February 23, 2009

Carrot Coconut Thogayal (Thick Chutney)

As I have mentioned in a previous post, a thogayal is a thick and coarsely ground coconut chutney which accompanies a meal of rice and mulagootal. While coconut is indispensable and the main ingredient in a thogayal, sometimes certain vegetables are sautéed in a bit of oil and added. Small Madras onions/ shallots, ridge gourd (peerkangai/ peechingya) and pumpkin (mathan) are a few such vegetables.

This being the season for winter carrots, I have used them to make this thogayal. These carrots lend a faintly sweet flavour to an otherwise spicy and slightly tangy chutney.


1/4 cup freshly grated coconut

1/4 cup grated carrot

1 tsp oil

1 tbsp black gram lentils (urad dal)

2 tbsp Bengal gram lentils (chana dal)

3 dried red chillies

2 sprigs curry leaves

a small piece of tamarind (size of a grape)

1/4 tsp asafetida powder

salt to taste


Heat the oil and sauté the lentils, over medium heat, until they turn golden. Add the red chillies and asafetida powder and stir a couple of times, ensuring the asafetida does not burn. Take the pan off the heat and add the curry leaves, allowing it to wilt slightly in the heat of the pan.

Allow to cool a bit and grind this with all the other ingredients, adding just enough water, into a slightly coarse chutney.
This recipe serves about 3.
Serve with mulagootal and rice.

This is my submission to Harini's Food In Colors which is Orange this month.
May I also remind you all that the deadline for FIC submissions is the 28th of February, which is 6 days away. So if you have planned to send in something "Orange" but haven't done it yet, this is the time to do it. I am looking forward to the rest of your entries.


Asha said...

Hi Aparna, hope you are having a great time there today, if you celebrate Shivaratri ie. life is as usual here, nothing exciting unless we make it.

Chutney looks so delicious, beautiful presentation, looks like pudding! :)

Ashwini said...

wow nice pic. As soon as I saw the photo, I thought of carrot rice..Cant believe it is chutney..Delish..

Madhumathi said...

Happy Shivratri,Aparna..
The Carrot thogayal is looking gorgeous..Very innovative recipe :)

Bharti said...

That chutney looks delicious Aparna...hmm..I'm gonna try and come up with something orange. I love FIC but I've been really out of it recently.

Sunshinemom said...

Delicious chutney! I haven't tried carrots in thogayal but sounds good the way you have made it.

Janaki Gopikrishna said...

sahi hai yaar!! good dish in orange.

jayasree said...

Lovely presentation. Have made carrot chutney. Good idea to use in thogayal.

A_and_N said...

Carrots and thogeyal? I should so try this. I love Thogeyal. I made one - which is total pseudo. Will post this week.

Oh, sent you the pic :) Thanks for getting back to us.

Soma said...

Carrot is a nice addition Aparna.. that looks delicious!

Aparna said...

Thanks, Asha.

Looking forward to your entry, Bharti.

Thanks, N. Got the picture.

Suganya said...

What a fantastic idea. Your recipes are inspiring, Aparna.