Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Prawn Theeyal

As a kid I have never enjoyed theeyal, particularly when it's only with shallots or vegetables.  As I always say, now it's the reverse as I grew up.  Now I love theeyal and shallots a lot, I even enjoy raw shallots or pearl onions.  Raw shallots so good for you, in those days when you have rice leftover in home, what they do is wash the rice well and add some more water to the rice and leave it overnight, not in a refrigerator.  The next day morning they drain the water and add fresh water or sometime use the same water.  Mash up the rice well with water, add a few spoons of yogurt, freshly chopped  raw shallots and some green chillies,curry leaves.  You won't believe this gives you unbelievable stamina for the whole day.
The starch from the rice  gives you this stamina and raw pearl onion or shallots adds up lots and lots of health benefits.  Raw shallots are rich in antioxidants,vitamins and minerals.

Shallots reduces the cholesterol level in your body, also it reduces the blood sugar level. Shallots are also particularly effective against liver cancer, since shallots remove the toxins from the liver.  Regular intake of shallots also reduces the infections from stomach.  Although peeling and preparing the shallots are bit time taking work, thinking of all the health benefits, I think it's worth all the efforts.  To read more about shallots click here and here.

Coming back to our recipe here Theeyal is originally a recipe from Kerala, which is almost a similar version of pulikulambu which is prepared in Tamilnadu.  Theeyal is a tangy and spicy curry prepared with a mix of vegetables or prawns.  Theeyal can be served with rice, idli's or dosas.  In case of Prawn theeyal, it can be served with chapathi's too.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 40-45 minutes
Serves  4

Ingredients:
Prawns ( shelled and cleaned )- 1/2 kg
Shallots- 12 ( peeled and chopped)
Tomato- 2 medium sized chopped
Tamarind- 1 lemon sized ball ( soaked in water and extract the pulp)
Chilly powder- 1 tsp
Coriander powder-2 1/2 tsp
Green chilly - 2
Curry leaves-10
Garlic-  4 pods chopped
Methi seeds- 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Fresh grated coconut- 100 g
Oil- 2 tbsp
Salt to taste

Method:
Clean and wash the prawns with little turmeric and salt.  Dry roast the coconut until it turns light brown in colour.  Mix the chilly powder and coriander powder along with the coconut, grind it to a smooth paste by adding little water.
Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds when they start spluttering, add methi seeds,curry leaves and garlic.  Now add the onions and stir fry until it turns translucent.  At this stage add the ground paste and stir well with out sticking to the bottom.  Now add the tomatoes, green chillies and stir well.  Cover the pan and let it cook till the tomatoes get softened.  Now add the tamarind juice and water, let it boil for few minutes.  Finally add the prawns, salt,  cover the pan and let it cook till the prawns are completely cooked.  When the colour of the prawns are changed in colour,you know it's cooked.  Leave it till oil floats on top of the curry.  Take it off from heat and serve with hot steaming rice.

33 comments:

maha said...

photos are looking gorgeous....n i too prepare this in d same way for my hub.urs looks tasty n spicy.

Julie said...

Very tempting!!!Mom used to make this & I loved it a lot..

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Princy Vinoth said...

looks beautiful Ayeesha!i love the mud vessels!

DivyaGCP said...

Looks very tempting.. bookmarked. definitely will try it sometime..

Anisha Ranjit said...

Ur pics are awesome... My husband would love this..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Prawn curry looks simply delicious and mouthwatering.

Deepa
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Usha said...

Theeyal sounds like the pulusu we make in AP. I was never a big fan of theeyal growing up but now I love it. We make it fish.. never tried prawn. Off course with vegetables.

I love your earthenware

Roshu said...

Ya'allah what a presentation dear!!!!!
Mouth watering here.......

manjooo said...

lol....same pinch... :D...well have to say ur pictures are tooo too good....amazing clicks...

Preeti Garg said...

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ANU said...

wow looks awesome dear....ver nice clicks and presentation

Suja Manoj said...

Tangy and yummy theeyal..love it

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Super kothipikkuna theeyal...Lovely presentation too..

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Makes me drool !! Love the presentation..looks so authentic !! yum!!

Torviewtoronto said...

favourite prawns theeyal deliciously done looks fabulous

Lecker and Yummy Recipes said...

wow this looks so spicy and lecker ! its gonna be my next try with shallots :)

Sumi said...

absolutely yummy..cant take my eyes off the picture :)

Neha said...

Very yummy looking curry...Lovely clicks too...

Sravs said...

Very inviting and tempting one !!

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Indugetscooking said...

Those prawns look so plump and delicious....very beautifully presented

Jaleela said...

Prawn theeyal looks very delicious,
mouthwatering here..

Rookie Qookie said...

They look spicy and tempting..will give it a try :)

Marina said...

Oh, I can enjoy when it's only shallots and vegetables, a lot of it!

TipsNDeals said...

looks yummy..even though I don't eat prawn I feel like eating..love your presentation..

simran said...

wow!extremely informative post... didn't know all those benefits of shallots.......the theeyal is looking amazing.spicy and yum!

Manju said...

thats a gorgeous theeyal and I simply love the ingredients used! lovely pics.

Rekha shoban said...

yummy theeya...pic looks superb and eyecatching dear!

easyfoodsmith said...

This dish is going to be lapped up by my family! Delicious post.

Resh said...

wow...looks so tempting....and i love your little pots ;)....authentic looking

Sweetheart Diary said...

ohh looks so yummy!

schmetterlingwords said...

Very good explanation about Pazhaya Saadham... Oh, now I crave for it.. The Prawn Theeyal looks intoxicating, with its promosing bright red colour! :)

Niloufer Riyaz said...

beautiful photo Ayeesha!! Prawn theeyal looks delicious

zareena said...

Ufff... couldn't take my eyes off the first snap. They look amazing dear. You r snaps make me drool...:)

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