Coconut Chutney

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A classic South Indian side dish for idli and dosa.

Coconut Chutney is one of the most common and most popular chutney varieties in South India. A classic side dish to idli, dosa and pongal, coconut chutney or thengai chutney is an absolute crowd pleaser.

It is a must have in every South Indian kitchen, often as the go-to side dish when it comes to breakfast or dinner.

As with most Indian recipes, this too has its share of regional variations depending on the state and sometimes even with families.

Coconut Chutney

Coconut Chutney

Coconut Chutney
5 from 3 votes

Coconut Chutney

A classic South Indian side dish for idli and dosa.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: South Indian, Tamil, Tamil Nadu
Keyword: chutney, coconut


  • 1/2 cup Fresh Coconut grated
  • 2 tbsp Roasted Bengal Gram
  • 2 Green Chillies finely chopped
  • a small piece Ginger peeled and grated
  • small handful Coriander Leaves chopped
  • a small piece Tamarind without any seeds
  • as per taste Salt

For Tempering:

  • 1/2 tsp Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Urad Dal
  • 1/2 tsp Asafoetida Powder
  • 1 Dry Red Chilli small, halved
  • few Curry Leaves


  • Combine all the ingredients given for making the coconut chutney in a mixer.
  • Grind to a smooth consistency adding 1/4 cup of water (or as required) gradually.
  • Heat oil for tempering in a pan.
  • Add the tempering ingredients and fry till the mustard seeds splutter.
  • Pour this over the coconut chutney.
  • Mix well.
  • Serve with idli or dosa.

Recipe Video


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Dinakar G Pai March 24, 2011 - 10:15 am

coconut chutney

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mona December 26, 2009 - 9:59 pm

mona, fine i dont know to perepare idlly, if i prepare i will get very hard but in my house i have mixi to grind nt the grinder. u please suggest me how to take portion rice and urddal to get fine idli.

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Deepesh January 19, 2011 - 12:33 am

one suggestion for soft idle is to remove whistle of cooker while cooking. It works.

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abdul vahid v November 15, 2009 - 12:59 pm

it is good, but i have to prepare it first. i think it will be a success..thanks for your recipes…

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pardeep July 25, 2009 - 2:05 pm

easy to prepare as well nuricious and tastey


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