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Chammanthi Podi | Coconut Chutney Powder | Thengai Podi

Chammanthi podi is a condiment from Kerala which is prepared from shredded coconut, urad dal (black gram), red chillies and other spices. In olden times, this was made by pounding the ingredients in a traditional stone mortar and pestle. This definitely tastes better than the ones ground in our regular mixer. This is usually served with rice and kanji (porridge) but also goes with idli and dosa.

The ingredients varies from house to house and today I'm sharing the way how we make at home. This is a no-onion no-garlic recipe. This spicy powder comes really handy when you are lazy to cook up a meal. Just mix with rice and add ghee or sesame oil or mix with curd rice - whatever way it's tastes delicious. Even if you can't get fresh grated coconut, you can try this one with dry shredded coconut. You can make this in bulk and store in airtight container for months.


{ Kerala style spicy condiment with coconut, urad dal and spices }
Makes 250 grams


2 cup grated coconut
½ cup whole urad dal / black gram
10-12 dry red chillies
Gooseberry-size tamarind
1 tsp asafoetida / hing / perugayam
2 sprigs curry leaves
Salt to taste


1. In a pan, add the urad dal and dry roast in medium heat until the dal turns golden brown. Transfer to a plate to cool.

2. Add the red chillies and fry till they are crisp. Transfer to the plate.

3. Add the asafoetida, tamarind and curry leaves and fry for few seconds. Transfer to the plate.

4. Add the coconut and fry till the coconut turns light golden brown. Transfer to another plate to cool.

5. Now in a mixie jar, add urad dal, red chillies, asafoetida, tamarind, curry leaves, salt and grind till it is powdered well.

6. Then add coconut and pulse 2-3 times of grind for few seconds to a coarse powder. Once cool, store in an airtight container.

Notes and Tips
  • Adjust red chillies according to your spice preference.
  • You can also add a small piece of jaggery while grinding to add a hint of sweetness.


  1. awesome podi...scrumptious one

  2. beautiful presentation.. Falvourful podi.. yum!

  3. Yet to try this at home, lovely clicks..

  4. ilove coconut podi..amazing click..looks yum

  5. I have never heard of podis towards our side, but surely this would taste so good with some kanji... love the pictures...

  6. never made it myself at is so addictive though....Lovely clicks..

  7. Nice chammanthi podi ,Sona
    We love it with idli

  8. Podi are always handy ..Love this tasty chammanthi podi.

  9. lovely of our family favorite but we don't add urad dal at our place ..will try ur version too :)

  10. Flavourful podi!! lovely click :)

  11. Chammanthi podi looks delicious. Love it with cur rice. Nice pictures.

  12. This is a very handy powder. Nice presentation and looks delicious.

  13. It looks yummy. Super tempting. Love it :)

  14. Coconut podi sounds delicious. Did u see fresh coconut for this?

  15. My favourite... I like it with idli and drizzle of ghee.. Looks yum and beautiful clicks.

  16. Looks yummy.. I like all kinds of podis.

  17. This must taste amazing with all the spices blended together. I love the picture of the mortar and pestle.


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