How to make spicy Chettinad Vengaya Kosu - a step-by-step recipe guide

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4



2 onions

1 potato

½ cup grated coconut

4 dried red chillies

1 tbsp Bengal gram (roasted)

10 cashews

½ tsp fennel seeds

2 tbsp cooking oil

½ tsp mustard seeds

½ tsp black lentil

2 tomatoes

2 green chillies (sliced)

1 sprig of curry leaves

Salt to taste

1 tbsp coriander leaves (chopped)

1 ½ cup of water



Step 1:

Finely slice the onion, chop the tomatoes, and slice the potato into small pieces. Keep them aside.


Step 2:

Grind the grated coconut, red chillies, Bengal gram, cashews and fennel seeds with a small amount of water into a fine, smooth paste.


Step 3:

Heat oil in a Kadai or a pan. Splutter the mustard seeds. Add the black lentils and fry until it is golden.


Step 4:

Add the sliced onion and saute for two minutes over a medium flame. Add a bit of salt to make the sauteing faster. Add sliced potatoes and saute for 4 to 5 minutes over a medium to high flame.


Step 5:

Add the chopped tomatoes and saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Cover and cook over a low flame until the potato becomes soft and the tomatoes become mushy. Occasionally, open the lid and stir to ensure the mix is not getting burned at the bottom.


Step 6:

Add the ground paste and give it a good mix. Stir continuously over a medium flame for two minutes or until the raw smell dissipates.


Step 7:

Add half a cup of water and mix well. Add the remaining one cup of water to adjust the consistency of the curry.


Step 8:

Add chopped green chillies, salt as required, and curry leaves. Mix well. Cover and cook over a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes or until done.


Step 9:

Turn off the flame. Finally, garnish with coriander leaves. Vengaya Kosu is ready to be served with roti, idli, dosa, and paratha.



Adjust the quantity of chillies to suit your spice tolerance. It can serve as a suitable substitute for both chutney and sambar.

Sobha Varghese is a homemaker based in Mumbai, India. Sobha runs a popular YouTube blog called ‘Sobha's Kitchenette’ that focuses on authentic and traditional Kerala recipes.

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