Thengai Podi/Coconut Podi

Today's recipe for cooking from cook book challenge is simple thengai/coconut podi which I noted down from my friend.
Thengai podi is flavorful and easy to make,can be mixed with rice along a dash of ghee or an accompaniment for idly.
This podi is often sprinkled in dry vegetable curries and kootu for extra taste and fresh and flavor.This podi stays fresh for a week to 10 days if its stored in an air tight container in room temperature.
Here I used the desiccated coconut  but it can be replaced with fresh grated coconut also,with no further delay lets move on to the recipe...............................

Basic Information

Preparation Time ~ 5 minutes
Cooking Time ~ 10 minutes
Makes ~ 1 cup(approximately)


Urad dhal/ulutham paruppu1/4 cup
Desiccated coconut1/2 cup
Tamarind/puli(optional)1 inch
Red chilly/varamilagai4 -5
Asafoetida/perungayama pinch


  • Dry roast the urad dhal,tamarind(if you are using) and red chillies in a medium flame till the urad dhal becomes nice and golden.Transfer it to a plate.
  • Now add the dried coconut to the pan and roast it till it becomes crisp and golden.Finally add the asafoetida and put off the flame.Let it cool down completely.
  • Put the fried urad dhal and rechillies,salt in a blender jar and grind to bit coarse powder.Then add the roasted coconut and pulse it.Do not run the blender continuously.

Thengai Podi is ready.Store it in an air tight container.


  • After adding the coconut do not run the blender/mixie continuously,pulse it with intervals,otherwise it will look like chutney.
  • If you using fresh coconut,fry it in a low flame tll it gets crisp and golden.

This recipe is off to  Cook Book Challenge #6 March week 2 and  Let's Brunch on Sundays event.


Wow we love this thengai podi...

awww awesome clicks :) and thengai podi looks very very tempting :) love to have with ghee rice :)

Delicious and aromatic to look at podi.Excellent preparation.

delicous coconut podi n awesome clicks as always :-)

One of my favorite podi, love this coconut podi with both rice and idlis :)

Tasty to have with rice...

Flavorful and delicious podi..

Thengai podi looks awesome :)

My all time favorite podi! always have some in my pantry!

Flavourful podi, love with some rice topped with ghee.

Tasty and flavorful podi

Such a yummy and versatile podi.

coconut and tamarind..flavorful for sure

nice clicks. good presentation. love to have with hot rice.

Very useful and so tasty too Nalini...

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