Coconut Thogayal | Thengai Thogayal


Coconut Thogayal is a spicy and flavorful accompaniment of South Indian cuisine served with rice, along with ghee/ sesame oil and also as side dish for idly, dosa and upma vaieties especially arisi upma / rice upma. This easy version of coconut thogayal is tangy and spicy and is packed with the flavor of coconut, red chillies and tamarind. It is easy to prepare with simple ingredients and can be made in 10 minutes. Come, let’s see how to make this authentic recipe at home with easy method and step by step pictures.


Category: Vegan

Cuisine: South Indian

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Serves: 2


  1. Grated coconut- 3/4 cup
  2. Urad dal- 2 tbsp
  3. Red chillies- 4
  4. Tamarind (or) tamarind paste- 1/2 tsp
  5. Salt- as required
  6. Jaggery- 1/2 tsp (optional)
  7. Water- to grind
  8. Oil- 1 tsp


1. Preparation: Grate the white portion of the coconut and set aside. You can also use store bought grated frozen coconut. Thaw 1/2 cup of frozen coconut until soft before use. I microwave only the required amount of frozen coconut in a plate for 30 seconds and it instantly thaws (if it is hot, rest for 5 minutes and use).

2. Heat oil in a pan and add red chillies and urad dal. Roast till the chillies turn crisp and dal turns golden.

3. Cool down and add to a mixer jar along with all the other ingredients and grind to a coarse to smooth paste (thogayal consistency) with very little water. This thogayal does not need any tempering and tastes great as such. Serve with rice and ghee or with arisi upma / rice upma. Delicious and tasty coconut thogayal is ready to eat!







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