Ellu Thuvaiyal

Ellu thuvaiyal is a traditional South Indian chutney made from sesame seeds. It is a flavorful and nutritious condiment that can be enjoyed with Lemon Rice and Coconut Rice, dosa, idli, or even as a spread on sandwiches. Ellu thuvaiyal can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Enjoy this versatile chutney as a flavorful accompaniment to your meals!

Ellu Thuvaiyal

Recipe by S Kamala
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Course: ChutneyCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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Discover the authentic taste of Ellu thuvaiyal, a delectable South Indian chutney made with sesame seeds. Perfect for rice, dosa, idli, or as a sandwich spread. Savour its rich flavors!


  • Black Ellu (Til seeds) – 4 tablespoons

  • Coconut gratings – 3 tablespoons

  • Urad dhal – 1 tablespoon

  • Red Chillies – 6

  • Tamarind – Big gooseberry size

  • Garlic – 2 pearls

  • Oil – 1 teaspoon

  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste


  • Place the Ellu (Til Seeds) in a kadai and dry-roast until they begin to crackle. Once done, transfer them to a separate bowl.
  • In the same kadai, add a teaspoon of oil and sauté urad dal until it turns a light brown color.
  • Add in the red chillies, garlic pearls, and tamarind, and sauté for a few moments.
  • Stir in the coconut gratings, sauté briefly, and then turn off the heat.
  • After the mixture has cooled, transfer all the roasted ingredients to a blender. Add salt and grind into a mixture.
  • To achieve a dough-like consistency, add one or two tablespoons of water and blend until smooth.

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  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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