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Thengai thogayal recipe

by Jeyashri suresh
Thengai thogayal recipe

Thengai thogayal recipe with full video and step by step pictorial instructions.

Thengai thogayal is a popular South Indian dish made as an accompaniment for rice. My amma makes it so yum. Slowly I have inherited that from her . Though everyone says I make it so well, still I feel it was not matching to the same as amma makes. Slowly after few years of experience i gained the mastery over this simple dish. Now I can say my Vatha kuzhambu and thengai thogayal tastes the same. Infact my daughter who is a big foodie says, that I make the best Vatha kuzhambu than paati.

What is the secret ingredient in making the best thengai thogayal

Freshly grated coconut is the key for any coconut-based chutneys or thogayals. Many of us who are living in abroad use frozen coconut. But if you have access to fresh coconut, just break it and make the thogayal immediately. Also, amma says, it is best if you grate the coconut, rather than making into pieces and grinding it for the thengai thogayal.

The red chilis are added more for this particular thogayal. The tamarind and the coconut balances the spiciness of the chilis.

How you serve Thengai thogayal – What combos works well- How to eat the thogayal

Thengai thoyagal is usually mixed with plain hot rice smeared with sesame oil . We can have fire roasted papad( sutta appalam) and a poricha kootu as an accompaniment. Thengai thogayal can be had as an accompaniment with curd rice too. I personally love this combo very much. Last but not the least, we can have the thogayal sadam with Mor kuzhambu and with Rasam too. If you haven’t tried these combos, i strongly recommend you to try the thogayal sadam with plain tomato rasam and a curry of your choice.

Check out the other popular thogayal recipes – Raw mango thogayal, kothamalli thogayal, Kovakkai thogayal and chow chow thogayal

Thengai thogayal recipe




Thengai thogayal recipe

Thengai thogayal recipe

Jeyashri suresh
A traditional chutney recipe, pairs well with hot rice
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Accompaniments, Dinner
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3 people


  • ¾ cup fresh coconut
  • 3 tbsp Urad dal
  • 6-8 red chilis
  • 2 tsp oil
  • Asafoetida a generous pinch
  • A small gooseberry sized tamarind
  • Salt as needed


Keyword Thogayal recipes
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Method with step wise pictures:

  • Heat a pan and add 2 tsp oil. Add the Urad dal, tamarind, red chili, and asafoetida.
  • Fry till the dal turns golden brown. 
  • Switch off the flame .
  • Add the coconut to this.
  • Allow it to cool and add salt.
  • Grind it in the mixie into a fine paste by adding very little water.
  • Enjoy with hot rice smeared with sesame oil or ghee.

Thengai Thogayal

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Premalatha Aravindhan April 14, 2010 - 5:58 am

Thogiyal Luks Super Jeyashri,Eppo ve Sapaidanum pola irruku!

Priya April 14, 2010 - 6:38 am

Thogiyal with sambar and rasam, typing itself make my mouth watering here…Happy Tamil New year wishes Jeya..

priya April 14, 2010 - 6:39 am

i love to have it with kanji (or) curd rice

Akal's Saappadu April 14, 2010 - 8:08 am

I love this thuvayal too, my favourite combination with this thuvayal is lemon rice 🙂 Happy Tamil New year to you & to your family!!!

Ann April 14, 2010 - 10:01 am

I love this with rasam rice… so soothing and yum

RAKS KITCHEN April 14, 2010 - 11:27 am

I too make a similar way,i love with idly the best,also arisi upma,never tried with rice will try that too:)

admin April 14, 2010 - 12:38 pm

Great to know about all the combos.Will try all one by one.

Pavithra April 14, 2010 - 2:33 pm

I too make similar way.. looks yummy and we have with rice roti too….other than the idli, puliyodharai. Never tasted with arisi upma ..I can imagine how it taste surely yumm..

Ammu Madhu April 14, 2010 - 2:41 pm

இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்.

Nithya April 14, 2010 - 4:55 pm

Yummy 🙂 the click is so tempting 🙂

Panchpakwan April 14, 2010 - 6:46 pm

Happy tamil new year wishes..
Nice recipe..

Sharmilee! :) April 15, 2010 - 4:28 am

Thovayal is my fav….can have it with rice, idly or even upmas….ur version sounds tasty!

Laavanya April 15, 2010 - 2:32 pm

My mom makes this the exact same way especially when she makes ven pongal.. I love this.

Krithiga April 21, 2010 - 7:55 am

could you put any recipie using soya chunks?

Preety April 23, 2010 - 1:36 am

looks yumm

தக்குடுபாண்டி April 28, 2010 - 5:56 pm

மொளகா பழம் பாக்கர்துக்கு அழகா இருக்கு!! nice photos

PranisKitchen April 29, 2010 - 5:32 pm

thengai thogiyal looks so yummy..very easy one and good with plain rice..mixing this thogiyal with rice will give a nice flavor
thanks for sharing
BTW new here …lovely space u have

Jagruti April 30, 2010 - 6:50 pm

Coconut thogiyal looks delicious and tasty..never heard..now I can try..

Malar Gandhi May 2, 2010 - 6:21 pm

Thengai thuvaiyal sounds tastee, like it with rasam rice.

Hari Chandana May 3, 2010 - 2:14 pm

Looks sooo delicious in ur click.. awesome recipe.. thanks for sharing!!

Nithya May 5, 2010 - 6:31 am

Yenakku romba pidikum indha thogayal. nice clicks 🙂

Chitra May 8, 2010 - 3:29 am

We too make this for idly ..Looks nice..nice click too 🙂

தக்குடுபாண்டி May 9, 2010 - 6:56 pm

next post poodalaiyaa innum…;((

Suhaina July 2, 2010 - 6:01 am

wow. i can finish that whole bowl in a jiffy. looks too good. yumm.

Sujatha vaidyanathan November 19, 2015 - 3:58 pm

Nice receipe.u can add a small piece of ginger saute it with above mixture and grind it.this will increase the taste of thogayal.recently only I am reading ur receipes.u are doing great. All the very best.thank u.

Ramya Pavithra March 19, 2017 - 7:02 pm

Hi mam instead of red chilli, can red chilli flakes be used, if so what's the measurement. Please guide.


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