Saturday, October 7, 2006

Onion Chutney and Idli

It is fall now. Never know what to expect weather wise, earlier in the week it was 80F and felt like summer, by mid week it was 50F and felt like winter Phew.... This morning woke up to slow drizzling cold rain and overcast and gloomy skies. What to do you on such a day look to food ofcourse to brighten up the day.


Spicy onion chutney and hot idlis it was for breakfast. Usually back home onion chutney is made with small red onions but here though we get the small red onions frozen, it is never as tasty as using fresh onions. The big red onions work just as well.

Onion Chutney
1. Big Red Onion cut into chunks
2. 2 tbsp ural dal(or 1 tbsp channa dal)
3. 1/2 tsp cumin
4. 1/4 tsp pepper (increase or decrease as per taste)
5. 2 Red Chillies
6. 1/2" piece tamarind
7/ 1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1. In a pan dry roast urad,cumin,pepper, red chillies and tamarind till the dal turns slightly brown, transfer.
2. Add oil to the pan and saute the onions with the turmeric till they turn brown, add salt, towards the end add 4tbsp of water and boil for a few minutes(the water is to make blending easier)
3. Transfer to a blender and blend to a paste.


Serve with Idlis but will taste good with dosai or even Chappathis. Keep a bowl of yogurt because this is really spicy.


  1. WOW...thats just perfect for a Fall day. I have been craving for such a breakfast all this week. Will have to put an end to it this weekend :)

  2. Onion chutney sounds great, thanks for sharing. Thank you also for the milk pudding recipe -- I made that the other night and it was delicious :)

  3. I love onion chutney, one of my favorites..

  4. WOW!! My fav kind of food! I was talking abt Idlies on friday,there they are in ur blog!! Onion chutney looks so good,I usually make sambhar or coconut chutney!! This would be my next chutney! Thanks Indo! you are making me drool!!:)))

  5. Sorry to rub it in but I get red onions so I am going to try this with that.he he..

  6. Idli looks so nice and that too with onion chutney.. looks great and makes me hungry.
    Do check my version of onion chutney..

  7. I made this chutney today with idlis and my kids loved it.

  8. Tried it yesterday and it came out perfect. very good - hot and spicy as u said.


  9. Wonderfull...It was very very tasty....


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