Red Chilli Chutney with Chana Dal (Tamil Nadu Style)

Red chilli chutney recipe with step by step photos. Here’s A slightly hot version of Tamil Nadu Style Chutney made with red chillies, chana dal, fresh coconut and spices.

This chutney pairs well with idli, dosa, uttapam and medu vada. Also good with starters like pakora, mysore bonda, uttapam.

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red chili coconut chutney recipe

I have kept the chutney mildly spiced and hot by using less red chillies. However for a more spicy taste, you can increase the number of red chillies.

Addition of tamarind also tones down the hotness and makes the chutney slightly sour. If you want a more reddish color in the chutney, then you can add Kashmiri red chillies. They are not so hot and give a good natural red coloring to the food.

This chutney gets the punch when it is tempered. So please temper the chutney. Best to have the chutney immediately or freeze the chutney and consume within 1-2 days. You can also check this similar recipe of Kerala style red coconut chutney.

How to make red chilli chutney with chana dal

1. Measure and keep all the ingredients ready for making chutney.

red coconut chutney recipe

2. In a blender jar, take ½ cup grated coconut (fresh or frozen) and ¼ cup roasted chana dal (roasted bengal gram). You can skip the roasted bengal gram if you don’t have it. If skipping, then add less water while grinding.

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3. Next add 2 to 3 chopped garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon chopped ginger, 1 to 2 dry red chilies (sookhi lal mirch) and 1 teaspoon tamarind (imli). You can increase the number of red chillies for a more spicy taste.

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4. Also add salt as required.

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5. Lastly add water as required. I have added ½ cup water but you can add as per consistency required in the red chilli chutney.

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6. Grind the chutney till smooth.

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7. Take the red chilli chutney in a heatproof bowl.

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Tempering the chutney

8. Keep all the ingredients ready to prepare tempering for the chutney.

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9. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a small pan. Add 1 teaspoon mustard seeds first and let them pop.

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10. Now add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds and fry them.

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11. Add 1 pinch of asafoetida (hing) and 1 sprig curry leaves (kadi patta).

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12. Fry them for a few seconds.

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13. Pour the hot tempering over the chutney.

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14. Mix well and Serve the chutney with snacks like rava idli or masala dosa or rava dosa or oats idli or mysore bonda or uttapam or medu vada.

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Red Chilli Chutney (with Chana Dal)

5 from 4 votes
This Tamil Nadu Style Red Chilli Chutney is made with red chilies, chana dal, fresh coconut and spices. It tastes good with idli or dosa or vada and even snacks like pakora, uttapam, bonda.
red coconut chutney recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:5 mins
Total Time:10 mins
Cuisine:south indian
Servings (change the number to scale):2
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


main ingredients

  • ½ cup grated coconut fresh or frozen
  • ¼ cup roasted chana dal (roasted bengal gram)
  • 1 or 2 dry red chilis
  • 1 teaspoon chopped ginger
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves , chopped
  • 1 teaspoon tamarind
  • salt as required
  • ½ cup water for grinding or as required

for tempering the chutney

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves


  • Take ½ cup grated coconut, ¼ cup roasted chana dal, 1 to 2 dry red chilies, 1 teaspoon chopped ginger, chopped 2 to 3 garlic, 1 teaspoon tamarind, salt in a blender jar.
  • Grind all the ingredients with ½ cup water or as required, till smooth.
  • Take the coconut chutney in a bowl.
  • Heat oil in a small pan.
  • Add the mustard seeds first and let them pop.
  • Now add cumin seeds and fry them.
  • Add the asafoetida and curry leaves.
  • Fry for a few seconds and add to the chutney
  • Mix well and serve the chutney with idli, dosa, uttapam or medu vada.
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Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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19 comments/reviews

  1. Hi
    All your recipes are awesome.. thanks for sharing.. have tried few of them.. In the above chutney you have used roasted gram. I.e, putaani..and not Channa dal. .
    The pics shows putaani.
    Pls clarify..

    • thanks aparna. roasted gram or putaani is roasted chana dal. roasted chana dal is easily available in indian stores.

  2. Hey, this s my go to recipe for chutney, bookmarked! Also i fry onions before adding chutney, makes it even better.5 stars

    • Thanks Binu for your positive feedback on coconut chutney. Good to know this.

  3. All your recipes are perfect and the picture presentation makes it even more easier and interesting!!

    • thankyou so much sneha 🙂

  4. Made it today for breakfast with idli, it was awesome! Thank you so very much 🙂

    • welcome nirupama

  5. I like your recipe so easy and testi.
    5 stars

    • thanks priya

  6. Looks easy and should be delicious….I’m trying it out today itself.
    I love the way u present ur recipe with pictures.

    • thanks maahi

  7. wow fantastic recipe5 stars

  8. Planning to make dosas for the weekend. Have to try this recipe out. Thanks so much for sharing.

  9. i am a hardcore fan of this chutney 🙂 well go with my very own fried rice 🙂 and Dosai !

  10. Love the simplicity of the chutney!!
    Looks easy and yummy.

  11. you can make simple things look amazing Dassana.. not only your recipes and your pictures bt the theme and writing style is so inviting and really interesting.. I am quickly moving towards the top of your fans list 😉

  12. This is making me drool:) Love the vibrant pics too!

  13. Awesome 🙂5 stars