Red Coconut Chutney for Idli and Dosa

By now, you should know that chammanthi/chutney is one of my fav food items. The number of chammanthi recipes in this site is a testimony to that. But there is a slight difference to this chutney recipe. All the earlier chammanthi/chutney recipes are in katta chammanthi (solid) form which you can have with rice also. But this chammanthi/chutney is specifically for dosa, idli, and the likes.

Here are the step by step pictures…

Grind together coconut, small onion, ginger, chilli powder, salt with 3-4 tbsp to a smooth paste…

Heat oil in a deep pan. Crackle the mustard seeds. Add finely sliced small onion and curry leaves. When onion turns golden brown, add coconut paste. Mix well. Add water. Mix well. Stir continuously until the steam comes through the spatula. Dont let it boil. It will take around 5-6 minutes…

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Red Coconut Chutney for Idli and Dosa

A simple and easy coconut chutney recipe. Learn how to make easy and simple coconut chutney (step by step pictures) for Idli and Dosa.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Kerala
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 -3
Author: Maria Jose

Ingredients

To grind

  • 1 cup Grated coconut (heaped)
  • 4 Small / pearl onion (sliced)
  • 1 tsp Chopped ginger
  • 1.5 tsp Chilli powder
  • 3-4 tbsp Water
  • Salt

For tempering

  • 4 Small / pearl onion (sliced finely)
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • Curry leaves
  • Oil (I used coconut oil)

Instructions

  • Grind together coconut, small onion, ginger, chilli powder, salt with 3-4 tbsp water, to a smooth paste.
  • Heat oil in a deep pan. Crackle the mustard seeds. Add finely sliced small onion and curry leaves. When onion turns golden brown, add coconut paste. Mix well. Add 3/4 – 1 cup of water. Mix well. Stir continuously until the steam comes through the spatula. Dont let it boil. It will take around 5-6 minutes.

Notes

Make sure the coconut is at room tmeperature to get the right texture for the chammanthi. If using refrigerated coconut, microwave for a few seconds and then grind it. Make sure you dont add too much water while grinding. Add water gradually. 
You can also make green colour chutney using the same recipe. Instead of chilli powder, add 2-3 green chilli and follow the same recipe. The consistency of this chutney is medium thick. Adjust the qty of water to suit your consistency requirements. Make sure you cook the chutney on low flame and stir continuously, otherwise it will curdle/split.
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  • Hi Neena,

    Thanks a lot dear :) Btw, about veg recipes for Navarathri… since we dont celebrate Navarathri, I dont have any recipes specifically for that. But I’ve posted veg recipes in the past. Please do check that out.. Hope you find something interesting!

    Cheers
    Maria

  • This is a favorite at our place. We lightly fry the coconut till it just starts to change colour before grinding it. Yummy! :)

    • Thank you Prema! I’m thrilled to know your little girls liked the chutney. Please do convey my special thanks and a big hi to them.

      Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi maria…. Chutney was superb… I had tried some other recipes like fried rice, fish fry, okra curry, olan, aviyal and lot more…. All came well and was simply superb….. Thanks maria :) your recipes are helping me a lot….. They are very simple to make and very tasty toooooo…..
    Regards…geethu….. God bless you dear….
    Once again thanks a lot….. :)

  • Hi maria…. Chutney was superb… I had tried some other recipes like fried rice, fish fry, okra curry, olan, aviyal and lot more…. All came well and was simply superb….. Thanks maria :) your recipes are helping me a lot….. They are very simple to make and very tasty toooooo…..
    Regards…geethu….. God bless you dear….
    Once again thanks a lot….. :)

    • Hi Geethu,

      Thank you so much for your lovely feedback :) It’s a pleasure to know that you’ve tried many recipes from this place and liked them too..

      Happy cooking :)

      Cheers
      Maria

    • Hi Geethu,

      Thank you so much for your lovely feedback :) It’s a pleasure to know that you’ve tried many recipes from this place and liked them too..

      Happy cooking :)

      Cheers
      Maria

    • Hi Geethu,

      Thank you so much for your lovely feedback :) It’s a pleasure to know that you’ve tried many recipes from this place and liked them too..

      Happy cooking :)

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hi Maria! I tried your recipe of coconut chutney which was very easy to cook n everybody liked it. Looking forward for more recipe.

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