Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Kara Chutney Recipe-Spicy Red Chutney-Side dish for Appam,Idli,Dosa

This is a very popular Chettinad chutney prepared with pearl onions. This chutney is very easy to prepare and goes well with idlidosa, kuzhi paniyaram and appam. It is also one for my favorite chutney for dosa. It tastes heavenly with mudakathan keerai dosai (coming soon) and paniyaram. Today we will learn how to make kara chutney following this simple recipe.

Kara Chutney

How to make Kara Chutney

Prep time -under 15 mins
Cook time -under 15 mins

Ingredients needed 

Shallots/pearl onions - 1 cup
Tomato -1
Red chillies -3-4 or as needed
Garlic - 2 cloves (optional)
Tamarind - very less
Salt needed

For the seasoning

Oil -3 tbsp
Mustard seeds -1 tsp
Urad dal -3/4 tsp
Curry leaves -few


Grind together onion, tomato, red chillies, garlic, tamarind and salt to a smooth paste.

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal, curry leaves and the ground paste.

Cook on medium flame until the mixture oozes out oil.

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  1. I like your recipes. They are simple and easy to make, and of course delicious. My family love it. Thanks dear.

  2. very tempting chutney. Love the colour of the chutney.

  3. Chutney has got beautiful color.. Looks delicious and tempting. :)

  4. Delicious and lovely looking kara chutney. Wonderful preparation as well.

  5. very tempting and very colorful and yummy chutneys ....

  6. chutney was yummy taste ...and awesome

  7. i didnt have shallots so i substituted it with red onion
    also i took 2 onions (Medium) and 1 Tomato
    But i coundnot get the red color . Color was yellowish orange

    Please tell me how to correct it so that i can get perfect red color
    also i used normal long dried red chillies.
    Should I use Small Round ones or not

    Can you tell me the difference between the two chillies?

    1. Using shallots give a nice taste and color to the chutney- I know peeling it is a pain -but it gives a nice flavor. This chutney requires more oil. Frying in oil nicely is necessary. I have used only the long dried red chillies. The small round ones are more hot.

  8. Super very nice and tasty chutney we love it very much


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