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Vengaya kose is a very common Chettinad side dish for idli/dosa. When I have to prepare something which is of Chettinad style, I usually get recipe from my grandma or mom. These days both of them are really busy with their work. So got this recipe from Solai Achi website , here we can find most of the chettinad special recipes.

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Onion : 1/2 of a large

Tomato : 1/2 of a large

Potato : 2 small

Cinnamon stick : 1 small

Cloves : 2

Oil : 1 1/2 teaspoon

Fennel seeds : 1 teaspoon

Salt : as needed

Water : as needed

To grind:

Grated coconut : 2 tablespoons

Roasted gram/pottukadalai : 1 tablespoon

Garlic : 2 pods

Fennel seeds : 1 teaspoon

Red Chili : 2


  • Chop onions length wise, chop tomato and potato to small pieces
  • Add all the items in to grind and with little water to make a fine paste. Set aside.
  • In a pan heat oil. When hot add cinnamon sticks, cloves, fennel seeds.
  • When it crackles, add onion. Saute for 2 mins.
  • Then add the potato and saute till half done.
  • Next add tomato and saute till they are mashed well. Add salt and mix.
  • Now add water to cover just a bit above the veggie layer.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and let it cook for 5 mins.
  • Now check if the potato are 90% done, then add the ground paste.
  • Simmer for 5 mins and cook.
  • Finally add cilantro leaves and garnish.

This goes well with any idli/Dosa/Chappati.