The coconut chutney is a popular South Indian accompaniment to breakfast dishes viz. Idli, Dosa and their many varieties. Also known as idli chutney, dosa chutney, or thengai (Coconut, in Tamil) chutney. It is one of the most sought after accompaniments to Idli, Dosa, and Medu Vada. This recipe is also one of the easiest to prepare if you get the proportions of the ingredients right. The best part: it doesn’t take more than five minutes to make Coconut Chutney – provided of course, you have all the ingredients available! I am a, huge fan of my mother – Amma’s cooking, and a foodie at heart. So, I had to learn to cook everything from scratch. The mighty coconut chutney is a part of most of them if not all. Amma always used to take extra care while making the chutney as she believed that a stellar chutney can make all the difference to your eating experience.

The Coconut Chutney Recipe

This coconut chutney recipe is very simple. I have just used the basic ingredients for this one. Though I highly recommend using freshly grated coconut, but in case its unavailable, frozen grated coconut will also suffice.

Variations of Coconut Chutney

This recipe is super simple but here are few things you can add to this chutney recipe Cilantro or Mint– When you add mint or cilantro (Coriander leaves) to this basic chutney recipe, it makes the chutney green and adds an amazing flavor to it.
green coconut chutney with mint and cilantro

Dried Red Chilies– gives this chutney a beautiful red color and adds a bit of heat to this chutney.
red coconut chutney with dry red chilies

Peanuts – If you want to add a bit of extra texture to this chutney, I recommend you add peanuts- if you like them, of course. Sesame seeds – to give the chutney a nutty flavor you can add sesame seeds just like peanuts
coconut chutney with peanuts and sesame seeds
You can also add onions, cumin seeds (Jeera), Chana Dal (Split Bengal Gram), and even tomatoes to the chutney for a unique taste.

Best Paired With

Although the coconut chutney is one such accompaniment that goes well with most dishes in the south Indian palette, but it has the best pairing with the following: It’s all about personal liking. The recipe below is like a basic recipe. You can change it as per your taste and liking, like described above.

Coconut Chutney Recipe

Coconut Chutney

Traditional South-Indian Coconut Chutney is the perfect accompaniment to idli, dosa & vadas. Easy to make at home and you can customize it to your liking.

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine south Indian
Servings 4


  • 2 tbsp Roasted Chana Dal
  • 5 tbsp Desiccated Coconut
  • 3 Medium Green chilies
  • 1 tsp Sugar (optional)
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Urad dal
  • Few Curry Leaves
  • 2 Red Chilies
  • 12 cup Lukewarm Water


  • Add all the ingredients to the blender. Add
    only a little water in the beginning. Let the mixture blend well. Once the
    mixture is powdered well, add more water for the consistency. While grinding, don’t add too much water, as it can become watery without you knowing it.
  • Remove the mixture from the blender into a
    clean bowl. Add water to adjust consistency. Coconut Chutney can become spoiled
    very soon if you touch the chutney with your bare hands.
  • Add salt only after you are happy with the
    final consistency.
  • For tempering, heat cooking oil in a kadhai. Add the mustard
    seeds and allow them to crackle. Now add the Urad Dal, red chilies. Roast for a bit on low flame. Add the red chilies and the curry leaves just before you turn off the flame.
  • Add the tempering to the coconut chutney
    and mix well.
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