Onion Chutney – Vengaya Chutney

February 23, 2015 Chutney RecipesSide Dish for Idli/Dosa  8 comments

Onion Chutney is a simple and spicy chutney for Idli/Dosa. This is yet another no-coconut chutney that can be made in a jiffy. This is a comfy chutney to make as onions are always available in my pantry.  I love to have this with idlis. It tastes best when made with sambar onions/shallots. I have used a combo of sambar onions and normal onions here!! ( Actually what I had in hand)

Now to the recipe….



[Preparation Time-5 mins : Cooking Time- 10 mins]


  • Sambar Onions – 1 cup (chopped)
  • Red Chillies – 3 to 4
  • Tamarind paste – 1 tsp
  • Salt – as needed
  • Sesame Oil – 1 tsp + 1 tsp
  • Mustard – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a sprig





  • Heat a pan with a tsp of oil and fry dry red chillies. Once they turn brown keep it aside. In the same oil add chopped onions and fry until transparent.

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  • Let the ingredients cool down. Take fried onions, red chillies, salt and tamarind paste in a mixer and grind it into a smooth paste.

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  • Now in the same pan heat oil and temper with mustard seeds and curry leaves. Add the ground Onion Chutney to this and saute for a min. Switch off the stove.

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Thats it. Spicy Onion Chutney is ready.

Serve with idli/dosa.





  1. U can add 1 or 2 tbsps of grated coconut and then make the Onion Chutney.
  2. U can add 2-3 garlic cloves too.
  3. U can grind the onion chutney coarsely.
  4. Usually sesame oil is used to make this chutney. U can substitute with refined oil if u dont have it.

8 comments to Onion Chutney – Vengaya Chutney

  • traditionallymodernfood  says:

    Have try chutney with shallots:-) looks delicious dear

  • padma  says:

    yummy chutney…want to have it with dosa right away:).Why don’t you check out my version too:)

  • Nalini Somayaji  says:

    simply super healthy dideer onion chutney…

  • Jeena  says:

    wow, so tempting…

  • Rachna's Kitchen  says:

    Very nice and delicious chutney, well explained. Need to try it soon. 🙂

  • Sindhiya  says:

    A simple and comforting chutney…Looks so perfect!!

  • Maha  says:

    Chutney luks yummy n tempting..

  • gayathri  says:

    yummy chutney.tempting.wish to have it with idli.

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