How to make Kothamalli Thuvayal -

South Indian coriander chutney served with idili, dosa etc.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Fresh Coriander leaves (ताज़ा हरा धनिया), Coconut (नारियल)

Cuisine : Tamil Nadu

Course : Pickles, Jams and Chutneys

Kothamalli Thuvayal

Kothamalli Thuvayal Recipe Card


The highly developed and sensitive palates of the Tamilians are well chronicled in the Sangam classics. They believe that food should ideally cater to all the six tastes - bitter, pungent, sweet, salty, sour and astringent.
Tamil Nadu has a wide variety of delicious food both for the vegetarians as well as the non-vegetarians, though most of it is made of grains, lentils, rice and vegetables. Spices are added to give a distinctive taste. Rice has been the staple diet of the Tamilians, an inculcated habit, due to the large-scale cultivation of the crop in the state.
Chettinad cuisine, a speciality in Tamil Nadu, is famous for its hot and spicy non-vegetarian food.   A part of the Mudaliar community is non-vegetarians and its cuisine is delightfully spicy without being too hot. Wet masalas are generally used, the main ingredients being fresh coconut paste and ground ginger-garlic.

Prep Time : 6-10 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Kothamalli Thuvayal Recipe

  • Fresh Coriander leaves 2 cups

  • Coconut

  • Gingelly oil 2 tablespoons

  • Mustard seeds 3/4 teaspoon

  • Split black gram skinless (dhuli urad dal) 2 teaspoons

  • Whole dry red chillies 6

  • Coconut 1/4 cup

  • Tamarind 1/2 lemon

  • Salt to taste

  • Asafoetida 1/4 teaspoon


Step 1

Clean, wash and drain coriander. Remove roots and stems, if any. Chop it roughly and keep. Heat oil and fry mustard seeds, urad dal and red chillies till golden brown. Add the coconut and tamarind, toss to mix well. Sprinkle salt and asafoetida and mix. Add the fresh coriander, mix and remove from heat. Cool and grind to a light coarse paste with just enough water.

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