Friday, June 15, 2012

Eerulli Tambuli (Yogurt based Onion Gravy)

Eerulli Tambuli is a yogurt based dish. In Kannada, eerulli means onion. I got this recipe from a good friend of mine.
You can also check my another tambuli recipe here.

Few months back- when I was talking to my friend, she told me that her MIL had made Majjige Huli. I knew that this is a tasty dish and asked her the recipe. She gave me the list of ingredients and the procedure (without the can you expect that as well?:-)). She also told me to try Eerulli Tambuli, which is much simpler and can be made within 15 minutes. So finally I tried making it with my own measurements and guess what? it turned out tasty and I loved it a lot. You can try making it for lunch on a lazy Sunday.

  • Grated Coconut, Fresh/ Frozen- 1/2 cup
  • Onion, chopped- 1/2 cup
  • Yogurt/ Curd*- 1/2 cup (adjust accordingly depending on the sourness)
  • Ghee- 1-2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
  • Dry red chilli- 1-2 (I used crushed red pepper)
  • Curry leaves- Few
  • Salt- To taste
*You can also use buttermilk instead of yogurt.


Grind grated coconut, chopped onion along with little water, to get a smooth paste. 
Transfer the ground paste to a bowl and add curd (or buttermilk), salt and mix well. Adjust the consistency by adding water (I kept it medium thick).
Now add the seasoning to the prepared mixture.
For Seasoning- heat ghee and then add mustard seeds. Once it starts spluttering, add curry leaves and broken red chillies. Turn off the heat.
Eerulli Tambuli is ready!!

Serve it along with rice. Above measurement serves three people.

Note: You have to finish eating the tambuli the same day as it is a 'No Cook' dish. Once refrigerated, it doesn't taste good.


  1. Interesting. So the onion is not cooked. I'll pass. Not sure if erulli would be a brahmin recipe. I make the other thambuli you mentioned with the green leaves. We call it jeera-thambuli.

  2. Last night I tried this and it turned out great.
    I added Jeera and ginger to it too. I am not sure why I thought it was in the recipe. But it turned out great anyways! Thanks for the awesome recipe.

  3. Glad to know that it turned out well. Ginger and jeera might give a nice flavor to it.

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    1. Thanks Ananya. Glad it turned out well. Happy Cooking :-)