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Kerala Chammanthi

Kerala Chammanthi recipes are mostly the spicy side dishes used with dosa, idli, rice etc. There are several types of chammanthi recipes in Kerala which are delicious and easy to prepare.

Coconut Chammanthi

Items required

Coconut scrapings - 1 cup
Small onions - 6
Tamarind - - 1 small piece
Red chillies - 2 Nos
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 bunch
Cooking oil - 2 tsp.
Salt - as required


Saut all the items in the oil except salt, for about 3-4 minutes, in slow fire.

Remove from the fire, and cool it. Add salt and grind altogether well. If required, add 1 tb.sp. water, while grinding in the mixie.

Gooseberry Chammanthi

Items required

Gooseberry - 4 Nos.
Tamarind - 1 small piece
Red chillies - 2 Nos
Salt - as required

For seasoning -

Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp.sp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp.
Curry leaves - 1 bunch


Remove the seed from flesh part of gooseberry, and add the red chillies, tamarind and salt. Grind well.

In a spoonful of oil season mustard, urad dal and curry leaves. Add the gooseberry mixture and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Gooseberry chammanthi goes very well with rice.

Mango Chammanthi

Items required

Raw mango pieces - 1/2 cup (Select a mango which is not too sour. Remove the skin and cut into pieces)

Green chillies - 2
Coconut scrapings - 1/2 cup
Small onions - 3
Curry leaves - 1 bunch
Ginger - 1 small piece
Salt - as required


Grind all the ingredients together with little water. Remove it to a bowl.

Mango chammanthi goes very well with rice.

Chammanthi Podi

Items required

Urad dal - 1/2 cup
Red chillies - 3
Curry leaves - 3 bunches
Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp.
Pepper - 1 tsp.
Salt - As required


Roast urad dal, red chillies, and curry leaves well. Then add asafoetida and pepper, and again roast for 1 minute. Add salt.

Grind all the ingredients together to a fine powder.

It is good for dosa and idli. If the powder is used with little coconut oil it enhances its taste.

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