Apr 23, 2010

Kothamalli Thuvayal/ Coriander(Cilantro) Chutney

This is amma's version of coriander chutney. It is slightly different from the normal version because the urad dal is initially roasted along with the coriander to give a nice smoky flavor to the chutney. This thuvayal is versatile and goes well with rice, idlies, dosas and even as a spread in sandwiches and burgers.
Coriander/Cilantro leaves - 1 bunch
Urad dal - 2 teaspoons
Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Red chillies - 3 or 4
Garlic - 1 clove
Tamarind extract - 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 spoon

Seperate the leaves from the coriander stem and wash them thoroughly.
Heat half a spoon of oil in a saucepan and add 1 teaspoon of the urad dhal. Once it turns golden brown and gives a nice aroma, add the red chillies and chopped coriander leaves.
Saute for about five minutes on a medium flame, until the leaves wilt and slightly change color. you should be getting a nice fresh aroma by this time.
Switch off the flame and cool this thoroughly and blend using a mixer/food processor along with the garlic clove and tamarind extract. Also add the salt at this point.
Meanwhile do the tempering with the remaining oil, mustard seeds, curry leaves, urad dal and pour on top of the blended chutney. Add little water to get the desired consistency.
Stays fresh in the refrigerator for atleast 3 to 4 days.

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  1. Wow. I like to have this chutney with idly. My mom used to make this...

  2. Awesome chutney. One of my favorites. I love it with Idli, Dosa, Pongal even!

  3. tempting Chutney, Divya and lovely colour.

  4. Sounds delicious. Never tired chutney without coconut. Will try sometime soon

  5. this is great variation of coroander chuney..worth a try :)

  6. Kothamalli Thuvayal looks very authentic and delicious dear!!

  7. It is a yummy chutney!My version is the same except that i add a little jeera while grinding and add hing in the seasoning.

  8. Coriander chutney with idly, my fav..can have this chutney with anything..yumm!!

  9. Loved this version.. I hv never added urad dal..will try next time.. Cheers

  10. Nice color, like the roasting cilantro for chutney.

  11. Love the colour of the chutney,nice version...

  12. Thats a nice chutney divya,.....how have u been doing?....waiting for the show me spinach round up..:)

  13. good one.. would lov ethis in my sandwich

  14. I can eat a few dosa with coriander chutney..looks yummy:)

  15. This is a very diferent way to how I make coriander chutney.I will surely book mark and try it.Looks delicious.

  16. Coriander Chutney looks great..Idly and this chutney are a perfect combo..Love it..

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  17. love coriander chutney. looks so tempting !!

  18. hey.. I made a similar chutney yesterday... I did not use garlic but the rest of the ingredients were the same :) You are right about this being so versatile :)

  19. Great with rice and even idlis this thokku!

  20. Hi divya..i was blog hopping when i landed here..you have got a nice collection of recipes..guess we have common tastes :)

  21. YUM YUM
    I am going to try this version soon :)
    any idea why corriander chutneys could turn bitter? Mine turns bitter after I grind it :(

  22. @ Karunya,
    I have never seen coriander thuvayal turning bitter. Will let you know if I find out :)

  23. Thanks :)
    Mine always turns bitter :(


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