red coconut chutney (kerala style)

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Red coconut chutney recipe with step by step pics – a bright red colored Kerala style coconut chutney for idli, dosa and uttapam.

red coconut chutney, red coconut chutney kerala style

This is quick to prepare chutney (if you have grated coconut already). The red chilies add some heat and smoky flavor to the chutney. Pearl onions also add their flavor and taste to the chutney.

I have already posted another version – Red chilli coconut chutney. two more popular coconut chutney recipes posted on the blog are Coconut chutney and Hotel style coconut chutney.

Usually we prefer coconut chutney with roasted chana dal and coconut, but at times I make this way too. When I have green chilies, I add green chilies. In the absence of green chilies, I add red chilies. Depending on the kind of red chilies added, the taste may vary in pungency and heat element. So you can add the red chilies accordingly.

This Kerala style chutney makes for a good accompaniment with the South Indian tiffin snacks like rava idli or rava dosa or medu vada or mysore bonda etc.

How to make Kerala Style Red Coconut Chutney

1. in a chutney grinder, take ⅓ cup tightly packed grated coconut, ½ tbsp chopped shallots (or sambar onions/pearl onions), 2 to 3 dry red chilies (halved or broken or chopped & deseeded) and ½ inch chopped ginger. If you want to tone down the raw taste of red chilies, then just roast them lightly in a pan. You can also saute them in a bit of coconut oil. Apart from ginger, you can also add garlic.

ingredients for red coconut chutney recipe

2. add salt as required and ¼ cup + 1 tbsp water. You can also add water as required, depending on your grinder and its speed.

making Kerala style coconut chutney recipe

3. grind to a smooth chutney.

making Kerala style coconut chutney recipe

4. take the chutney in a small steel bowl or pan and keep aside.

Kerala style red coconut chutney recipe

Tempering for red coconut chutney

5. heat 1 tbsp coconut oil in a small pan. In the below pic, this is coconut oil which has solidified due to the winters.

coconut oil for red coconut chutney recipe

6. add ½ tsp mustard seeds and allow them to crackle.

tempering for Kerala style red coconut chutney recipe

7. then add ½ tsp urad dal (husked black gram).

tempering for Kerala style red coconut chutney recipe

8. fry the urad dal till they are a maroonish golden.

tempering for red coconut chutney recipe

9. add 8 to 10 curry leaves and 1 tbsp chopped shallots (or sambar onions/pearl onions).

tempering for red coconut chutney recipe

10. saute till the shallots are light golden.

tempering for red coconut chutney recipe

11. add the tempering mixture along with its oil to the red coconut chutney.

tempering for red coconut chutney recipe

12. stir and mix well.

tempering for red coconut chutney recipe

12 Serve the Kerala style red coconut chutney with oats idli, dosa, medu vada or uttapam.

Kerala style red coconut chutney recipe, red coconut chutney recipe
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red coconut chutney recipe

Red Coconut Chutney

4.92 from 12 votes
Kerala style red coconut chutney for idli and dosa.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins

Cuisine Kerala, South Indian
Course: Side Dish

Servings 2 to 3
Units

Ingredients

for red coconut chutney

  • cup tightly packed grated coconut
  • ½ tablespoon chopped shallots or sambar onions (pearl onions)
  • 2 to 3 dry red chilies - halved or broken or chopped, deseeded
  • ½ inch ginger
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon water for grinding
  • salt as required

for tempering coconut chutney

  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon urad dal (husked black gram)
  • 8 to 10 curry leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped shallots or sambar onions (pearl onions)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Instructions

making red coconut chutney

  • Take 1/3 cup tightly packed grated coconut, 1/2 tbsp chopped shallots or sambar onions/pearl onions, 2 to 3 dry red chilies and 1/2 inch ginger in a chutney grinder. If you want to tone down the raw taste of red chilies, then just roast them lightly in a pan. You can also saute them in a bit of coconut oil. Apart from ginger, you can also add garlic.
  • Add salt and 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp water.
  • Grind to a smooth chutney.
  • Take the coconut chutney in a small steel bowl or pan and keep aside.

making tempering for red coconut chutney

  • Heat 1 tbsp coconut oil in a small pan.
  • Add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds and allow them to crackle.
  • Then add 1/2 tsp urad dal.
  • Fry the urad dal till they are a maroonish golden.
  • Add 8 to 10 curry leaves and 1 tbsp chopped shallots or sambar onions/pearl onions.
  • Saute till the shallots are light golden.
  • Add the tempering mixture along with its oil to the red coconut chutney.
  • Stir and mix well.
  • Serve the kerala style red coconut chutney with idli, dosa, medu vada or uttapam.

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51 Comments

  1. Hi Mam,

    Great tasting recipe! When I made it at home, I used the same amount of red chillies as you mentioned above. But the color of my chutney isn’t as red as yours. Is there a specific kind of red chillies you use to get this beautiful color?

    1. thanks tejaswini. for a deep orange or red color in any recipe, use kashmiri red chillies. they give a nice red color. they are also not hot or pungent. another variety you can use is byadagi red chillies. in this recipe you can use any variety of red chillies and add less or more accordingly. but for an orange color use kashmiri red chillies or byadagi red chillies.

  2. Nice looking beautiful recipe. I did this without the shallots. Great to know that I can use these now. Thank-you.5 stars

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