Kara Chutney – How to make Kara Chutney

February 24, 2014 Chutney RecipesSide Dish for Idli/Dosa  5 comments

Kara Chutney is a hot & spicy red chutney that goes well with idli, dosa, & kuzhi paniyaram. Its a popular Chettinad chutney variety made. Its very easy to make too.. All u need are simple ingredients that are normally available in your pantry. Do try my entire chutney collection HERE.

Now to the recipe…

Kara Chutney My Magic Pan

[Preparation Time-10 mins : Cooking Time- 10 mins]

Kara Chutney Ingredients:

  • Onion – 2 nos
  • Tomato – 1 no
  • Dry Chilly – 3 nos
  • Garlic – 4 to 5 nos
  • Tamarind paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – as needed
  • Oil – 1 tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • Mustard – 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida – a pinch


  • Heat a pan and add a tbsp of oil and saute the dry red chillies in low flame until they are brown. Keep this aside. In the same oil saute chopped onions & garlic pods.

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  • Once the onions are transparent, add the chopped tomatoes and saute until they are soft & mushy. Switch off the flame & let it cool.

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  • Grind it into a smooth paste in a blender along with salt & tamarind paste. Heat a pan with oil and temper with mustard. Once the mustard seeds pop up add asafoetida and the ground chutney. Let it boil in medium flame for a few mins. Switch off the flame.

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Spicy red hot chutney is ready.

Serve it with idli/dosa.. I served it with kuzhi paniyaram & Oats Uthappam (recipe coming soon)

Kara Chutney My Magic Pan


  1. Adjust spice level according to your taste buds. As per the above measurements, it is super spicy.
  2. U can make the kara chutney without sauteing onions & tomatoes too.
  3. U can skip the tempering part too.

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– By Sundari Nathan

5 comments to Kara Chutney – How to make Kara Chutney

  • sailaja  says:

    yum with soft idli

  • Manjula Bharath  says:

    wow very tempting kara chutney 🙂 looks very yumm !! I wus love to finish them those delicious paniyaram 🙂

  • chikku  says:

    Yummy and delicious chutney ..perfect for idly 🙂

  • swathi  says:

    Delicious kara chutney, love it for dosa.

  • Uma  says:

    Any time favourite.

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