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coconut chutney for rice kerala recipe

Ginger Coconut Chutney For Rice, Dosa, Idli, How To Make Kerala Style Dry Coconut Chutney

South Indian Kerala style dry coconut chutney made using coconut and few other ingredients including ginger, makes a very simple, delicious, healthy side dish with rice, dosa and idli.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword coconut chutney for rice, dry coconut chutney for dosa, dry coconut chutney for idli, dry coconut chutney kerala, dry coconut chutney recipe, ginger coconut chutney recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 205kcal


  • 1 cup Grated coconut
  • 2 tablespoons Ginger peeled and chopped
  • salt as required
  • 4 shallots or pearl onions
  • 2 curry leaves optional
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • 2 dry red chilies or green chilies based on your preference
  • ¼ cup water or as required to make the perfect texture for making ball with hands
  • 1 teaspoon tamarind pulp or paste usually we take in size of a small lemon, but we are already adding salt so we need this very little. If you want a strong sour tamarind flavor, you may add more


  • Peel the shallots or pearl onions.
  • Take all the ingredients other than water in a bowl and transfer this to the food processor.
  • Add very little water to the ingredients and dry grind the ingredients well.
  • Add the remaining water too, and grind again until you get a smooth but coarse grind coconut chutney. As I already mentioned above, the right texture of this chutney is that you should be able to make balls out of it using your hands.
  • In case the chutney is too dry to make balls, you may add more water little by little and slightly grind again so you get the right texture of the dry coconut chutney. Serve your spicy, yummy dry ginger coconut chutney with rice or idli or dosa as you wish.


If you are serving with rice or kanji (rice soup), the traditional way is to make a small ball of coconut chutney from the prepared chutney and serve this with the rice as a single ball of chutney makes 1 serving of coconut chutney for rice. But this is not mandatory, you can also easily serve this coconut chutney for rice using a spoon as usual.


Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 296mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 44.6mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1.3mg