Monday, March 16, 2009

Red Chili-Coconut Chutney

Chutneys can be made in a hundred ways, seriously! A little variation of ingredients, some additions, some replacements, a total set of new ingredients, grind it coarse, grind it smooth, use green chilies, use red chilies....... the options are many. And each preparation gives a totally new variant, a fresher taste. And knowing which chutney goes well with what dish is an important thing too, as the taste of either depends on the other most of the times. A very good dish served with a wrong combination of chutney can make the whole meal bad. Similarly a good chutney that goes well with a dish will definitely enhance the taste of the dish.

Here’s a simple chutney that tastes very good with dosas – especially Neer dose. And it also makes the already superb dosa taste still better!! It tastes very good with rice too.
Red Chili-Coconut chutney

Preparation time : 10 min
Cooking time : 5 min
Serves : 4

Coconut - 1 cup, grated
Dry red chilies - 5-6, depending on taste
Asafoetida - a big pinch
Cooking oil - 1 Tsp
Fried gram dal - 2 Tsp
Jaggery - a small pinch (optional)
Tamarind - a small marble sized ball
Salt - ½ Tsp or as per taste
For tempering / tadka:
Cooking oil - 1 Tsp
Curry leaves - A few strands
Mustard seeds - 1 Tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch, powdered

• Roast red chilies and asafetida in a tsp of oil, till the chilies become crisp
• Grind the above with all other ingredients, adding a little water if needed
• Transfer the ground chutney to a serving bowl
For tempering / tadka:
• Heat the oil in a pan, add mustard and allow to splutter
• Add asafetida and curry leaves
• Garnish the chutney with tadka

Tips n Tricks:
• Do not make the chutney too smooth – a little coarse consistency will give a better taste

• A small onion can be roasted and ground together with chutney


  1. one of my fav chutney to have with crisp uddina dosa :)

  2. fried gram dal andre yaava bele?

  3. Preeti,
    Fried gram dal andre "Hurigadale" or what we used to call "kadale pappu" as kids...
    Thanks! Will add it in glossary :)

  4. only chutney.. oh dosa is on the top .. fine yummy

  5. All these recipes took me back to my good old days! Thanks.


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