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Feb 12, 2011

Coconut chutney / Thengai chutney

Coconut Chutney is one of the basic chutney/side dish for any south Indian breakfast/ dinner recipes. This chutney is very easy to make and doesn't involve cooking, tempering is also not necessary most of the time I make this chutney without tempering. Tempering the chutney only for flavor if you don't like you can skip it.

  1. Coconut  1/2 cup  (shredded or sliced)
  2. Dalia        1 tbsp
  3. green chilies  5-6 no.s
  4. ginger   1/2"piece
  5. garlic    1 small flake 
  6. salt   as needed
  7. coriander leaves   few
To temper
  1. oil    1 tsp
  2. mustard seeds   1/2 tsp
  3. channa + urad dal   1 tsp
  4. curry leaves   few
  • Grind everything from coconut to coriander  leaves with little water in a blender.
  • Heat a tsp oil in a pan and mustard seeds wait till it splutter then add channa n urad dal and fry till light golden brown lastly add curry leaves and remove from the stove and add the tempering  to the ground chutney n mix well
  • Now the chutney is ready to serve .
  • Goes well with idly, dosa, Ven pongal, Medhu vada, Lemon Rice also.

Adjust the amount of green chili to your desired spice level.
Adding coriander leaves is optional if you don't want u can skip it.
Instead of green chili you can also use dry red chili.


  1. I and my husband are crazy about south indian food,but i am not as good in cooking these food since we are from Hyderabad! as you probably know how rich Hyderabad cuisine is,and thats what i have grown up watching my mom n grand mom cooking! so i always take help from either friends or popular websites for making my south indian food. Just a week ago i came across this website,this is amazing!your recipies are awesome and yet very simple to understand and cook! thank you so much! i”v already tried spinach poha and tomato poha n loved it!..i was always in search for that famous coconut chutney that came with idly/dosa,i have tried it from other websites but never liked the result,i saw that recipe here also,i am going to try it next,and hope it will come out exactly as i eat at south indian restaurants...i have one quation,what is Dalia means? its in the above recipe ingredient.
    l am love with ths website! keep up the good work,god bless :)

    1. Thank you Shenaz for all those kind words n for your feedback...glad that u tried n liked my poha recipes!
      People like u my strength n encouragement, do try this coconut chutney, sure u will love it!
      Dalia - it's roasted gram dal or pottu kadalai in tamil, vegina chenaga in Telugu ,
      Buns channa in Hindi, n Huri kadalae in Kannada :)
      Yes it's in the pic, next to coconut...hope this helps..if u try this chutney don't forget to share ur feedback ! Thank U!!

  2. I love south indian food and I am so happy to have found this site. I found out you are from Tamilnadu and I believe these are Tamil recipes. Now I do not have to spend hours surfing trying to figure out which south indian recipe is from which region as I am north indian. Thank you so much for all your efforts to share this lovely cuisine. Shalu.

    1. Thank U so much Shalu for all ur kind words. Yep, 60% of recipes here are South Indian/Tamil Nadu recipes...glad that u liked my recipes :)
      If u try any of my recipes plz feel free to share ur feedback. Thanks!

  3. Hi Sangeetha, today i tried this recipe with few variation. I didnot use garlic, used fewer chillies and used maggi kraut ( german name of some herb, don't know english name) instead of coriander. And it was fantastic. The most enlightening part was your explanation in comment section that roasted chana dal is actually bhuna chana. That bhuna chana made a huge difference otherwise I used to roast chana dal myself and resulting chutney wouldn't be as exciting as with bhuna chana. I have one question though... Do you know a quick recipe for idli batter using rice powder and urad dal powder. I tried mixing these two and some baking powder and salt but idlis didnot rise much. Guess i have to continue experiments till i get it right ;) thanks. Shalu

    1. Hi Shalu, glad that u liked my recipe :)
      Reg idli dosa batter - i haven't tried using flour/powder...but will give u the recipe soon. yep, we need to experiment ;) will try using ready powders n let u know the result soon with proper proportions.


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