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Monday, November 21, 2011

Chammanthi Podi / Roasted Coconut Chutney powder(Mom's Recipe)

Chammanthi podi /Roasted coconut chutney powder is a dry version of chutneys famous throughout Kerala.This is a very spicy,tangy, flavorful combination that can be served with plain rice during travel or with kanji (rice porridge). I love this combination with thick yogurt and plain rice.I still remember the days when we used to travel from Kerala to Delhi and back,mom used to carry the small packet of this podi.The first day of meal  will be served in wilted plantain leaves with freshly ground coconut chutney,parboiled rice,stir fry and so on..As on the second day the fresh food(esp summer) doesn't remain and so comes my mom's cherished packet of chammanthi podi to be served with lemon rice / tamarind rice.We always loved long train journeys just for the sake of dining every year.The taste still brings back memories :-)

This post is staying in my drafts for months now.When I visited Kerala couple of months back,I bought with me a packet of my mother's home made chamanthi podi and only now did I remember to take a picture of it when the majority part had finished.The full credit of this recipe goes to my mom and I just kept the recipe for my future use.Thus,thought to share with you all.

Please check out, Unakka Chemmeen Chammanthi Podi too.

coconut 1 grated (2.5 cups)
shallots 4-5
ginger 1" shredded
fenugreek 1/4 tsp
pepper corns 5
coriander seeds 1tsp
red dried chilly 10
tamarind 1 lemon size (or as required)
salt as necessary
curry leaves


  • Warm up the red dried chilly and coriander seeds,fenugreek ,peppercorns and keep aside.
  • Roast the coconut without oil and dry the water contents roast till golden brown.(refer this for correct color)

  • Add in the shallots and the rest of the ingredients except tamarind and salt.Warm up the rest .
  • Add the spices first in the grinder or the mortar and pestle.grind it fine.(Donot add any water)
  • Add the coconut and rest of the ingredients with salt.Grind again.
  • Finally add the pitted tamarind and grind again.
  • Chamanthi podi is ready to serve with plain rice and thick yogurt !!

* The grinding in mortar and pestle is more tastier than the blender one.My mom prefers that and in a blender the coconut starts leaving oil when you grind and  it sticks to the blades.
*This podi/ powder can be stored in ziplock bags in refrigerator for months.
* This powder can be used for packing lunch box for kids.
* Also this powder when mixed with a tsp of coconut oil ,can be used to serve with idlis/ dosas .
* I usually make large batches of 4-6 coconuts and so the making shows such a pic,I have listed the ingredients for a very small batch.Double or triple the quantity and you can make larger batches.

Sending this to The Kerala kitchen event hosted by Fajeeda @ Faji's Hot Pot 


Faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

perfectly u said it brings back old memmories........

Simplyfood said... Best Blogger Tips

Spice mixture looks spicy and really tasty.

Nalini's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Simple spice powder looks yummy and we do make this but slightly in a different way(w/o shallots).

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Torviewtoronto said... Best Blogger Tips

aromatic podi looks wonderful

Priya dharshini said... Best Blogger Tips

That luks so yum and delicious..

PrathibhaSreejith said... Best Blogger Tips

Julie, I'm sure u brought back the memories of all the readers here, each of them for sure have a kind of same/different memories about the Keralites favorite chammanthi podi. Above all made by your mom by adding a lot of love n care, I'm sure itz the best. Me too love to have with Idli/Dosas.

Deeksha said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice chutney powder. Thanks for sharing your mom's wonderful recipe.

Mélange said... Best Blogger Tips

Chammanthipodi is bit nostalgic dear..I feel too homesick here..Lovely !

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

wow!!I feel the aroma of it...we use roasted coconut powder mixed with spices for our some curries,but we do not store it,just roast before cooking...and we use it always for another curry...this is a new idea to me...
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Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Podi looks perfect and very aromatic..

Treat and Trick said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfect and so tasty!

Kaveri Venkatesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Love chammanthi podi...Your version is quite different from mine..should try yours sometime

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Ramya said... Best Blogger Tips

Ayyooo my favorite:-) Though i never tried making it..Always make sure that i have a bottle from mom in my fridge:-) Makes me soo hungry!!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

we used to buy something like this from Mumbai when I was a kid. this is a keeper!

Priya Suresh said... Best Blogger Tips

Super flavourful podi,love it.

Reva said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfect with curd rice ...super tasty podi..:)

Malar Gandhi said... Best Blogger Tips

perfect with steaming hot rice and ghee.

zareena said... Best Blogger Tips

Adipoli....Love this alot.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Mmm Mmm good! love these podis! Amy is right can smell the yum :)

Chitra said... Best Blogger Tips

hi, first time here, u have a cute space. Will make this chutney soon :)

Vineetha Sush said... Best Blogger Tips

Nostalgic post..bringing back some hostel memories to me too, we survived with chammanthi podi when we couldnt rely on the watery currys :)

Sensible Vegetarian said... Best Blogger Tips

Superb one, looks so spicy and delicious.

Rita said... Best Blogger Tips

I am discoverinf a new universse of tasty treats here; never know what you will teach me next.

Shema George said... Best Blogger Tips

my family loves chammandi podi..will definitely try this one
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Lavanya Selvaraj said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for dropping by at my blog Julie.... You have a wonderful space... following u...

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Puja said... Best Blogger Tips

Mom' recipes ALWAYS rock n this one looks so aromatic n spicy! Thanks for sharing Julie..

Sobha Shyam said... Best Blogger Tips

flavourful and delicious chammanthi podi..

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you all guys..this is really a keeper !!

Sushma Mallya said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely aromatic chutney recipe!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Mom's recipe? Superb. Thanks for sharing this authentic one. Am bookmakring it to try.

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@ Uma: yes dear..straight from my mom's place..very delicious n flavorful!!

Manju @ Manjus Eating Delights said... Best Blogger Tips

I did send u a mail on my post link and details. But it came back saying it was waitlisted.
Have sent it again. DO check.


Raksha said... Best Blogger Tips

superb powder.

Shylaja said... Best Blogger Tips

nice authentic recipe.This is one of my favourite

Gayathri NG said... Best Blogger Tips

Aromatic and spicy podi...

Shanthi Krishnakumar said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks extremely awesome and would love to have it.

cookingvarieties said... Best Blogger Tips

hi julie, would love to try this one day.. never seen or come across this dish before.
sorry julie, i dont have my camera with me, all posts are from my compilation of photos and recipes..and i dont think they are suitable for christmas kind of fodie

Anisha said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this chammathi with thairu and choru... I remember grandma making it for us when we came for vacations and we use to take packets of it home.

Thanks for sharing the recipe... made me nostalgic!

Pushpa said... Best Blogger Tips

Too delicious with a plate of rice.

Mahi said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a new recipe to me! Looks yummm!

JishasKitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

ayyoo ende fav...ethum kurachu aacharum koode undengil oru full plate chooru akathakkam...:)