Kumbalanga Theeyal Recipe

Theeyal is a typical Kerala dish similar to South Indian kulambu. This is included in traditional sadya menu.there are several versions of theeyal according to the regions. The main ingredient is roasted coconut. We will celebrate this Onam with this special theeyal. Without theeyal Onam Sadya will not be completed. This is my sisters recipe,Thiruvalla style of making theeyal. I cooked colocosia with turmeric and salt to remove an enzyme,that causes itching.



  • Grated coconut-1 cup
  • Sambar dhal-1 tbsp (toor dhal)
  • Asafoetida-1 pinch
  • Coriander-1 tbsp
  • Red chilly -6
  • Turmeric powder-1 tsp
  • Shallots-10
  • Tamarind-lemon size
  • Salt to taste
  • Coconut oil-2 tbsp
  • Curry leaves-4 sprigs
  • Ash guard-2 cups
  • Colocosia-3 cups
  • How to Make Kumbalanga Theeyal
    Soak tamarind in warm water,strain and keep aside.
  • DSC02493Roast coconut, red chilly,coriander, asafoetida and sambar dhal for 3 minutes.
  • DSC02487Add  shallots and curry leaves.
  • DSC02489When it is slight brown add   turmeric powder.
  • Roast till  it comes brown. Allow it to cool.
  • DSC02495Cook ash guard and colocosia with salt and turmeric powder.
  • DSC02491Grind the roasted items into smooth paste.
  • DSC02496Add the ground paste and boil for 5 minutes.



  • Add tamarind water.


  • Temper with mustard seeds,red chilly and curry leaves . Add into the curry.


  • Serve hot with rice.