Tuesday 21 May 2019

Red Coconut Chutney | Kerala Style Coconut Chutney with Shallots | Easy Kerala Style Coconut Chutney

An idly or dosa breakfast at my place usually means there will be a red chutney or white chutney to accompany it :) Both are coconut chutneys with the red one made with red chillies and the white one made with green chillies. Very easy to make if there is grated coconut at hand. Usually I grate the coconut the previous night or during weekends and refrigerate (You can even freeze them if you have more quantity) them. Morning first thing I take the grated coconut from fridge and keep outside. And while grinding I use slightly warm water so that it grinds easily without a slimy appearance (frozen grated coconut tends to make the chutney slimy, so better to use freshly grated ones) This makes life easier on busy mornings :) So today I will share how I make the red coconut chutney :) Other chutney recipes on the blog are Onion Tomato Kara ChutneyUlli SammanthiPudina Chutney (without coconut)Pudina Chutney with coconutPudina-Verkadalai Chutney

Serves: 3 persons

I Took: 

Preparation Time: 10 mins

I Used:

Grated Coconut - ½ cup
Red Chilly - 2-3 nos
Ginger (optional) - An inch piece
Shallots/Small Onions - 2-3 nos
Salt - As Needed
Water - As Needed

To Temper:

Coconut Oil - 2 tbsp
Mustard - ½ tsp
Curry Leaves - 2 sprigs

The Way:

1. Take the grated coconut, shallots, red chilly and ginger in a mixer jar along with required salt. Add little water (¼ cup)

2. Grind them nicely to a smooth (as smooth or coarse as you want) consistency

3. In a tadka pan, heat oil. Splutter mustard seeds

4. Then add the curry leaves. Switch off flame

5. Add the tadka to the chutney

Serve with idly, dosa, uthappam, pongal !


  • Use freshly broken & scraped coconut. The taste really differs when you use even a day old (refrigerated) coconut
  • Avoid using old coconut and also kopra
  • Add water according to the consistency of the chutney that you need. I would suggest using less water while grinding. Add more if needed once you grind and transfer the chutney to a container
  • Ginger is optional
  • Adjust the chillies as per your taste. Quantity of ingredients given are guidelines and can be adjusted to suit personal tastes
  • If the chutney becomes too runny, add more grated coconut and grind




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