Red Coconut chutney

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Home-made Chutneys (dips) are not only delicious but also long-lasting. You can customize them according to your taste palettes and devour them without any concern. Red Coconut dip is a South-Indian dip popular in most of the Indian eateries for its vibrant reddish-orange color and unique flavor.

I first tasted it when I was too young about 8 or 9 years old in “Saviraj” restaurant in Andheri , Mumbai. But tried my hands on it only after marriage. For my daughter, this chutney is “Shahi Paneer“. :D.

This chutney serves as an accompaniment with Dosa, Idli, Uttappam etc. Here is a basic recipe adapted from Veg Recipes of India…

For grinding:
1. Fresh grated coconut or dessicated coconut (dry coconut powder) – 1 cup
2. Roasted onions/pearl onions/shallots (pyaz) – 2 tbsp
3. Whole red chillies (sabut lal mirch) – 4 to 5 or as per taste
4. Ginger (adrak) – 1/2 inch
5. Salt – 1 tsp or to taste
6. Tomatoes raw or roasted – 2 tbsp
7. Water – 2 tbsp or as needed
8. Chaat masala/ Dry mango powder(amchur) – 1 tsp (optional)

For tempering:
1. Cooking oil – 1 tsp
2. Mustard seeds (rai) – 1 tsp
3. Curry leaves (kadi patta) – 8 to 10
4. Roasted onions(pyaz)/shallots/pearl onions – 2 tbsp
5. Yellow split chickpeas (chana dal) – 1/2 tsp
6. Split black gram (Urad dal) – 1/2 tsp
7. Asafoetida (hing) – 1/2 tsp

| Preparation time : 10 mins | Cooking time : 3 mins | Makes 1 and 1/2 cups of dip |

1. We start with dry roasting the ingredients first. Roast the chana dal (daliya) in a wok (kadhai) till it changes color slightly.

daliya dal

daliya dal

roasted dal

2. Then roast the black Urad dal and keep aside. Keep stirring all the time. Black Urad Roasted urad

3. Here, you can take a step further and add oil in the wok. Roast the chopped onions and tomatoes till they are mushy and the onions turn pink. This will not only give a unique red color to the dip , but will also taste better than adding them in raw form. (I forgot to roast the tomatoes , however. 😉 )

Roasting onions

Onions both for tempering and grinding

4. Now add the fried onions, tomatoes in a blender or food processor. Alongside add the freshly grated coconut, ginger, whole red chillies ,salt and chaat masala. Pulse them in a fine paste , add water as in food proraw tomatoes

1. For this we will heat oil in a wok(kadhai) again. Add the mustard seeds, hing,curry leaves and onions on medium heat.
Add the next ingredient only when mustard seeds start crackling. You may add the chana dal and urad dal in this mixture for roasting , or may dry roast them like I did previously.oil in wok

sizzling mustard seeds

sizzling mustard seeds

hing, curry leaves
Onions and tempering

2. Stir this tempering(tadka) for 3 mins. Then sprinkle it over the dip made from grinding.


Serve this lip-smacking red chutney with Medu vada, Idli or Dosa. Enjoy and share your experience here.
Till then keep cooking.. 🙂

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