Red Chutney

Idly/Dosa is usually served with white, red and green chutney across South India. Red chutney is the spiciest of all the three. It goes well with idly or dosa. Here we shall see the recipe of red chutney a.k.a onion chutney.


1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp black gram/urad dhal
1 tsp Bengal gram/channa dhal
1 medium sized onions, roughly chopped
1 medium sized tomatoes, roughly chopped
5-6 medium dried red chillies
7-8 mint leaves
2 tbsp sesame oil


1. Heat a pan and add 2 tbsp of sesame oil. Sesame oil gives that awesome taste to the dish. You can substitute with any of the oil of your choice.

2. Add mustard seeds when the oil gets warm. Once it starts to sputter, add urad dhal, red chillies and channa dhal. Saute for a minute.

3. Add roughly chopped onions. Saute for 3 minutes or until it becomes translucent.

4. Add roughly chopped tomatoes. Saute for another 5 minutes.

5. Add mint leaves. Switch off the flame. Let it cool completely.

Tip: You can otherwise add coriander and curry leaves too. I like mint flavoured red chutney and thereby adding it to this recipe. It's up to you to choose the flavour. Also, the chutney can be made without adding any of these green aromatic leaves like mint, coriander or even curry leaves.

6. Once it cools off completely, transfer the sauteed contents to a mixer.

7. Blend it to a smooth paste.

8. Tasty Red chutney is ready to savour with idly or dosa varieties.

9. I'm gonna eat my sumptuous breakfast with red, green and white chutney. What's yours? Try the recipe and share your feedback.


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