BM #121 Week 2 Day 2 - 

To pick a recipe from the Tamil cuisine with the letter E was pretty easy. Ellu (Sesame seeds), Elumichai (Lemon) were the ones I was considering. 

I was thinking of Sesame seed chutney for a while but never got around making it at home. So I thought it would be a great idea to showcase it in this series. This chutney can also be prepared using the black sesame seeds.

So far in the A-Z series Tamil Cuisine, I have posted 

Recipe Inspiration here
Ingredients - 

Sesame seeds 1/4 cup
Coconut Powder 2 Tbsp
Salt and Jaggery as needed
Tamarind extract 2 tsp (or as needed)
Green chilies 3-4 (or as needed) 
Garlic cloves 2-3 (Optional)
Seasoning (Sesame Oil 1 tsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Chana Dal 1/2 tsp, Urad  Dal 1/2 tsp, Curry leaves few, Red chili 1 Hing 2 pinches)

Method Of Preparation -

In a heated pan, dry roast sesame seeds until they are light golden color. Remove onto a plate and set aside.

In the same heated pan dry roast coconut powder until they are light golden color. Remove onto a plate and set aside.

Add a few drops of oil and roast chopped green chilies and garlic. Remove onto a plate and set aside.

After they are cool enough. Grind all of them in a blender adding as much tamarind extract and water as needed.

Remove into a bowl.

Prepare the seasoning by heating oil and adding mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal, curry leaves, red chili and hing.

Pour the seasoning on to the chutney and serve it with rice.


Preparation Time  15 minutes
Makes 1/2 cup
Posted by Harini R on Sunday, April 11, 2021


  1. rajani Says:
  2. I have seen kollu thogayal, but not ellu thogayal before 😄! Well, a new recipe for me..

  3. Radha Says:
  4. I have been considering to make this chutney for sometime. Though we make rice out of it, never made a chutney. This recipe is interesting and would love to try this. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Narmadha Says:
  6. Ellu thogayal is more healthy and nutritious. I too make the same way in the consistency of the chutney not too thick.

  7. Wow, i m a thogayal fan harini, ellu thogayal looks tempting, a nutritious one too! i m definitely trying this thogayal!

  8. sushma Says:
  9. Such a healthy and yummy looking dish Harini. Will try it soon

  10. Suma Gandlur Says:
  11. Nice pick for 'E'. I am guessing that the ellu chutney preparation varies region wise and your version sounds delicious.

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