Friday, February 15, 2013

Coconut Chutney Recipe - How to make coconut chutney - Thengai Chutney

Coconut Chutney
I know making coconut chutney is no big deal but I wanted to post it here for beginners with correct measures. Coconut chutney / Thengai chutney serves as a best side dish for idlidosapongaladai and the list goes on...I have always been fascinated by the look of hotel coconut chutney, pure white in color with just the coconut flavour domination....I made it that way too :) I remember the first time I tried coconut chutney with just grinding coconut, chillies and adding more water , it was a total mess. I called up amma to ask why isnt my chutney creamy like urs and only then I realised roasted gram dal is a part of the ingredient list :P haha

And I should admit it took more time for making idli, sambar and arranging for the click than the time taken to make coconut chutney :) yes it is that simple and quick to make.

Coconut Chutney Recipe

Coconut Chutney Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Coconut(grated) - heaped 1/2 cup
Roasted gram dal(Potukadalai) - 2 tsp
Green Chillies - 1 small
Water - as required
Salt - 1/8 tsp(adjust)

To temper:

Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Split urad dal - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - around 8 to 10


  1. Take grated coconut(dont scrap the brown part) along with roasted gram dal, green chillies with required water and grind it to a smooth paste. Add water later so that you can adjust. Make it loose or thick as per your preference.
    How to make coconut chutney - Step1
  2. Heat oil and add the items under 'to temper' and allow them to crackle. Transfer it the chutney, add required salt and mix well.
    How to make coconut chutney - Step2
The color difference of the chutney is due to the lighting in the kitchen.
Thengai Chutney

My Notes:

  • You can have so many variations..while tempering add 1 red chillies.
  • While grinding you can add garlic / ginger to have the flavoured coconut chutney
  • Tamarind is also a nice variation.You can also fresh coriander leaves.
  • I wanted my chutney white like in hotels so added less gram dal, you can adjust it according to your liking too. If you are not worried about the color and flavour then add 3-4 tsp of roasted gram dal in total.
  • You can have many variations like adding tamarind,garlic,onion, tomato, red chillies etc.
Thengai Chutney Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Nothing like this versatile coconut chutney to go with all south Indian delicacies..Looks good!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

    1. I tried making coconut chutney by adding some roasted sunflower seeds and peanuts. Also added some dried roasted red chilly peppers while grinding. But all thanks to Sharmilee J for beautiful pics. and all the steps of making chutney explained so nicely.

  2. Thank your for this nice post. Pic's are wonderful.

  3. Delicious and mouthwatering coconut chutney. Wonderfully prepared.

  4. Love coconut chutney with Ginger, looks delicious.

  5. very flavorful chutney... ur platter reminds me hotel anna poorna platter:)...

  6. I love this chutney.. The snaps are amazing.

  7. i add chopped pearl onions too while tempering.. it tastes v good.. btw lovely clicks.. :)

  8. i love idlis with coconut chutney....soooooooo tasty :)

  9. Love to have a dip In yummy coconut chutney. Delicious.

  10. This sounds like an interesting chutney!

  11. I used to grind few stands of curry leaves with this chutney all the time since consuming curry leaves is good for health and we dont do it in other dishes :)

  12. Great Great Great recipes in your blog love it :).............


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