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Recently we had a potluck at one of our friends house. As we are the only South Indians in that group, I usually prepare some thing in south Indian style. So this time it was adai dosa and onion chutney. Everyone absolutely loved it. Onion chutney was a super hit πŸ™‚

This is one of the most simplest chutney that I love. This has the slight sweetish and quite a spicy taste. When ever you want a nice spicy chutney for idli/dosa/adai/oats dosa do give this as an accompaniment, it tastes best together.

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Shallots : 15 or Onion : 1 large ( I prefer shallots for this recipe)

Red Chili : 4

Tamarind Paste : 1 tablespoon

Sesame Oil : 1 tablespoon

Mustard Seeds : 1 teaspoon

Urad dal : 1/2 teaspoon

Curry Leaves : Few

Salt : 1 teaspoon (adjust accordingly)

Water : as needed to grind


  • Peel the skin of shallots or onion and dice to small pieces.
  • Heat half a tablespoon of oil in a pan. When it is hot add the red chili by breaking it.
  • Next add the pieces of onion/shallots and mix.
  • After 3 to 4 mins, add the tamarind paste and mix.
  • Let onions turn translucent. When it is almost pink in color, stop and let it cool.
  • Put it in a mixer and grind it well with water and salt to a fine paste. Check for salt and adjust accordingly.
  • Now heat the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of oil in a small pan.
  • When hot add mustard seeds, urad dal. Let it splutter and urad dal turns slight golden brown. Add the curry leaves and when it splutters, mix this in the chutney.
  • Easy Onion chutney is ready πŸ™‚