Ellu (Til Seeds) Thuvaiyal


  • Black Ellu (Til seeds) – 4 tablespoons
  • Coconut gratings – 3 tableslpoons
  • Urad dhal – 1 tableslpoon
  • Red Chillies – 6
  • Tamarind – Big gooseberry size
  • Garlic – 2 pearls
  • Oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste


  1. Put the Ellu (Til Seeds) in a kadai and dry fry till it crackles. Remove. Same kadai put a teaspoon of oil and fry urad dhal till it turn light brown. Add red chillies, garlic pearls and tamarind and fry for few seconds. Finally add coconut gratings and fry for few more seconds. Switch off the stove.
  2. When it cooled down, put all the fried ingredients in a mixie along with salt and grind it. Add only one or two tableslpoon of water and grind it to a thick dough like consistency.
  3. This will go well with Lemon Rice/Coconut Rice. Can also be had with Idli/Dosa.


  1. Hi i have tried Ellu (Til Seeds) Thuvaiyal but its in bitter taste. I dont know what mistake i did. Could u please explain.

  2. Ok thank you. I will try it once more. I love til seed smell…..

  3. Sinu Asif

    Hi I want to know if it is possible to use white till seeds?

  4. Anitha Manohar

    Today I made this thuvayal and had it with Kanji. Delicious and really good aroma!

  5. I tried your ellu thuvaiyal yesterday. I used white variety as I happened to have it on hand. It was awesome. My daughter who loves peanut chutney thought it was peanut chutney. What a great healthy substitute. Thank you.

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