Onion Chutney – Method I

A simple chutney recipe made with pearl (sambar) onion and red chili.

Onion Chutney – Method I

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Recipe by S Kamala Course: ChutneyCuisine: Indian, TamilDifficulty: Easy


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A simple chutney recipe made with pearl (sambar) onion and red chili.


  • Sambar Onion – 10 to 15

  • Red Chilli – 3

  • Bengal gram dhal – 1 tablespoon

  • Urad dhal – 1 tablespoon

  • Asafotida – a pinch

  • Tamarind – a small pea size (or ½ teaspoon tamarind paste)

  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste

  • Oil – 2 teaspoon

  • Mustard – 1/2 teaspoon

  • Curry leaves – few


  • In a kadai add one teaspoon oil and fry the dhals and chilli. Remove it.
  • Add the remaining oil and fry the onions slightly. Add the tamarind, asafetida, salt and fried dhals. Grind to a coarse paste.
  • Season it with mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  • Note:
  • You can also use big onion. In that case, cut the onion into medium size pieces and fry in a teaspoon of oil as above.


  1. Harini Shivaram Prabhu

    Hi Kamala,

    I tried this chutney. It has come out very well. It goes well with dosa and idly also.

    Thank you for the recipe

  2. Yum,your dishes are awesome,thanks for sharing

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