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Onion Chutney

South Indian style chutney / dip with onions and dry red chillies

Chutneys are a common fare in South Indian households. Most of the times I make the red coconut chutney or white coconut chutney because its easy and quick with no sautéing! But I love this onion chutney more, than the usual coconut chutneys. At times, I cook another version of onion chutney which I will post sometime later.

I love to make this chutney bit coarse so there are still bits of onion here and there.  Also I like my chutney on the spicier side, so adjust the amount of chillies according to your taste. Drizzle some more gingelly oil over the chutney and enjoy with hot idli or roast dosa. This onion chutney goes well even with chapathi and poori.



Onion - 3 big, sliced
Whole dry red chillies - 6 to 7
Tamarind paste - 1 tsp
Gingelly oil - 1 tbsp
Salt - to taste

Gingelly oil - 1 tsp
Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - few


1. Heat oil and add dry red chillies. Fry for a minute and set aside.

2. In the remaining oil, add the sliced onions and fry till the onions become soft. Allow the onions to cool.

3. Grind together red chillies, onion, tamarind and salt to a slight coarse paste.

4. In a small tadka pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds. When it pops, add the curry leaves and pour over the chutney.

Serve with idli or dosa.


1. Instead of dry red chillies, you can use red chilly powder.

2. You may substitute gingelly oil with normal cooking oil.

3. Adjust spice level according to your taste.


  1. Ooo when I see the chutney feel like eating nice crispy dosas.

  2. nice clicks, chutney looks delicious.

  3. Wow! Have never tried onion chutney before Sona.. Lovely clicks dear :-)

  4. lovely clicks dear... the chutney looks delicious...

  5. onion chutney luks superb also the photos are fantastic....

  6. i actually thought you may have cooked the ground paste but nice to see that its original onion flavor is not disturbed in this version!

  7. Yummy of my favorites

  8. delicious looking chutney. going to try it soon.

  9. i also add little coconut to it.. very yummy..

  10. what a dish for dosa...karumuru dosa dipped in this chutney will be DIVINE

  11. Yummy looking one.. Spicy & tasty for dosas :)

  12. Chutney looks yummy ...Lovely clicks :)

  13. Super like, can have two more idlis with this chutney.

  14. looks so delicious and delectable..

  15. yummy chutney, love to hv with hot dosa :-)

  16. wow..tongue tickling chutney

  17. Delicious chutney to have with idli and dosa.


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