Coconut Onion Chutney

Coconut Onion Chutney is a very easy to whip chutney made with coconut and onion as the main ingredients. Coconut onion chutney makes a delectable accompaniment for any South Indian breakfast items like Idlis, Dosas, Upma or Pongal.

Coconut Onion Chutney

Coconut Onion chutney is a recipe, which I learnt from my Mom and Aunt. When we were kids, Saturday’s breakfast at our home would mostly be Rava dosas with this yummy Coconut Onion chutney. My mom and Aunt would patiently make Rava dosas for our huge family. Sweet, tangy and mildly spiced chutney with a bright orange color would be too inviting and with crispy rava dosas, the combo would be so yummy that each one would gobble at least 4-5 dosas. Of late, I had not made this chutney and felt like having it, so made this yummy chutney and served it along with soft and spongy dosas. Everyone in the family totally enjoyed the flavor and the combo.


To grind
Coconut – ¼ th of a big coconut
Onion – 1 medium sized
Red chillies – 3 or as per taste
Tamarind – a small gooseberry sized ball
Salt to taste

To temper (Optional)
Oil – 1 tsp
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Curry leaves – one sprig


Preparation time – 5 mins
Cooking time – 5 mins
Total time – 10 mins
Serves 4

  1. Grate or chop the coconut. Chop the onion roughly.
  2. Take all the ingredients under ‘To grind’ in a mixer jar and blend it adding water as needed.
  3. Check for the spice and salt level and add more, if required. Blend again to get the desired chutney consistency. This chutney is not runny but a little thick like thuvayal.
  4. Transfer the chutney to a serving bowl.
  5. Heat oil in a tadka pan. Add mustard seeds, let it crackle. Add curry leaves just before removing off the stove and pour it over the chutney. Mix well and serve.

Serve it plain or tempered with mustard and curry leaves. We enjoyed the Coconut Onion chutney with soft and spongy set Dosas.

Coconut Onion Chutney


  1. I used byadgi variety, which gives mild spiciness and bright color. You can use any chilli variety to suit your taste.
  2. You can serve this chutney plain without tempering too. At my mom’s place, while serving with Rava dosa, it is served plain.
  3. You can use shallots too instead of normal onions.