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October 10, 2013

South Indian Coconut Chutney Without Chana dal

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Coconut chutney ( thengai chutney in Tamil) is the most popular South Indian Chutney recipes. Today I have shared a basic white coconut chutney recipe without onion and garlic. But  I have used ginger for flavor. I have also given some tips to make the coconut chutney white in color. Hope its useful. Recently I got some mails from my readers to post No onion No garlic recipes. So I sorted those recipes from my recipe index and kept a separate tab ( please click the tab under my blog title) for quick reference..As I have very less number of No onion No Garlic recipes, I thought of sharing some simple and easy dishes for day-to-day cooking during this festival season. Let me start with this simple South Indian coconut chutney recipe which I make almost thrice in a week for idli/dosa. I learnt this from my MIL. Its a very simple thengai chutney recipe and it tastes great with ginger flavor. My mom’s coconut chutney is completely different from this version. She adds small onions while tempering. My father loves that chutney a lot. Soon i’ll share that recipe. Refer the “Notes” section for tips to get white coconut chutney .
Click here if u want to see my hotel style coconut chutney and red chutney recipes.
 Coconut chutney recipe

Coconut chutney recipe

Coconut chutney recipe White coconut chutney recipe - The best side dish for south Indian breakfast recipes.
Cuisine: Indian Category: Side dish Yields: Serves 2-3
Prep Time: 5 Minutes Cook Time: 3 Minutes Total Time: 8 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
To grind
  • Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
  • Green chillies – 3-4 nos (if small add 4,else 2-3 would be enough)
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
  • Tamarind – 1pinch
  • Salt and water – as needed
To temper
  • Cooking oil – 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Red chilli – 1 no (pinched)
  • Curry leaves – few

  • Scrape the white part of coconut and grind it along with chillies,ginger, salt and water to make a smooth paste.Remove and transfer to a serving bowl.
  • In a small tadka pan, temper the above said ingredients and add to the chutney.Mix well and serve with idli,dosa!


Tips for white colored coconut chutney

1. Always use freshly grated coconut.. Do not grate the brown part. More coconut less pottukadalai/Fried gram  is also a must for white chutneys.
2. Add less water for getti (thick )chutney, add the quantity necessary to run your mixie.
3. Indian mixer mate or small jars are a must. American Oster mixer comes with a small jar attachment which also works well.
4. Use small green chillies and always use less green chilies for white color chutney and increase the spiciness by tempering with more red chilies. This answers the question "Why my chutney looks green"?
1. Ready made flakes or desiccated flakes or frozen grated coconut will work but don't except taste and color. Mostly pale white color with oily look.
2. No microwaving for reheating, just thaw to bring back to room temperature. Reheating makes it release more oil and which results in stinky coconut smell.
3. Blender will not work for thick chutney and adding more water will make it thin but consistency will be still coarse.
4.In cold places , coconut leaves oil while grinding chutneys. To avoid this , use hot water or warm water for grinding chutneys. It comes out white & smooth without leaving oil.

For variations,u can saute and add mint leaves or coriander leaves along with little turmeric powder and make super green chutney :)

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AparnaRajeshkumar said...

Coconut chutney is something main item for me ! idly and dosai are side dish ! :D i love this chutney much !

Eat n Eat little More said...

delicious authentic chutney! :)

Aruna Manikandan said...

a gr8 accompaniment with hot idli's :)

Unknown said...

simple and ur clicks makes it appetizing...cute writing on the scoop spoon...

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divyagcp said...

Delicious chutney.. My all time favorite..

Unknown said...

omg fabulous captures :) and coconut chutney looks super yummy dear :) My fav side for idli dosa !!

Unknown said...

So many recipes for this coconut chutney, I usually dont add tamarind to this one.. would like to try it though.. nice pictures

hemalata said...

One of my favourite chutney, looks so yummy.

Unknown said...

my all time fav chutney...looks super good...

Shoba said...

Clicks were amazing

Nithiyas Kitchen said...

Tried during my travelling .Simply superb.Yummy.

Chitra said...

Thanks a lot Nithya Ravi :)

Unknown said...

hi your idea to make idly was nice i got so thank u very much

Unknown said...

thanks for ur tips

Saina Global said...


How to make sure that coconut chutney lasts longer through out the day.I making it in the large quantities for an event, around 300 plates of Idlys?

Chitra said...

Hi coconut chutney stays good maximum for 3 to 4 hours depending on the weather. So its better to refrigerate without seasoning.Never use your hands or touch the chutney. Just an hour before serving take out the chutney, season it and serve.Hope this helps.Thanks

Anonymous said...

Just came across your recipe. Your recipe on the coconut chutney looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!