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Kothamalli Thogayal | Coriander Thogayal

Thogayals are an excellent accompaniment for rice and comes handy on busy days or when you are lazy to make an elaborate lunch. Thogayals can be made with just coconut, or with vegetables and herbs. It goes well with plain rice as well as with a simple rasam. 

This thogayal is made with fresh coriander leaves and is spicy, tangy and flavorful. It pairs well with rasam, molagootal and also with other South Indian kuzhambu (gravies). I love to have it with some plain rice drizzled with ghee or gingelly oil. Kothamalli thogayal and curd rice make a great combo too! Its great way to finish off coriander leaves that need to be used up soon. This thogayal stays fresh for 3-4 days refrigerated in an airtight container.


{ Spicy dry chutney with coriander leaves, coconut, shallots, tamarind }
Serves 2


1 cup tightly packed coriander leaves
2-3 small onion / shallots
1 clove garlic
½  tsp tamarind paste / marble sized tamarind
3 tbsp grated coconut
2 tsp gingelly oil
1 tbsp urad dal / ulatham paruppu
2 tsp chana dal / kadalai paruppu
3-4 dry red chillies
1/8 tsp asafoetida / hing
Salt to taste


1. Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan. Add urad dal, chana dal, red chillies and asafoetida. Fry till the dals turn golden. Set aside.

2. In same pan, add remaining 1 tsp oil. Add small onions, garlic and fry for 2-3 minutes. Then add coconut, tamarind and fry for 1-2 minutes.

3. Lastly add the coriander leaves and saute for 30 seconds. Remove from heat.

4. Allow it to cool. Grind them along with dals, chillies and salt to a coarse paste, adding little water if necessary.

Notes and Tips
  • You can use coconut oil or any other cooking oil instead of gingelly oil.
  • You can also use the tender stems of the coriander leaves for the thogayal. Roughly chop them up before adding.
  • The thogayal is on the spicier side, so reduce chillies according to your spice level.


  1. love this flavourful thogayal. Nice clicks..

  2. really enjoying your simple posts as they are so inviting, the clicks are very attractive, that one must visit your blog...great going.

  3. Yummy thogayal and lovely clicks

  4. Delicious Thogayal...Lovely clicks

  5. Addition of onion is new in thogayal. it must add falvour and taste.

  6. Tasty and delicious....... Love it!!

  7. Love this thogayal,we always do with asafoetida,onion should be adding new dimension

  8. Very healthy green thovaiyal!! loaded with flavors!! love it!!

  9. Flavorful and delicious thogayal...yummy dear :)

  10. wow!!! wow!! awesome pictures dear!! luk so yumm and delicious!

  11. I can survive for many days with this flavourful, healthy thogayal..

  12. Nice and flavorful thogayal...

  13. Love those clicks Sona. They are perfect :) The thogayal too sounds like a must try.

  14. perfectly made thogayal.. goes so well with steamed rice.. love it

  15. Nice thogayal.perfectly made.....


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