Thenghai Thayir Pachadi ~ Coconut Yogurt Pachadi

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This is a quick and easy coconut chutney from Chandra Padmanabhan’s cookbook Dakshin – Vegetarian cuisine from South India. She listed this pachadi under salads but I think it would pair well with idli, pongal and upma. I made this pachadi to go with ven pongal as part of my Buffet on Table, month long marathon this September.

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Source: Dakshin, Vegetarian Cuisine from South India
Total Time: 8 – 10 minutes
Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 3 – 5 minutes
Serves: 4


  • 3 tbsp. grated Fresh Coconut or 4 tbsp. flaked Coconut (I used dry coconut flakes)
  • 4 Green Chilies
  • ½” Ginger piece
  • ½ – ¾ cup chopped Cilantro ~ Kothmir
  • 1 cup Yogurt, whisked
  • ¾ tsp. Salt (adjust to taste)


  • 1 ½ tsp. Oil
  • ¼ – ½ tsp. Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp. Chana Dal ~ Bengal Gram
  • ½ tsp. Urad Dal ~ Black Gram
  • ¼ tsp. Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Red Chili, broken into two pieces
  • ⅛ – ¼ tsp. Asafoetida
  • 2-4 Curry Leaves


  • Take coconut, green chilies, ginger, half of the cilantro in a blender and grind to paste.
  • Take yogurt in a serving bowl, add coconut paste, salt and mix well.
  • Take oil in a pan for tempering. When oil is hot, add all the ingredients listed under tempering.
  • When mustard seeds splutter and dals change color, remove from fire.
  • Pour it over yogurt mixture and mix well.
  • Garnish with remaining cilantro and chill until ready to serve.

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5 thoughts on “Thenghai Thayir Pachadi ~ Coconut Yogurt Pachadi

  1. I have not yet tried mixing curd and coconut together..I have been reading about this combination in our recent Buffet on table and I am so curious to see how it are so delicious to feast on!

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