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Onion Tamarind Chutney

12 Aug

Ullipaya Pachadi.

Onion chutney is one of the numerous chutneys made fresh as an accompaniment to dosa, idly, bonda etc… Couple of dals and spices are fried along with red chillies. Onion is cooked along with tamarind and ground into fine paste along with fried dals. The onion chutney is finally tempered with spices.
Makes: around 1/2 Cup Onion Tamarind Chutney


Red Onion 1 large
Tamarind 1 inch sized ball
Chana Dal 1/2 tsp
Urad Dal 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/8 tsp
Broken Red Chiles 5 – 7
Asafoetida a pinch
Oil 2 tsps
Salt to taste


Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves 6
Broken Red Chiles 3
Oil 1 tsp

Method of preparation:

Heat oil in a pan, add chana dal, urad dal, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, broken red chiles and asafoetida.
When chana dal changes color, add chopped onion, tamarind and salt.
Fry till onion turns translucent.
Cool the cooked onion to room temperature and grind into smooth paste using a spice blender.
Remove the onion chutney onto a bowl.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When urad dal changes color, remove from heat and add to above onion chutney bowl.
Mix well and serve onion tamarind chutney with idly, dosa etc…
Notes:Make sure to adjust the red chillies accordingly.

Suggestions: If spices remain whole in the chutney, grind the chutney again till done.
Variations: Uncooked Onion Chutney, Simple Onion Chutney.
Other Names:Ulli Chutney.