Curry leaves chutney (Karibeva chutney)

This chutney is known as “kushil narla chutney” (kushile-spoiled, narlu-coconut). Yes, it is basically made of a bit smelly coconuts, not the completely rotten ones though. Sometimes when the coconut is kept as it is for many days, they get a bit of smell (you can smell it, but cannot see the change in color). Instead of wasting such coconuts, they are paired with curry leaves so that the smell can be overcome by a strong smell of leaves. This was how this chutney originated. May be because people were very poor in those days and they just could not afford wasting a coconut. I remember my Aayi telling me that her grand mother used to go in search of a bit smelly coconuts to make this chutney :D.

That was in olden days. But these days we make this chutney with normal coconuts. Once you taste this chutney, I bet you will never ever forget the taste. I am a huge fan of this from my childhood. Few people eat the raw chutney and few people fry it to preserve it for many days. My dad likes the raw chutney and I like the fried chutney, so we always had two batches of chutneys at home. Once when I was a kid, my Aayi fried it well till some of it turned almost black. So I renamed it as “kushil narla lashil chutney” (lashil meaning burnt) :D.

Unlike any other chutneys which are served with either dosa or idlis or vadas, this is served as a side dish with rice. Never tried it with idli/dosas.

Grated coconut(fresh or frozen) 1 cup
Curry leaves 2 big strands (approximately 20 leaves)
Asafoetida a pinch
Red chilies 5-6
Tamarind extract 1/4 tea spn
Oil 1/2 tea spn

I use tamarind extract in all cooking. If normal tamarind is used, adjust to suit the taste.

Heat oil and fry red chilies. Take them out and fry curry leaves till they become crispy(do not add extra oil). Take out and roast the coconut till it turns slightly brownish.
Grind all the ingredients together to a coarse paste. Do not add too much water. Serve it as a side dish with rice.
If you need to preserve this for few days, take the chutney in a pan and heat it. Keep mixing it occasionally.

Fry till the moisture goes off and chutney becomes completely dry(I forgot to take the picture at this stage. Will post some other time). Remains good for at least a week.

Serves : 4-5
Preparation time : 20mins

18 thoughts on “Curry leaves chutney (Karibeva chutney)”

  1. As you rightly said it is made out of kushile naralu. My mom used to make sanapolo or this chutney when the coconuts used to smell a bit (not spolied). I havent tried it so far. Thanks for the post and for reminding. I almost forgot abt this chutney. I have lots of grated coconut to try this on the coming weekend.

  2. shilpa-
    as fortune had it, there was exactly 1 cup of slightly old coconut in my refrigerator…as well as just enough curry leaves. i did not have any fresh ripe chiles, but i did have several green ones….as i was enamoured with the colour of your photo, so, i made this using the green chiles…and also used lime juice instead of tamarind- to keep with the green theme. This is a SENSATIONAL recipe….i ate it with rice…then idlis…then dipped a gharyo into it too….i think i would like to bathe in it! 🙂
    thanks for sharing such a splendid chutney!

  3. p.s. your rhyme of “kushil” with “lashil” is funny:-) i’ll remember that…i ate some of this for 3 meals now…it’s almost gone! thanks again.

  4. We also do it. We call it Kasaru Kayi gojju (Kasaru- rancid (wellnot quite), Kayi-oconut, gojju- chutney). We used to grind it in the stone without adding water at all. Grinders can be used to grind the gojju without adding water. During mango seoson you can add grated raw mango to this chutney and roast it to extend the store life.

  5. Hello. I am using my friends curry tree to make a curry paste. I am trying to copy The Karuveppilai Pickle made in Tamilnadu Seevaram. Your recipe seems to have basically the same ingredients so my question is how can I prepare a large quantity without worrying about spoilage. I don’t want to have to throw it away after a few months. Also, I believe that I will fry the leaves and this pickle calls for gingili oil and jeeragam. What are these and how can I find it easily or use a substitute? Thank you for your time.


    Shilpa: Sorry, I have no idea about the pickle.

  6. It is very wonderful chutney.Now this is my favourti chutney. My all friends like this chctney so much .Really it is very tasty and my all time favourit .

    great job…..

  7. wonderfull, excillentand my all time favourit chutney and my all friends said to me THANKS FOR YOUR WONDER FULL CHUTNEY.

  8. hi shilpa!

    M going to try dis for da first time.. m sure its gonna be good! it was fun reading ur recipe an very easy to follow!!

    thanks a lot!! wish u good luck!!!

  9. During the monsoon we had to cut a large part of our curry leaf tree and pondered over what to do with so much… most of it we distributed in the neighborhood and rest we used to make this recipe….yummy!!!!

    Big thanks to you Shilpa. You have a new fan.

  10. Shilpa, do you have any dry pitti chitney recipes as we call it in Konkani. Sometimes we use puttani, or roasted peanuts or garlic.And roasted khobren .

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