Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Coconut Chammandi and an Award.

Coconut chammandi is nothing but a very thick coconut chutney. I love this simple recipe and hope you do too. Chammandi is very popular is Kerala and is mostly served with Rice dosas. It is also had as a side-dish with rice.
Before I head to the recipe, I would like to share the great news that I have been nominated for an award by 2 fellow bloggers. The most lovable Ria and lovable Dolon, are the people behind this. Thankz a bundle Ria and Dolon. Much appreciated.

The Kreativ Blogger award comes with some rules:-

1. You must thank the person who has given you the award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who has nominated you for the award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 other Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on which of the blogs to let them know they have been nominated

So, here I go with the 7 things people find interesting about me:

1) I'm not a morning person. I hate waking up early. I don't nap at noon, but I sleep so soundly at night that even if someone carries me away at night I won't know it:)
2) I'm a chatterbox and I had an apt job as a Radio Jockey and program producer :)
3) I'm a hardcore romantic at heart and love romantic films and books which make my tummy tingle and my heart sing. Ask me my favorite read and movie. I'll, definitely, be lying if I say it's not "Gone with the wind".
4) I love the soft breeze running through my hair during a slow dusk walk.
5) I love to travel( well, who doesn't?). I Wish I could travel around the whole world and experience different cultures. My dream destination before I got married was Switzerland, and my wonderful hubby surprised me with a trip there on our first anniversary. I've done quite a lot of country hopping- Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Holland, France and UAE. Looking forward to many more. I don't have A dream destination anymore. Why? Because, now, it's become dream destinationS (plural). I want to visit Greece, Egypt, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, China and Mauritius/ Maldives.
6)I'm crazy about perfumes, handbags, footwear and jewellery.
7) I'm a chocoholic and would kill for some good Biryani. I'm also a coconut addict.

My 7 nominees are:

Now, to the recipe:
  • Grated coconut- 1-1/2 cups
  • Peanuts- 2 tbspn
  • Chana dal- 2 tbspns
  • Urad dal - 2 tspns
  • Curry leaves - 12-15 leaves
  • Dry red chillies -3
  • Tamarind - gooseberry sized piece.
  • Shallots- 4-5
  • Salt - to taste
  • Hing - a pinch
  • Oil- 2 tspns
  • Heat 1 tspn of oil in a pan and add hing.
  • Then add the peanuts, chana dal and urad dal and saute till light brown. Transfer this to another bowl and set aside.
  • In the same pan, add the second tspn of oil and add red chillies, curry leaves, shallots and salt and saute till the onions are soft and the curry leaves let out a good fragrance( takes about 4-5 mins.
  • Let all the fried ingredients cool
  • In the mean time, put the tamarind in 1/4 cup of hot water and extract the juice. Save this tamarind juice.Remove the left over pulp and discard.
  • Grind all the ingredients to a very a coarse paste. Do not add extra water. (as you can see in the pic.)

Luv 'n' luc'


  1. thats a good one smith....and thx for pasing on the award to me....nice recipe too..i would love to give it a try....

  2. hey Smitha,
    I love coconut based dishes too... shall try this kind of Kerala chutney. Nice to know more about ur chirpy self Smitha :)and congratulations on the award! thanks for nominating me :) being creative or not no clue about that ;)but its hugely encouraging :) Thanks :)
    Went through ur previous posts I liked the Kerala version of spiced buttermilk.

  3. the coconut chutney looks fab and colorful.
    As far as ur travelquest goes...i have finally met the travelqueen of all...seriously, u must share ur will be amazing looking at all ur travelventures!!..please do.

    And now, to the (gulp)..i know u are gonna kill me, the thing is remember u chose me for the I love u blog award..i loved it and was elated like noone on that.
    but after that, remember i took it off...i didnt wanna go thru the process of choosing a few friends and not choosing the other i just quit from the prize business!!
    howmuch ever i love getting awarded, i am a jackass when it comes to passing it i guess, will just say 'pass' to all awards and not accept any.

  4. Smitha this dish will be great with idli, dosa isn't it!!!! Nice one yaa. Congrats on ur award and thanq so much for sharing it with me sweety!

  5. congrats on ur award smitha.. nice to know about you..

  6. The coconut chammanthi is looking awesome dear

  7. chutney recipe sounds lovely

    congrats for the award and love reading all those things about you..its always nice to know someone more

  8. Hey Nice to know about u Sweety ..Cutie pie .congrats on your award !!!
    Hey nice recipe too .:P

  9. Congrats on the award..Happy to read more on you..

  10. Hey, nice chammandi dear. It looks soo mouthwatering and colorful. And congrats for the well deserved award. Happy to know more about you :)

  11. Heyy...congrats and thanks da...but I'm so worried now. 7 things about me, its going to be really difficult:)...
    I love this to have it with rice actually. The only problem is that my grinderr starts making these horrible sounds when I don't add enough water, so I'm just not able to make this. That picture is tempting me so much.

  12. Congrats on you award Smitha :) It was an interesting read and glad to know more about you. Frankly I had a similar impression about you (#2,5,7)and was happy to know that I was right! Coconut chammanti is my favourite. I love adding dals but never added peanuts before. Like Poornima said above, I'm unable to grind without adding water in my mixer and end up making a slightly loose chutney which i cant gather into a ball! My mom grinds it using the stone grinder and how I miss that taste!

  13. Mouthwatering chutney! will definitely try next I buy fresh coconut.Come to think it even I'm addicted to coconut these days.And thanks dearie for passing the award to me :D

  14. u have an award in my blog dear

  15. Coconut in any form is delectable. Great to know you are piling well desrved awards.Congrats!

  16. I thought chamandi was a dry powder. Yours looks like a blend of coconut chutney and peanut chutney we eat with dosa/idly!Delish :)

  17. I never knew a chammmndi could look so good!! Ah! I love it with some piping hot kanji & curd! I can just live on that combo! :) A

    Now onto the 7 things abt u :)

    U were an RJ?? A producer?? Where when?? :)
    Same pinch...even I am a hard core romantic person :D *blush*
    You won't believe... those are my destinationS too :) hehehe

    Thanks for accepting the award Smita! WTG! :)

  18. hmmm..Loved reading abt those 7 things abt u...could relate me in each n every line...he he
    that coconut chamanthi looks good too

  19. Hey its nice to read about you & now I know you better ... You know I am also a coconut addict ... Hey you came to UAE also , When is that ?
    & regarding the recipe it looks awesome .. thanks for sharing ...

  20. If you have tamarind in a bit better proportions and the food items grinded using a "ara kallu" .. thats what my grandma say that stone... it will taste better than the one grinded in a mixer.

    I did not understand why you used oil and add hing... no idea...

    We can prepare a superb chammandi if we have just a coconut, small onions, "velutulli", "puli" or "Manga", with green chillies...

    I did not understand the use of oil and what to do at the last after you grind the ingredients..

    do you use the fried items in oil also for grinding...?

    I think clarity is needed for the last step... at least for the starters like me...

  21. Congrats Smitha..! Yummmy chammandi!

  22. congrats on your award and thank you for passing it to me dear :)

  23. Congratulations for the award! That coconut chutney looks delicious, love the color :)

  24. Thanks Smitha...

    Now I understand what you plan to do with oil in the chammandi... :D

    Also added follow tab as per your request..

    Keep on posting such delicious dishes...

  25. Was busy shifting to new was off the blosphere circuit......Chutney looks mouth was a nice read and to know more about you.....Gone with the Wind is my fav book too :)

  26. Nice collection of recipes!
    chammandi looks really delicious...tnx for sharing...


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