Paruppu Thogayal – Lentil Chutney for Rice

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Paruppu Thogayal Recipe. Easy to do and very tasty side dish, served with rice for lunch. Made with lentils – toor dal and coconut. With step by step pictures.

Note:
For Chutneys and masala powders, I use a combination of Byadagi chillies and the regular Tamil gundu chillies or Guntur chillies. Byadagi chillies are not very spicy but it gives a very bright red colour to the chutney when ground. Byadagi Chillies come from the Haveri district in Karnataka. The chilli is long and wrinkled and deeply red. Its not very hot but imparts a dark colour and aroma. I have used Byadagi chillies today for the thogayal. They impart a bright red colour to the chutney that’s very appealing. If you want a spicy chutney, add a combination of byadagi and guntur chillies.

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Prep Work:
First, we will be charring the tamarind in fire. Its called as “sutta puli” in tamil. Take a marble size tamarind and press with fingers to form a sphere. Insert the tamarind in a skewer and char it in fire on a gas stove for 15-20 seconds. The outer skin would turn black. Remove and set aside to cool.

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Heat oil in a heavy skillet and add in the toor dal and dry red chillies. Slowly roast the lentils on a low flame till the lentils are light brown in colour. Set aside on a plate to cool.

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Dry roast fresh shredded coconut on a low flame till it slightly changes colour. Do not roast the coconut for long. Remove from heat and set aside on a plate to cool. If you like the flavor of raw coconut, you can skip this step of roasting coconuts.

Note: If you want a rich thogayal, add more shredded coconut.

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Grinding:

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Take all the prepared ingredients, raw garlic, salt and grind it in a heavy duty mixie jar with very little water (upto 1/4 cup water) to a thick paste.

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I have been using my Panasonic heavy duty mixie for over a decade now and its still going strong. My mom, aunt and Vinodh’s aunt all use Panasonic and we love it as it does a great job of grinding masalas to a fine powder or paste. Here is where you can buy them.

Serve hot with rice and ghee. Ghee is a must!!!!

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Paruppu Thogayal – Lentil Chutney for Rice

Paruppu Thogayal Recipe. Easy to do and very tasty side dish, served with rice for lunch. Made with lentils – toor dal and coconut. With step by step pictures.

  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 Marble size tamarind
  • 1/2 cup toor dal
  • 3 Byadagi chillies
  • 2 Guntur Chillies
  • 1/3 cup fresh shredded coconut
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cloves garlic

Instructions

  1. Insert the tamarind in a skewer and char it in fire on a gas stove for 15-20 seconds. The outer skin would turn black. Remove and set aside to cool.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy skillet and add in the toor dal and dry red chillies. Slowly roast the lentils on a low flame till the lentils are light brown in colour. Set aside on a plate to cool.
  3. Dry roast fresh shredded coconut on a low flame till it slightly changes colour. Do not roast the coconut for long. Remove from heat and set aside on a plate to cool.
  4. Take all the prepared ingredients, salt, raw garlic and grind it in a heavy duty mixie jar with very little water (upto 1/4 cup water) to a thick paste.
  5. Serve hot with rice.
  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Chutney
  • Cuisine: Tamilnadu

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13 thoughts on “Paruppu Thogayal – Lentil Chutney for Rice”

  1. Sangeetha Krishnan

    Wow!! I tried this recipe and loved it. The “sutta tamarind” takes it to vera level. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  2. Hi,

    Can i replace fresh coconut with desiccated coconut powder in this recipe? Does it make difference? Also comment on using desiccated coconut powder in lieu of fresh coconut, in other recipes. Am single male and trying to reduce my time in cooking.

    1. Dessicated coconut wont work in this recipe. It will work in curries, kurma (cooked varieties) etc… but when the coconut is ground raw and served as is, there is no substitute for fresh coconut.

      1. Deepa Premanand

        Hi,
        What is the purpose of roasting tamarind in fire? Can we skip this step as I have a electric stove in my home?






  3. mam are you sure guntur and byadagi mirch are same ??…bcos im in UP and i saw guntur chilli..but thought its not byadagi as it is not that bright or shrinken..could u help!!

  4. one of the most innovative way of displaying chutney!!! u just play with stuffs mam…really so good 😀






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