Ellu Thuvaiyal

Ellu Thuvaiyal

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


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This thuvaiyal goes well with Lemon Rice and Coconut Rice. This can also be served with Idli and Dosa.


  • 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


  • Add the Ellu (Til Seeds) in a kadai and dry fry till it crackles. Then transfer to another vessel.
  • In the same kadai add 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 heat.
  • When it cooled down, put all the fried ingredients in a mixie along with salt and grind it.
  • Add one or two tablespoon of water and grind it to a thick dough like consistency.


  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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