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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Onion Chutney-Vengaya Chutney Recipe (for idli,dosa)

Onion chutney is a great accompaniment to idli, dosa, upma and even appams. It is very common in all South Indian homes. I make this onion chutney for dosas and idlis once in a week. I love this chutney even as a spread for sandwich.Though I have used pearl onions, you can use big onions also to prepare this chutney. 

Onion Chutney
Onion chutney for dosa and idli 
How to make onion chutney for dosa and idli

Prep time - under 15 mins
Cook time- under 15 mins
Serves -2

Ingredients needed 

Pearl onions/shallots -1 cup peeled
Red chillies - 4 (or as required)
Tamarind - small piece or 1/4 tsp tamarind paste
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt as required

For the seasoning 

Mustard seeds -1 tsp
Urad dal - 2 tsp

Top up seasoning

Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - few


Heat a tbsp of oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add urad dal and red chillies. Saute until dal turns light brown. Remove from oil. (in case if red chillies turn dark sooner, remove the chillies from oil first)

In the same oil, add pearl onions and saute until it turns pink. Switch off the flame, add the tamarind piece and saute in the heat of the pan itself for 2-3 seconds.

vengaya chutney

Leave it to cool. Then grind everything together to a smooth paste adding salt and a tbsp of water.

Onion chutney for dosa

Remove from the blender, heat a tsp of oil, add mustard seeds, curry leaves, when mustard splutters, pour the seasoning over the chutney.

Note - Though you can use big onions, this chutney tastes great with pearl onions/shallots.

Variations - You can add a few curry leaves and a clove of garlic while frying the onions if preferred.

I will share with you few tips on  How to peel pearl onions easily -

1.Cut both the ends and soak them in just enough water for 2-3 hours. You can easily remove the skin after that.

2. Put them in boiling water for 2 minutes. Then drain the water and pour cold water on top of it to stop the cooking process. Cut the root end and squeeze. The onions will pop out of its skin.

Though I love this chutney very much, my kid's always want my tomato chutney with garlic or instant tomato chutney or onion tomato chutney for idli and dosa.

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  2. lovely one :) But i am wondering the color of your first picture? is it the color of the final outcome ? i never get this color only when i add tomato i get this color !

  3. Yummy n all time favorite chutney...

  4. And yes great tip on how to peel the onions...

  5. Love the color of chutney..looks very tsngy n spicy..bookmarking..)

  6. Looks delicious. Wow small onions chutney looks delicious. I dont like pealing the onions, but I do it once in a while for my daughter.

  7. Love the spicy chutney,looks tempting!!

  8. Such a flavourful and beautiful chutney.

  9. Yummy chutney goes good with hot idlies...

  10. My all time favourite...I can have this all day for idli or dosa...

  11. Hi padhu, actually coming sunday is my daughter birthday. i am planning to invite 15 people. i don't know what to prepare. please give me some idea please. if possible recipes please...

  12. Dear Aparna
    The color of the chutney is the same as in the picture.Follow the same method and you will get the same color.

    Dear Rajeshwari -Could you please drop a mail to padhusblog@gmail.com
    I will reply in detail

  13. Hey love the chutney. The colour is so inviting and honestly I think it would be lovely to dip in some soft idly and dig in!

  14. Can I prepare this chutney with white onions??

  15. Just made this chutney with big red onions and have only one word for you.....................AMAZING!!!!

  16. Very practical and easy to follow recipes-Well done and thank you. I live in Holland and have never made Dosai until now. So, thank you again.

  17. Hi padhu, I have never made onion chutney with pearl onions. Even my husband had a weird feeling when I saw your recipe and started making chutney with pearl onions. But contradictly he simply loved it and wants chutney to b made in pearl onions from now on. Thanks a lot for the wonderful recipes. I have tried your frenvh fries recipe and it turned out well too.. Great going :)

  18. In case of emergency, how many big onions can v use Padhu?

    1. Around 3 medium sized onions but I suggest pearl onions for this chutney.

  19. if you add bedige red chillies instead of normal red chillies, it will give the colour.

  20. Hi. My chutney turns bitter. Any idea what is the reason for it

  21. Padhu. Am sure I did not burn. I added onion, red chilli, urad dhal, tamarind and few cashews.asfoetida and salt . I don't know why it's happening like that it's been 3 rd time . The first time I did the chutney it came out well. But then it's becoming bitter

  22. Just as harini, my chutney turned too turned bitter. I guess we need to change the oil or use onions from a different vendor!

  23. Hi,
    I followed the same process , except that I used big onions. The taste was not good. It was so bitter. ��

  24. I tried this chutney and it turned out nice.My mom liked it too. Thanks for this easy and quick onion chutney. Saves a lot of time and goes well with dosas.

  25. I tried out this chutney with big onions.. But the taste was so bitter.. I don't know what went wrong in the process.

    1. Maybe you over fried it or burnt it slightly.

    2. over fried , or probably added more curry leafs

  26. I loved the different methods to peel pearl onions! Tried them too! Thanks!

  27. Tried this recipe tonight was very useful receipe


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