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Monday, June 10, 2013

Thengai Podi-Chammanthi Podi Recipe-Roasted Coconut Chutney Powder

Thengai podi or chammanthi podi is a very tasty podi prepared with roasted coconut. It goes best with hot rice topped with a tsp of ghee. My mother prepares thengai podi in the same manner without shallots and ginger and adds more of dal which I will share with you later. Today we will learn how to make Kerala style Chammanthi podi  following this easy recipe. 

Chammanthi Podi-thengai podi

Chammanthi Podi (Kerala style)

Chammanthi Podi (Kerala style)

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 30 mins 
 Serves: 4-5
 Recipe CategoryPodi-Coconut
 Recipe CuisineKerala

   Ingredients needed

   Coconut - 1 1/3 cup grated coconut
   Curry leaves - washed and dried - 1/3 cup
   Ginger - 1 inch piece chopped
   Pearl onions/Shallots - 4 peeled and chopped

   Oil - 1/4 tsp
   Red chillies - 4
   Urad dal - 1 tsp
   Whole black pepper - 1/2 tsp
   Tamarind - a small piece
   Salt as needed


Grate coconut and keep it ready.

Curry leaves should be dried well after washing it.

how to prepare chammanthi podi


Heat oil, add urad dal, when dal changes color slightly, add red chillies, pepper, tamarind, salt and saute for a few seconds and switch off the flame.

Now dry roast the grated coconut, ginger, curry leaves and shallots in a pan without adding oil. Keep it on low flame and roast stirring continuously until the coconut changes to golden brown color.(see pic above) Take care not to burn the coconut. This took nearly 25 minutes for me on low flame. Once roasted switch off and allow it to cool.

Grind the red chilli + tamarind mix first to a fine powder. Then add coconut mix and dry grind it just for a few seconds.

Once cooled, store it in an air tight container. This podi can also be had as a side dish for idli dosa.

Note -You can use desiccated coconut also.

Storage and Shelf life - Store it in an air tight container or glass bottle. This podi stays good for a month at room temperature if prepared and handled properly. It stays good for a longer period if stored in the refrigerator.

Refer more easy  Podi Recipes 

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  1. lovely podi.. looks great.. nice presentation too!!

  2. Love your clicks & the chutney reminded me of my hostel days. We used to add in chutney powder to all possible things & eat them.

  3. ah padhu...i love this when my ammamma use to prepare this is a big tin during our vacation...

  4. Hi Padhu...a must in every household...thanks for sharing the recipe. Glad to follow you:)

  5. Hi Padhu...
    I must say the recipe is mouth watering and I just love all your dishes,as they are healthy and very easy to make...yummy..and its too good to eat it with hot rice n a lil' ghee on a rai ny day..mmmmmm i just cant wait to make it!All the best!

  6. So interesting this coconut chutney powder, I never had anything like this...looks very tasty.
    Hope you are having a great week Padhu :D

  7. good podi for rice . I would avoid shallots because it will dominate

  8. Looks so spicy & yum.. Awesome post Padhu :)

  9. Hi

    Adding shallot and ginger will change the taste of chammandhi Podi. Instead, add fried KAYAM which will enhance the taste of coconut as also coriander leaf.


  10. Your recipes are simple and comes handy. tried few and have come good. Keep posting more. God Bless

  11. hi padhu your receipes are all awesome and iam trying it one by one very nice I cannot say u thank u in one word it goes on...........keep on posting new


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