Thursday, 29 September 2011

THENGA CHAMMANTHI - Simple Coconut chutney for Idly/Dosa : First Blog Award

I'm so used to Tamil Nadu style of eating idly and dosa with a mix of chutney and sambar. I like a combination of thick coconut chutney  and a thin sambar with those 'malligai povu idlis' and the crispy 'nei roast'. 

When this cannot be a regular affair I like to have the Kerala style simple thenga chammanthi, which goes very well with idly and dosa. 


1 cup ----- COCONUT  (grated or diced)
1 ----- DRY RED CHILLY                       
3 to 4 ----- SHALLOTS
1/4tsp ----- MUSTARD SEEDS
1 spring ----- CURRY LEAVES
(Optional - a small bit of tamarind. I don't use it)


Grind together coconut, red chilly powder, salt, 2-3 curry leaves, and shallots (spare one and add the rest)

Make a fine smooth paste by adding enough water

Seasoning - heat oil in a pan add mustard seeds, dry red chilly, curry leaves and a finely cut shallot

Roast until they turn dark brown. Now add the ground coconut mixture along with a cup or more water. Check for salt and adjust

Simmer it for a few minutes but let it not boil. Remove from flame and serve.


The consistency of the chammanthi can be adjusted to one's taste and liking

If there is any leftover put it in fridge, use it later after a quick heating. The taste remains the same

Adding raw red chilly powder  may sound weird, but tastes awesome! 

Liebster Blog Award:

I received my first ever blog award from my blogger friend Shabs of  Yum & Delish  on her 100th post

The Liebster blog award is a recognition for adding visibility to worthy blogs. I thank you Shabs for remembering me for this recognition. As it was my first award here I asked Shabs for more details and she was kind enough to write back to me :-) 

The word ‘ Liebster “ is a German word, that essentially means ‘ dear ‘ and is derived from the verb ‘ lieber ‘ which means “ to love “.

Upon receipt of the Liebster Award, there are a very simple rules:

1. Thank the giver who gave the award and link back to his / her blog.
2. Choose 5 blogs whom you would like to give this award and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Hope that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers as well.
5. Thank all who read your blog and wish to follow you and of course - have fun!

I would love to share this award with the following blogger friends of mine. Please do check out their beautiful  blog page.

Julie of Erivum puliyum


  1. Chutney looks spicy and yum... I love the presentation. Dosa is the perfect partner for this chutney.... and it looks super crispy..:)
    Brings out the craving right now..

  2. Dosa looks so crunchy and nice presentation too.

  3. This is one of my favorite combo luks yummy..

  4. Yummy chutney dear.. Always my favourite with dosas..
    Thanx for the follow n your lovely comments ..
    Glad to follow you too..

  5. Thankyou Reva,Radhika,Nalini and Julie....

  6. Liked your chutney recipe and that dosa looks so crispy ...yum ...

  7. Wow, i love onion in chutney and I love your dosa, its smooth and crisp just like we get in restaurants

  8. Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

  9. Looks total restuarant stye ~ crisp, yummy n absolutely mouthwatering!

  10. Happy Birthday Rajini. U have a lovely blog..This is my dads fav chamandi.. we add a small bit of ginger too...i am drooling here and wish could have some right now..

  11. Wishing you a very happy birthday...came here through Jayashree's have a lovely space...this chammanthi reminds me of my hostel days in Ernakulam....I like the Kerala Style Chammanthi

  12. First time here and coming from Jeyashri's blog. This dosai & chammanthi look awesome, you have a nice space here.

  13. Chammanthi is really superb. With dosa it looks delicious.


  14. @ Priti, Raji, Kalyan, Aipi and Kirthi - Thankyou friends for the beautiful comments.
    @ Suhaina, Kaveri, 'Sensible Vegetarian' for the comments and taking time to wish me thru jeyashri's blog. You all made my day.....! Thanks again.

  15. delicious looking combination
    lovely site following you on google friends
    nice to meet you regards Akheela

  16. Ooooh , this is my fav chutney , my mom makes it all the time :)

  17. Nice n perfect looking chutney.

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  19. First time here dear - Wonderful blog and mouth-watering chutney :) following you :)
    Do stop by mine and follow too :)

  20. Looks so yummy :)


  21. Hey Rajdeep , I would like to share the liebster award with you .

  22. Congrats on your award and wishing you many more..
    Thanx dear.. for the lovely award and for leaving your sweet comments!!

  23. Thanks for this award! This dish is really looking like a proffessional one!

  24. Thank you for sharing the award with me dear!