A thogayal is a thick, coarsely ground chutney which is very typical of Palakkad Iyer cuisine. The equivalent of this in Kerala cuisine is the “chammandi”. Like the Chammandi, there are various types of Thogayal and what is common to tham all is that these are coconut chutneys which are ground into a thick and coarse paste.
This particular chutney, the Parippu Thogayal is made with coconut, pan roasted red gram lentils/ tuvar dal, dried red chillies and a bit of tamarind. Its usually on the spicier side as it is typically served as a side dish with Molagootal or Molagushyam, both of which are gravies that are on the blander side in taste.
This parippu/ lentil thogayal is just one of the many different kinds we make. In this particular thogayal, curry leaves are not usually added, but I do as we like the subtle flavour that it adds to the meal.