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onion chutney

Onion chutney/Vengaya chutney

Also called red chutney, it goes well with most South Indian breakfast and dinner recipes
Course chutneys, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Keyword Onion chutney for dosa, red chutney
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Hema Magesh


  • 3 medium-sized big onions(red Indian onions)
  • 3-4 nos Whole Kashmiri red chillies
  • ½ small tomato
  • salt as needed
  • pinch of sugar(optional)

For tempering

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • tsp mustard seeds
  • ¼ tsp split urad dal
  • few curry leaves(optional)


  • Roughly chop the onion and tomatoes and break the chillies into half.
    Onion chutney prep steps 1&2
  • In a small mixer jar first grind the tomato, chillies and salt coarsely.
    Onion chutney prep steps 3&4jpg
  • Next, add the onions and grind till it becomes a smooth mixture without any red chilly specks.
    Onion chutney prep steps 5&6
  • In a frying pan heat up the oil and temper with the mustard, urad dal and curry leaves(if using). Add the chutney to it and cook for a few minutes till the raw smell leaves.
    Onion chutney prep steps 7&8jpg
  • Add a pinch of sugar and more salt if needed and switch off. Serve with Idli, dosa, or adai.