Onion Chutney | Easy Side Dish for Idli and Dosa

Simple and delicious onion chutney recipe (vengaya chutney recipe) without tomatoes and coconut! This South Indian style onion chutney is a great side dish for idli, dosa and even pairs well with rice!


Onion Chutney | Easy Side Dish for Idli and Dosa


4 servings


South Indian


25 m




Simple and delicious onion chutney!

– 3 tsp oil divided (½ tsp + ½ tsp + 2 tsp) – 1 tbsp urad dal – 1 tbsp chana dal – ¼ tsp asafoetida – 1 Kashmiri red chili dried – 2 dried red chili Guntur or other variety – 2 onions 200 grams peeled and chopped – 2 garlic cloves 10 grams peeled and chopped – 1 tsp salt or to taste – ½ tsp tamarind paste – ¼ cup water add as required To Temper – ½ tsp mustard seeds – 5 curry leaves

You will need:


Simple & easy-to-follow

Step 1

Heat a pan or kadai and add ½ tsp of oil. When the oil is hot, add the urad dal and chana dal along with asafoetida and roast until the lentils are deep golden brown.

Step 2

Transfer the lentils to the mixer jar, and in the same pan, add the red chilies and roast them for a minute or until they become crisp and slightly charred.

Step 3

Transfer the red chilies to the mixer jar as well and let the lentils and chilies cool.

Step 4

In the same pan, add ½ more tsp of oil and add the chopped onion and garlic.

Step 5

Saute until the onions are soft or for about 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer the onions to the mixer jar and let it cool.

Step 6

Now add salt and tamarind paste and grind it using the required amount of water. You might not need the entire ¼ cup of water. So add as required.

Step 7

In a separate tempering pan, heat 1 tsp of oil. When the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds and curry leaves. When the mustard seeds splutter, add this to the chutney. Serve the chutney with idli or dosa. Store it in an air-tight container and refrigerate for longer shelf life and use a clean spoon for every use.

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