut and shallots would bring out that outstanding taste...

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  10. suja theeyal nammude favorite.. but this eggplant theeyal -looks really delicious and u cooked it very perfectly.. so yummmy..
    nice picture too dear

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  11. Wonderful theeyal, kurachu chorrum kootti kazhikkan thonnunnu..Kazhinja friday undakkiyatheyullu vazhuthananga theeyal:)

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  12. wowwwwwwwwwwww yummy one....that color is making me taste once....really very tasty and delicious one....i love eggplant and ur dish came out real perfect....

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  13. Suja, that pic is just mouth watering. Beautiful and delicious both :)

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  14. theeyal in any form brings water to my mouth..yummy

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  15. lovely dish...beautiful click...great suja

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  16. Suja lovely dish...n pic too.
    Thks for stopping by my blog always n leaving those beautiful comments, really appreciate.
    Aubergines r my fav vege too..like any recipe naturally.

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  17. Mouthwatering theeyal, looks too good

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  18. Wow, theeyal kure ay undakiyittu, this looks so tempting Suja..We love vazhuthanaga...OMG cannot resist the craving now...

    Love
    Kaurali sisters

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  19. adipolli ayittundu.....vazhuthanaja kondu try chthittilla...vittill kurachu kidakkunnu...undakki nokkanam

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  20. Suja theeyal adipoli takkali ittu ituvare try cheythittilla. anyways try cheyyanam pinne adipoli click anu ketto

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  21. Those eggplants are really tempting. I love it.

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  22. Thanks all for stopping by and for the sweet comments:)

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  23. I am really able to imagine the aroma and taste. ummmm yummy :)

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  24. looks super delicious. Tempting click.

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  25. Wow..adipoli aayittunde.. really tempting..

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  26. Thanks Nitya,Uma and Nitha for stopping by and for the sweet comments:)

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