Kerala Thenga chammanthi recipe / Coconut chutney

thenga chammanthi
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Grated Coconut : ½ cup
Dried red chillies : 5 nos
Green chillies : 1 nos
Shallot onions : 4 sliced
Ginger : 1 tsp, chopped
Tamarind : size of a small lime
Salt : as needed
Coconut Oil : as needed
Curryleaves : 3-5 twigs
Sliced Mangoes : 1 piece (Optional)
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Let me share an easy but tasty exclusive Kerala cuisine – Thenga chammanthi recipe with you. I  am sure that this dish needs no introduction to a Keralite. Its such a popular dish in Kerala. Seeing the photo alone will fill a Keralite’s mouth with enough saliva. This is a nostalgic item for all Keralites.

Though its an easy to prepare dish, with minimum ingredients its really tasty one.  It is very simple dish which anyone could give a try and Its assured that there wont be any failures. Enough about the description, let me tell you how to make it.

Thenga chammanthi recipe

  1. In a pan pour 1 tea spoon coconut oil and lightly warm up the red dry chillies.
  2. Grind the red chillies along with grated coconut, green chillies, shallots, ginger, tamarind (Valanpuli or sambar puli), sliced mangoes and salt. (Add little water, if you are not using the mangoes).
  3. Blend it smooth but slightly coarse.
  4. Transfer it to a serving bowl.
  5. You can serve it with rice, kanji or idli & dosa.


  • For the real Kerala taste use Ammikallu  ( Sorry I don’t know the english name for this 🙁 ) for grinding and Kanthari mulaku (Birds eye chilli) instead of green chillies.
  • You can decorate it with curry leaves and green chillies.

Have you seen other chammanthi recipes?

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  • June 25, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Please mention if mangoes are to be ripe or raw

    • June 30, 2017 at 12:00 am

      Sorry for the confusion caused Alka 🙂 u can use raw mango.

  • August 22, 2016 at 10:19 pm


  • January 31, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Hi, I am here for the first time and I liked your Thenga Chammanthi. I make a different kind of chammanthi for dosa and idly.Please have a look at it at

    • February 1, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      Thank you Rajasree for taking the time to comment here and introducing us to keraladishes. Will definitely try your variant next time 😉

    • August 22, 2016 at 10:20 pm



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