Monday, November 4, 2013

Piyava Tambli ( Coconut based Onion Gravy)

Piyava Tambli is an easy, 'no cook' dish. I got this recipe from a cook book written by Jaya V Shenoy. This is a traditional recipe and it comes handy when you don't have any vegetables on hand (assuming onions, potatoes, garlic and coconut are always in stock :-)).

Few months back, my brother suggested to post this recipe. He had eaten it at his friend's place and really liked it. I have been thinking of posting this for a while but never happened. This is the first time I am making it and it turned out very good as I expected. The mild coconut gravy with a hint of coconut oil and the crunch from raw onions really makes it special even though the ingredients look simple and few.

  • Grated Coconut, Fresh/Frozen - 1/2 cup
  • Roasted Dry red chilli - 2-3
  • Tamarind - A small piece
  • Onion, finely chopped- 1/4 cup
  • Coconut oil - 1 tsp
  • Salt- To taste


Chop the onion (as fine as possible).

Now take grated coconut, roasted dry red chilli, salt and tamarind in a blender.

Grind it along with little amount of water to get a paste (not very fine).

Now transfer this paste into a bowl. Add water to get the desired thickness (I kept it medium thick). Then add the chopped onion. Drizzle coconut oil and give a good mix. 
Piyava Tambli is ready!!

Serve it along with rice and any side dish of your choice. Above measurement serves two people.


  1. Hey! This is one of my favourite recipe.It goes well with fried fish for non vegetarians. My MIL adds chopped onions whereas my mom adds the onions while grinding.So now what I do is Addsome onions while grinding and then add some chopped like you did.

    1. That's a good idea. Glad to know it's your fav. Even I liked it. Do try other recipes and enjoy :)

  2. All time favorite.. Love to have with fried fish and hot steaming rice.

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