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Friday, October 5, 2012

Thengai Chutney/ Coconut Chutney

The best side dish for any South Indian tiffin items is Coconut Chutney.  So it doesn't need much introduction. It is very simple, easy to make, and can be made in a jiffy. 

What are the ingredients needed?

Shredded Coconut, 1 cup
Green chillies, 2 nos
Pottu kadalai/ roasted gram, 2-3 tablespoons
Salt, to taste
Oil, 2 teaspoons
Onion(small), 1 no.
Mustard seeds, 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves, a sprig

How it is made?
  1. Grind together coconut, roasted gram,  and green chillies in to fine paste adding required water.
  2. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, once they crack add chopped onions and curry leaves and saute till the onions turn golden brown.
  3. Add the ground paste to this and mix well. Adjust the consistency by adding required water, salt to taste.
  4. Mix well and serve. 
  • For a variation, in flavor, you can add 3 cloves of garlic while grinding or instead can use a small one inch ginger. 


  1. My fav...Loved the addition of onion..

  2. quick and easy to prepare.. comfort chutney..

  3. quick and easy sidedish for idlis and dosas,love it.

  4. This is such a staple with anything south Indian, can never get bored of this chutney!

  5. very quick n never fail side dish ...love it

  6. Looks awesome & mouthwatering

  7. This is new to me and am liking what I see.

  8. Quick and delicious chutney,yum

  9. Easy and goes well with many of our dinners.

  10. I make it the same way too..best with any snack..

  11. i often make this simple n yummy chutney...tempering with onion is new, will try it next time :)

  12. Coconut chutney looks delicious Love your addition of onion in garnish.

  13. Onion in tempering sounds awesome.

  14. That is absolutely true Divya, if I make anything south Indian and forget to make coconut chutney my daughter never eats it. I like your tempering of onion and curry leaves on coconut chutney.

  15. One of my favourite all time chutneys. I have never added onion to coconut chutney....since I love onion in just about anything, must try it in the chutney one of these days...thanks for the recipe :-)

  16. This sounds delicious! We have an international market not too far from me, I wonder if they will have Pottu kadalai, as I've never heard of it. Is there a good substitute? Then I just need to figure out how to use this chutney... maybe over rice, tofu, veggies. Yum! Now I'm hungry


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