Coconut Tamarind Chutney

The daughter’s school begins tomorrow and I am the nervous wreck. The husband finds it hilarious that she has to face a new environment and people and I am the one stressing. But I guess it goes with the territory. I always thought that the storage in my previous apartment was less but now I realise how much cupboard space I had and I am absolutely struggling to fit everything I have into the available space. So the house is a certifiable mess and looks like it will be like that for the foreseeable future. That would have been ok if not for the fact that my parents are visiting us this weekend and I need to get the guest room functioning and the house to resemble a house and not a rundown godown. Pray for me.

Since today is a holiday I made some Upma and chutney for breakfast. This chutney is my lifesaver because I always run out of green chillies when the husband asks for a coconut chutney. This one uses dried red chillies which are always stocked in bulk with tamarind and ginger making it absolutely lip smacking. I like this one so much that I try and make it instead of the regular green chilly and coconut one as many times as I can.

Makes one small cup


1/4 cup Grated coconut

2-3 Dried red chillies

1 small piece tamarind

1″ Ginger, chopped




  • Add all the ingredients to a blender jar
  • Blend with water to form a coarse paste
  • If you don’t have tamarind, use 1/4 tsp tamarind paste
  • Serve with idli, dosa, Pongal, Upma, etc.
  • Enjoy!


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  1. Looks so good .. a great accompaniment with upma and dosas especially.. love the flavours.. hope by now you are able to settle down the hose and welcome your parents!!

  2. I would have never thought of combining coconut and tamarind together in a chutney. I am intrigued as to how it will taste. Would love to try.

  3. It sure is a task to settle down and clear up that mess – hope you are done with it and enjoying your parents .
    That chutney sounds delicious , I make a similar one using some curry leaves too and it’s a hit !

  4. I am sure you will be able to clear up the room before your parents arrive.Hope the lil one had a nice time in school today. And I always [well, most of the times] make chutney with red chilies ! My husband likes it better that the one with green chili. I make a slightly watery version of the chutney though.

  5. The tamarind and coconut flavors with the ginger must taste great. Nice one. Must try it. Enjoy your time with your parents.

  6. Hopefully you are settled now.
    I love coconut to the core but usually stay away from chutneys since my husband dislikes it. 🙁 This chutney sounds yummy to me.

  7. My mom makes this chutney for pongal and it is so yummy. I was so nervous last week when School started for my daughter and my husband was making fun of me

  8. Well it goes without saying that when school begins, we get more stressed that the kids! Hope your kid is coping well in the new place. This chutney is something we make very often too when we need a variety!

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