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pacha theeyal recipe Kerala style

Pacha Theeyal Recipe Kerala Style

This is a simple, easy and yummy vegetarian/vegan South Indian Kerala style theeyal recipe (gravy with coconut and spices). I made this pacha theeyal using tomatoes but you can add more chopped veggies to make it more healthy and delicious.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 153kcal


  • 2 medium sized onions
  • 2 tomatoes
  • ¾ cup coconut grated
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 green chilies
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2.5 cups water (little extra if needed)
  • salt as needed

Spice Powders

  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder

For seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 5 dry red chilies broken
  • 1 string curry leaves
  • black peppercorns a few (optional)


  • Peel and chop the onions as little thick medium sized pieces, keep aside.
  • Wash and chop the tomatoes in medium sized pieces, keep aside along with the onions.
  • In a food processor, grind together the grated coconut, cumin seeds, green chilies and garlic to a smooth paste, you may add a little water if needed (if adding water, use the water from the 2.5 cups water as recommended in the ingredients, to avoid adding any extra water).
  • Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds.
  • When the mustard seeds splutter, add the broken dry red chilies and curry leaves, fry for a few seconds.
  • Add the chopped onions and tomatoes to the pan, saute for about 2 minutes.
  • Add the salt and stir the contents very well and cook in low heat for another 2 more minutes.
  • Add the grind coconut mixture to the pan, stir the contents very well, and add the remaining spices - turmeric powder, coriander powder, black peppercorns and red chili powder, mix everything well.
  • Saute the contents for 2 more minutes.
  • Add the water to the pan, mix everything well and cook in medium heat until the mixture starts to boil. Once the mixture starts boiling, you can stir everything again and cook in low heat heat for another 1 more minute.
  • You may add a spoon of oil if desired, stir the contents, serve it hot with rice for lunch or dinner enjoy!


Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 473mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1140IU | Vitamin C: 105.8mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1.7mg