Kothimira-Kobbari Pachadi – Coriander-Coconut Chutney

When the ingredient for JFI- January (Coconut) was announced, I knew which recipe I was going to blog. One of the most treasured fruits of the Gods is the coconut so revered to us, Hindus, symbolizing divine consciousness and forms an integral part of Hindu religious ceremonies, from birth to death. The humble, tender loving, versatile coconut is our offering to the Gods, its white flesh eaten as “prasadam” and is the super food to us, South Indians.

Kobbarikaaya, Coconut

There are innumerable traditional recipes prepared with it and by far the most simple and classic recipe is kobbari pachadi or coconut chutney in all its variations. There are certain pachadis or chutneys that are so simple, which can be prepared at a moment’s notice and yet taste divine. Coriander coconut chutney, is one such classic example of an irresistable chutney that is easy to prepare, nutritious and flavorful. A treasured recipe like kothimira kobbari pachadi can give even the most exotic culinary creations a run for its money.

kothimira kobbari pachadi

Coriander coconut chutney, is a variation to the traditional coconut chutney, that has a sweet-nutty flavor due to the coconut, coriander and peanuts and the green chillis balances the flavors by giving it a hint of spice. All you need to do is saute the greens and chillis, grind them along with fresh coconut and roasted peanuts and infuse with a seasoning of mustard seeds and fresh curry leaves giving it a fragrant touch.

Kothimira Kobbari Pachadi

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  coriander leaves
  •   coconut


  •   1 cup of freshly grated coconut (you can also cut the coconut into thin slices)
  •   1 tsp cumin seeds
  •   1 small bunch fresh coriander leaves, washed and chopped into pieces
  •   10-12 mint leaves (pudina)
  •   3-4 green chillies (increase or decrease to suit your spice level)
  •   1/4 cup roasted peanuts (de-skinned)
  •   1/2-3/4 cup water
  •   salt to taste
  •   1 tsp oil
  • For tempering:

  •   1 tsp mustard seeds
  •   8-10 fresh curry leaves
  •   1/2 tsp oil

Method for making Kothimira Kobbari Pachadi

Heat a tsp of oil in a small pan. Add the cumin seeds and let them splutter. Add the green chillis and washed coriander leaves and stir fry for 2-3 mts till you get a nice aroma. Add the mint leaves and toss them about for a few seconds. Remove from heat and cool.
Grind the grated coconut, sautรƒยฉed green chillies, coriander leaves, mint leaves and roasted peanuts along with salt, to a paste by adding about half a cup of water. A stone mortar is recommended to crush them but you can use a blender too.
Serve with dosas, idlis or vadas.


  • http://vcuisine.blogspot.com/ viji

    Nice presentation Sailu. Viji

  • http://gattinamia.blogspot.com gattina

    Sailu, your photography and recipes always take my breath away!!! I got to try this out… too beautiful, I just can’t miss!

  • http://samayal-ulagam.blogspot.com usha

    Hi Sailu,

    Wonderful and healthy chutney. Good entry for JFI. Presentation is too good.

  • http://www.4everykitchen.com Ruth

    Sailu, the photos are so beautiful and the dishes sound so delicious – I can’t wait to try them.

    Thanks for sharing and I wish you a fabulous 2007

  • http://food-forthought.blogspot.com Ashwini

    Sailu you have recreated restaurant magic with that photograph! Thanks so much for participating in JFI. And a very Happy new year

  • http://cooks-hideout.blogspot.com/ Pavani

    Hi Sailu, Green coconut chutney looks amazing. Do you peel off the brown layer (pechu) from the coconut? Your chutney looks lighter than mine. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for a wonderful recipe. Wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous New Year.

  • http://watscookindoc.blogspot.com jayakarthik


    happy new year wishes to u and to ur family members.

    try adding ginger to the above chutney i’m sure u will love that too (just an inch of ginger)
    my favorite is always coconut chutney with idly and dosa ahhhh……. drooling ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Coffee

    What a lovely presentation Shailaja ๐Ÿ™‚ And thanks so much for the lovely words on my blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am going to blog roll you . ๐Ÿ™‚ hope you dont mind ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Coffee

    oopes….. I just realised…. too many smilies over here too ๐Ÿ˜›

  • http://www.happyburp.blogspot.com Vaishali

    Hi Sailu,
    This one is a classic, isn’t it? Btw, I never added mint leaves. This goes on to show that the same recipe can have apparently small yet significant variations in different places/households. Will try it for sure next time.

  • http://foodieshope.blogspot.com Asha

    Great recipe Sailu.I do make Mint coconut chutney and tastes delicious indeed.I am glad you are blogging more now.Thanks and happy 2007!:)

  • http://www.healthynspicy.blogspot.com Surya

    Hi Sailu,
    Wish you a very happy new year!!The chutney looks so delicious.Nice entry for JFI.

  • http://gattinamia.blogspot.com gattina

    Hi Sailu,
    It’s me again ๐Ÿ˜€ Before I can try this gorgeous coconut chutney (as not many stores here sell fresh coconuts), I’ve just made your tomato chutney, both me and my husband loves it a ton!!! I’m sure I’ll make it over and over again! Thank you Sailu for your fantastic recipe!
    And have a happy new year!

  • http://www.stargazer-lalitha.blogspot.com lalitha

    stopped by to say hello and wish you and your family a happy new year.I love the recipes and the pics are awesome.Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.passion-for-food.blogspot.com Vini K

    Hi Sailu,

    THis is a regular when we make dosas at my ammamma’s place.Reminds me of the good times we had as kids with our ammamma,tatagaru and pinnis and mamas.

  • melissa_cookingdiva

    Happy new year dearest Sailu! A big hug from Panama…

  • http://srefoodblog.blogspot.com shammi

    You take such mouthwateringly gorgeous photos!

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  • Lata

    wow so yummmmmmy..Sailu that was fantabulous….the pics are so tempting, feel like eating it right away. Thanks a lot.

  • Lata

    and yes wish you and everyone a very ‘Happy New Year’2007! May God Bless All of us!

  • rekha jain

    i am nuts abouts eating & cooking. i enjoy cooking the recipes which u send me to my mail account. every one likes ur recepies very much, all appreciate very much. pls send me ur recepies. i am very thankful to you.

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  • B.Roopa

    Wish you a sarvadhari nama samvasthra shubhakanakshalu,,,Hello sailu garu new look of the site adurs,,,mee anni receipes chala baguntayi,,,

  • srividya

    this is exactly the same chutney we make every monday for idlis. so happy to see the same recipe! bought back memories. thanks.

  • divya

    hi sailu, i like to prepare your tomato dosa, you have blogged some pachadi along with coconut chutney. will you please let me know what recipe it is?

    Its cabbage pachadi. Hope to blog it sometime.

  • analogstuff

    Thanks for this recipe. I will try this today as i am going to have idly today.

  • Levi

    That was one of the simplest chutney recipes i’ve read. The chutney came out great.