Chammanthi Podi ~ Kerala Chutney Powder

I had hinted a couple of posts ago that this is a celebratory weekend. Today is our wedding anniversary!!! We are one of the most least romantic couples in the whole world, who never have anything planned for this day. We reminisce, smile and move on with our life  Hehe… there is fun in that too, right? The Almighty has been good – we have had a comfortable life despite some tightening here and there (part and parcel!!!) and two lovely kids. What more should I ask for? I wanted to do something today, but then, it’s a weekday and I have to be at work and once I am home, it will be the usual mad rush, so I finalized on a little cake for today. The cake is done, frosted (my first full frosting!!!) and in the fridge, for final touch ups once I go back home. My fingers are crossed!!!


Yesterday morning, after doing some of the basic works for the cake, I set myself the task of finishing off the Kerala kitchen challenge of the month. It was Chammanthi Podi, which is actually quite new to me. Do I have some eyes on me? Actually, we never make this. Somehow it has never been a part of our routine, but I’ve heard a lot of my friends at school say that they have this in their pantry at any given time. Some used to even bring it in their lunch boxes during our special classes. OK, now what is special classes? Here, since our school timings are from 7 to 1 or 8 to 2, when in our boards – 10th and 12th – we have extra two hours as special classes for finishing off the portions. Fun those times used to be… 🙂


So went ahead and made it and loved the whole process, especially the lovely aroma in the kitchen… I reduced the chillies by half yet the spice levels were a bit too much for our modest tongues. My F had it with his dosas for dinner and loved it. So did the H. I’m sure you guys must be wondering – is this a recipe to post on a special day? Let me be a bit hatke!!! 😀





Chammanthi Podi/ Chutney Powder

Course Sides
Cuisine Kerala
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 250 gm
Author Rafeeda


  • 2 cups fresh grated coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped shallots around 8 large ones
  • 8 dried red chillies
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp urad dal
  • A handful of curry leaves
  • 2 inch pc ginger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp asafoetida/ kaayam
  • 1 small pc tamarind


  • Dry roast all the ingredients from the coconut to the ginger till nicely browned.
  • Keep stirring to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Allow to cool. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Once cooled, grind into a coarse powder and store it in a dry glass bottle.
  • Have it little at a time along with your kanji (rice porridge), rice, dosas or idlis.


Despite reducing the red chillies to half the quantity, I found it incredibly spicy for our tongues!!!

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    1. thank u so much rita… 🙂

  1. Happy Wedding Anniversary Rafeeda! Have a blessed year ahead. Oh, and I hope we can see a beautiful cake here in a couple of days 🙂

    The chammanthi podi looks delish. My mom used to make this so often. Now, my chammanthi podi 'supplier' is my Dad's Sis. And it is how I lure the (rice hater) Techie into having rice – It is his fav 😉

    1. thank u so much priya… i guess it's time u make this by your hands for your Techie… 😉

  2. Happy wedding anniversary dear, wishing you many more years of togetherness..

    Such a flavourful podi,just drooling here..

    1. thank u so much priya akka… 🙂

  3. Happy Wedding Anniversary!!!Have a nice Evening….Enjoy…May the GOD give you a peaceful and happy life with your family….

    1. thank u so much sini dear… 🙂

  4. happy wedding anniversary Rafeeda. podi looks good

    1. thank u so much swasthi… 🙂

  5. Wishing you a happy life ahead, filled with togetherness and love. Happy Wedding Anniversary Rafee.

    1. thank u so much humi… 🙂

  6. Happy Anniversary Rafee!!! Hope u enjoyed the evening.

    1. thank u so much meena… the evening was quite hectic, but not bad… 🙂

  7. Happy anniverary to you Rafeeda, wishing many more years of togetherness. Chamathipodi adipoli.

    1. thank u so much swathi…

  8. thanks for a lot for joining in!

    1. thank u so much…

  9. Happy wedding anniversary…May god bless you both…Your's is not the least romantic couples in the world. You can count on me and my husband too.. 😉

    Your chammanthi podi looks perfect..I love it a lot, the one which my mother makes, its awesome..on thinking about it itself, the taste tickles my tastebuds 🙂

    1. glad to know i've some company, nimmy… 😉 thank u for your comments…

  10. Happy Anniversary Rafeeda..:-) stay blessed!

    1. thank u so much rekha… 🙂

  11. I am drooling here Rafeeda.I would appreciate this with hot rice along with pickle..Superb recipe.

    1. thank u so much dhyuthi… 🙂

  12. My best wishes to you on your Anniversary Rafs!

    This is a very interesting and delicious recipe but very new to me. Tell me if I decide to make it, what can I serve it wiith:)

    1. thank u so much, sal… we normally have this as side for our lunch – rice and curry, or kanji (rice porridge). we also have this with dosas and idlis, it's more for that spicy touch, you can say… 🙂

  13. Happy wedding anniversary – belated. May you have a long and a happy life together 🙂
    The podi Looks good and you made it sound so easy…I am tempted to try….

    1. thank u so much dear… 🙂

    1. thank u so much divya….

  14. I remember eating this type of Podi when I was in hostel … Would love to try this …

    1. thank u so much shey for coming by… 🙂

  15. Belated wishes fr ur anniversary Rafeeda… I haven't ever tried ths.. Bt mom makes ths.. Luvd ur pic too

    1. thank u so much hasna… 🙂

  16. Belated anniversary wishes dear 🙂 And I am also a bit surprised that u never had this at ur place.. I mean thats a must in a Mallu kitchen rite 😀 Anyways lovely snaps 🙂

    1. thank u so much chitz…

  17. Happy anniversary to you Rafeeda! Though belated, wish you all the best for many of those blissful years to come!
    You know this is a staple in my cupboard, except it's the store bought kind and a bottle lasts not more than a week. Never had the courage, but will try this- thanks for saving me a lot of money, missie- hopefully I'll get it right!

    1. thank u so much tisa… i'm sure u'l get it right… u just need to keep roasting till it becomes real brownish… 🙂

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