Vandikaran Thuvaiyal


Ah! this name sounds different. Vandikaran in Tamil means Cartman.   My grand mother Kamali taught me this dish. She would tell stories about the cartman to me and my brother. The cartman will come home after a long day and make this thuvaiyal and enjoy it with plain rice. A super delicious thuvaiyal. Very easy and can be made just like that. Very few ingredients, the taste is wonderful. Goes well with plain hot rice and chips, hot phulkas, puri and soft dosas.


Grated fresh coconut – 2 cups

Salt to taste

Tamarind paste – 1 teaspoon

Water – little

To roast in ghee

Ghee – 1 teaspoon

Asafoetida powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Broken green chilli – 2

Heat a pan. Add ghee. Add the asafoetida powder and the green chillies. Sauté for a second. Switch off the stove. Transfer to a plate. Cool.


Take a big blender jar. Add in the grated coconut, salt to taste, tamarind paste, the roasted ingredients and blend it. Add very little water. Blend well. Transfer the ground Vandikaran Thuvaiyal to an air tight container. Serve with hot rice.

Chef’s Tips

1) Can store the thuvaiyal in the fridge. Keeps well for a day or two.

2) Do not add much water to grind the thuvaiyal. The thuvaiyal has to be thick.

3) While serving this thuvaiyal for dosas, make it slightly runny.

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