Coconut Chutney
Whenever I think of Coconut chutney, I think of my grandmother. She suffers from high diabetes and hence has to abstain coconut from her diet. But she is so in love with coconut, that show her, say something like coconut chutney, she turns into an adorable child insisting on being served with it immediately. With her in my thoughts I present you this family favorite and although the recipe can vary from house to house, the variations are quite mild and almost follow the same ingredients. I usually don't go for measurements and just eye ball it. But then the recipe is more or less the same as listed below.
  • Cook time:
  • Prep time:
  • Yields: Around 2-3 cups of chutney
  • 1 cup coconut, grated
  • 1 cup roasted gram (dalia/pottu kadalai - available in Indian stores)
  • 2-3 green chillies (or as per taste)
  • 1/2 cup curd
  • salt to taste
  • To Temper
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp split black gram dal (urad dal)
  • 1-2 dried red chillies (as per taste)
  • few springs of curry leaves (Available in Indian stores)
  • a pinch of asafoetida

Soak the roasted gram in water for at least 20 min.


Add all the Ingredients other than the ones mentioned in the Tempering section in a blender and blend them till smooth.


In case if its too thick, add more buttermilk till its neither too thick nor too watery.


Now in a tsp of oil, temper the ingredients given in the To temper section till the mustard seeds start popping.

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3 Member Reviews

By Sunita on Mar 12, 2012

i made this i coulndt get roasted chana so substituted with a handful of kabuli chana soaked overnight and boiled and minced with coconut, it tasted fabulous thanks for the recipe

By Sandhani on Jan 6, 2012

Awesome taste\"smiley\"

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By Tejal Parikh on Apr 14, 2014

Thanks.Why roasted dalia in water? 8-O

By sachhidanand on Mar 9, 2014

nice niciepe with having the injoy dosa idly vada

By bhavna on Mar 4, 2014

Ye i Tried. Its awesome :)

By shweta on Feb 17, 2014

i'll try it

By Sonia on Jan 25, 2014

Simple n easy recipes Thanku

By anand singh on Dec 28, 2013


By Amanullah on Oct 20, 2013

mmm, add an inch of ginger, a few peices of raw mango without skin and a small scallion to the grind. Tempering should be with light coconut oil and add a few fine juliens of ginger when switching off the flame. While serving top up with a pinch of roasted cumin powder.

By Priya on Sep 6, 2013


By Shriya on Sep 2, 2013

its good but i prefer with some modification. instead of raw grated coconut, i roast the grated coconut in a pan for sometime(1-2min) by doing this is can be preserved for long time and i like the flavor of that. in temper along with mustard seed i put saunf it gives a nice smell. but didn't put hing to that.

By Joyce on Jul 1, 2013

Is the curd buttermilk? Thank you

By tanveersingh on Jun 29, 2013

very nice recepy balle-balle :roll: :roll:

By Priya on May 27, 2013

Hi, Can u pls clarify whether it is ok to use dessicated (dry grated) coconut instead of fresh coconut??

By Mike Ramchandani on May 11, 2013

:lol: Excellent recipe thank you so much

By Zaib on Dec 21, 2012

I really like your recipe! Keep posting more vegetarian dishes. Thanks

By sunita on Mar 9, 2012

hi dk can you pls clarify is this kabuli chana (roasted gram)or chana dal or something else as i would like to make this today

I have specified it what it is near the ingredient itself. Its roasted gram/dalia. I think it is also called as bhuna chana - see image here

By Pradeep on Apr 7, 2010

Add butter milk, curd and soking kadalai all these are new to me I've to try today!!

By Palak on Nov 2, 2009

Thank you for sharing this recipe. I am thinking of my family in India and how we all ate together on one table.. Thank you again for bringing back the memories.

By Nupur on Apr 17, 2009

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I tried it last week when I wanted chutney for dosa but had no fresh herbs in hand. This was delicious! I only needed about half of the amount of roasted gram specified in the recipe.

By Medhaa on Nov 16, 2008

I made this today and we loved it, we normally added lime but using yogurt makes the different I got the authentic taste. Thank u DK

By karuna on Nov 3, 2008

yummy coconut chutney dk. i dont knw why but each time i make it, its just not the way i want it to be. is it coz i use the frozen grated coconut. do i need to use freshly grated coconut? will try it out following this recipe.

By Latha Narasimhan on Nov 3, 2008

Nice idea to start RM#2! All you girls will post something everyday! :D Why don't you think of an idea to wake me up dear! HAHA... Till date no one has been sucessful in making me do things till I decide! So much pidivatham! :D
Good luck to all you girls to complete the marathon sucessfully!

By Vij on Nov 3, 2008

lovely pics! crispy dosa n coconut chutney - my all time fav combo!

By rekhas kitchen on Nov 3, 2008

even i am a big fan of it and hey its a good combo for my adais can you send me the bowl please he heeee

By Divya Kudua on Nov 2, 2008

Coconut chutney is as imporatant as the dosas/idlis..I too,just eye ball the measurements and make a similar chutney,but I omit the pottu kadalai..;-)

By Kalai on Nov 2, 2008

I've never used thayir to make coconut chutney before, but if you say it's good, I'll try it! Looks perfect in color and texture, Dhivi! :)

By Cham on Nov 2, 2008

Check Kamala's link, is not working DK.

By Cham on Nov 2, 2008

Adding curd is totally new for me. I will try next time , who say no no to coconut chutney :)

By Roopa on Nov 2, 2008

DK, the coconut chutney is my all time favorite, I have it with all the possible things I eat. Sometimes with rice too:)Recipe Marathon

By Priya on Nov 2, 2008

Soaking roasted gram in water is completely new to me...Beautiful pic..

By Madhu on Nov 2, 2008

Chutney looks very tempting DK, I never add curds while making chutneys, new recipe.

By raaji on Nov 2, 2008

hey i made this today for for bfast with dosa.....i add a garlic pod too.....

By PG on Nov 2, 2008

that looks wonderful! a sweet story and great tips! it is one of my favorites too. Will try to make it with fresh coconut next time, promise! :)

By Divya.M on Nov 2, 2008

wow cocnut chutney looks gr8....ur presentation is awesome.....even i miss my moms chutney...:(

By Bhawana on Nov 2, 2008

Thats great DK :). I have tryied many time to make this coconut chutney but never got the proper tastes and look. U have given step by step pics. I bookmarked next time will refer this. Looking mouthwatering chautney, dosa is missing :)

By aparna on Nov 2, 2008

Looks yummy and simple.

By Siri on Nov 2, 2008

my mom makes the exact same way Dhivs and I am feeling soo hungry now! hehehe..


By Curry Leaf on Nov 2, 2008

Nice and tasty.I ususally don't use roasted gram as it gives me pblms while grinding.Soaking idea I will be using next time.

By PJ on Nov 2, 2008

This is our family fav too!Will try it with curd tomorrow..

By Alka on Nov 2, 2008

Who don't like this wonderful chutney??but yeah it do have many variations,like we use tamarind paste instead of curd...guess i should give this a try to get that authentic taste!

By Medhaa on Nov 2, 2008

I love this chutney, Soaking the dal and adding is new but will try this version soon.

By kamala on Nov 2, 2008

Appa is the same like your grandma..You know Amma doesn't make chutney only when we have bread for Bfast..Appa too has diabetes now..But still eating diluted coconut chutney..Love the bowl Dhivi

By Happy cook on Nov 2, 2008

I love chutney like this, especially with dosa and sambar. Just the thought about it mmake me drool.

By Srivalli on Nov 2, 2008

wow..I can understand the sentiments!..its our favorite too!

By lakshmi on Nov 2, 2008

that pic reminds me of thachi mummum - :D - you know the kind where as kids we'd all sit in a circle and some maami would distribute morsel by morsel out of a large vessel while telling stories

By Arundathi on Nov 2, 2008

that's a great photo!