Drumstick And Okra Curry (Theeyal)

A very tasty dish form our hometown. Amma used to make this curry often and we usually eat with hot rice. Dry roasted coconut paste gives a great flavor to this curry.


  • Drumstick ——————— about 20 split pieces
  • Okra ——————————- about a cup (cut it into 1″ length)
  • Red onion ———————- 1/2 (chopped)
  • Tamarind cubes ———— 3 or juice from small lemon size tamarind
  • Indian chili powder —— 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder ——— 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder ———- 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds ————— 1/2 tsp
  • Cooking oil ——————— 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • To make a paste
    • Grated coconut ——— 3/4 cup
    • Garlic pods —————- 2
    • Cumin seeds ————- 1/2 tsp

How To Make

  • Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat
  • Add the mustard and wait until it crackles
  • Add the chopped onion and sauté for few minutes
  • Now add the drumstick and okra pieces
  • Then add the chili powder, coriander powder, salt and mix them all
  • Add the tamarind cubes/juice and half cup of water
  • Cook for about 10 minutes
  • In the meantime, in a small pan, dry roast the grated coconut, garlic and cumin seeds until it becomes golden brown
  • Ground this mixture into a fine paste
  • Now add this coconut paste into the curry and add another cup of water
  • Cook it for another five minutes or until the curry become little thick
  • Switch off the stove and enjoy with rice

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