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Onion Chutney – Side dish for idli, Dosa or Upma

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There are many kinds of chutneys to serve along with the breakfast and chutney can be prepare in many ways, this Onion chutney tastes fabulous with any South Indian breakfast item such as idli, dosa, Vada or Upma. So here is the recipe for this easy and damn simple chutney

Serves – 2
preparation time – 5 mins
Cooking time – 10 mins
Ingredients :

  • Oil – 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Green Chillies – 4 or to taste
  • Onion (chopped) – 2 Cups
  • Tomato (cubed) – 1/2 no
  • Salt – to taste


  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Dry Red Chilli WHole – 1 no
  • Asafoetida – pinch


Procedure :

In a wide pan heat up the oil, add green chillies, fry for 1o secs, add in the onion and cook till the onion is soft (cover and cook) Then add in the tomato and pinch of salt just to help them cook faster. Once they are soft  remove from the pan, blend to a smooth paste once they cool down little bit.

For seasoning, heat oil, add mustard seeds, allow to pop, then add in cumin seeds, red Chilli whole and fry for 10 secs. Finally add in asafoetida and stir in for 10 secs. Immediately add this tadka into the blended paste. Simple and tasty onion chutney is ready in no time. Enjoy with idli, dosa, or even with hot steamed rice.

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  1. Kumud

    Hi Sruthi,

    I just watched your vege nugget recipe and at the end of the recipe there showed a picture of some delicious VADAS. Please I would like that recipe very much. I usually make them for SATAM and my don’t turn out that good. I would really appreciate for having that recipe. Thanks in advance.

    With regards


  2. G.Ravindra Babu

    Sruthi garu,

    I watched and tried Bhendi wjth coconut powder (Avoid deep fry), Peanut onion chutney. Both turned out very well and we regularly prepare these 2 dishes at our home. I have a suggestion, I want you to mention especially with chutney like onion red chilly how long it will be good if we refrigerate it i.e keeping time. Thank you so very much for your selfless service. May God bless you and your family.

    Ravindra Babu

    1. admin

      That’s awesome Ravindra garu. I make them fresh everytime and suggest you to make them fresh every single time without any refrigeration for best tasting chutney. As we use onion in both chutneys they don’t last longer than a day in refrigerator. Thanks for your feedback. Glad that you found my recipes handy!

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