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.


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.

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...

thengai podi seivathu easy pola irukke ! thank you.

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