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Monday, February 17, 2014

Onion Chutney | Side Dish For Idli/Dosa


Friends don't be surprised to see today's post coming from a Bengali gal :-) Ever since I have shifted to Chennai I am learning new local recipes. Credit goes to my son who has 3 tiffin breaks in his school and whenever he has something interesting he come back home with a funny description. Lunch box can break the ice if two friends had fight just few periods back :-)  I generally give him plain Dosa or Idli as Sambar becomes a challenging job for me. He spills it in his lunch carry bag so only give him ketchup sauce if it not masala dosa. 

One fine day he asked if I can give him orange looking chutney which is generally served in restaurants here. So I took help from local friends and made it for him.  Now he’s teacher is pleased that his student has blended well amongst his classmates during lunch time and he too has developed a taste for ethnic South Indian food and snacks and I appreciate his Class Teacher to educate the benefits of healthy food and harmful effects of junk food to the students. Madam, if you are reading it Kudos to you!

Ingredients:
1 cup Small Onion (shallots)
5-6 Dry Red chillies
1 tbsp Urad dal
Tamarind , small lemon size (I like little tangy so I add generously)
Salt to taste
Sesame Oil as required or you can use any vegetable oil

Tempering:
1 tsp Oil
A pinch of Asafoetida 
A spring of Curry leaves
1/2 Urad Dal

Method:
Wash the shallots properly and soak in warm water for some time, this will help to remove the skin easily.

Take little oil in a heavy bottom pan, add urad dal seeds and fry for few seconds. Add dry red chillies and  fry for another minute. Now take out both from the pan and keep aside. In the same pan add shallots and keep stirring until shallots turn golden brown.

 Turn off the flame and let this cool down. Transfer shallots, chilli-urad dal seeds into a coffee grinder and add small ball of tamarind in it. 

Add salt to taste and grind this to form a smooth paste. Sprinkle some water if it is too thick for you. Now transfer prepared chutney to a serving bowl and temper with items under 'tempering' and serve with Idli /Dosa or with any fried item. 


24 comments:

  1. Yes, I was surprised to see this chutney recipe at your blog! But then, local ingredients and local flavours are always welcome, right? So looks like your son is also taking the route of ' the way to his friends' heart is through their stomachs' :-)

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  2. mmmm..... I am lazy to grate coconut. Tommorow I will prepare this for dosa.. Thanks dear......

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  3. i just love this combo of crispy dosa and onion chutney..

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  4. love small onion it is so flavourful na? so tempting chutney

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  5. Delicious looking dosa and chutney, looks to tempting :)

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  6. Delicious and tasty chutney ..Very tempting dear :) Very happy to follow you ..Will be happy if u follow me back !!

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  7. Perfectly done Deepa.. Just like we would love at home. .spicy and tangy... Great going...

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  8. ha ha :) guess your son is helping you learn new dishes now! Wonderful preparation Deepa…

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  9. looks sooo tempting n delicious...

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  10. I loved the intro! :) I guess the world is becoming so small, that it shouldn't actually be a surprise! When we can cook continental and other cuisines, then this is also possible! The only thing that makes me lazy about this chutney is the peeling of shallots, but the end result is always worth it! Looks absolutely yummy...

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  11. It's been a while since I made onion chutney! Your pics are tempting me to make them soon :)

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  12. You have learnt the art of folding dosa Deepa...love that style...onion chutney looks tempting....

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  13. Oh this chutney sound really good, your son is lucky to have you.

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  14. One of my fav chutneys, It taste so good with dosa. Beautiful clicks.

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  15. This onion chutney looks so good. I love onions! I can see how delicious it is eaten with just any bread!

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  16. Onion chutney loloking so tempting.......!

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  17. Chutney is so much needed with dosa...never tried onion chutney..looks fab :-)

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  18. It looks great.. Will give it a try :)

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  19. Its always fun to try new cuisines no?! :) A good recipe, haven't tried this version so definitely on my list

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  20. Not a surprise!! Even I am discovering and learning new South Indian recipes as my kid really likes the cuisine...Very nicely done chutney!!! Wud make some over the weekend along with dosa!!

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  21. Never tried a chutney made with onion but the recipe looks great so will try it now.

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  22. I'm from Madurai and we cook this a lot. Add some tomatoes and it becomes tomato chutney. I love learning new recipes too.

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