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Onion chutney | Side dish for idli and dosa

Onion chutney is one of the tastiest side dishes for idli and dosa, prepared by cooking onions in oil along with lentils and grinding with spices.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 3
Calories 100 kcal



    To saute and grind:

    • 1 tsp oil
    • 1 tbsp gram dal
    • 1 tbsp urad dal
    • 3 Red Chillies
    • 2 big onions
    • 6 shallots or small onions
    • 1/2 tsp crystal salt
    • 1 small gooseberry size tamarind
    • 1/4 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder optional

    To season:

    • 1 tsp gingelly oil
    • 1/2 tsp mustard
    • 1/2 tsp urad dal
    • Few curry leaves
    • 1/4 tsp Hing/asafoetida



    • Peel and chop onions.


    • Heat oil in a pan, add gram dal, urad dal, and red chillies.
    • Roast Dal items nicely to get golden brown color.
    • Now add chopped onions and required salt for the chutney.
    • Saute onions nicely until you get light brown color. This step is very important to fry onions in oil before grinding. If onions are not properly cooked in oil, chutney may give raw flavor.
    • Finally, add tamarind and switch off the stove.
    • Let this mixture cool down and grind into a fine paste.

    Seasoning the chutney:

    • Heat 1 tsp ghee or tsp gingelly oil in a small pan, add mustard.
    • When mustard starts spluttering, add urad dal, hing and curry leaves.
    • Be careful not to burn urad dal. Add this seasoning on top of chutney.
    • Serve this yummy onion chutney with crispy dosa or soft idli.


    Tips/notes: 1. If you have access to shallots you can prepare this chutney fully with small onions. 2. Adjust red chilli quantity to suit your Spice needs. You can avoid adding chilli powder if you don't like. 3. Kashmiri chillies are bright in color but light in spice level hence if you are using Kashmiri chillies then add extra.


    Calories: 100kcal
    Keyword dosa sidedish, onion chutney, onion chutni
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