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Onion Kara Chutney | Vengaya Kara Chutney Recipe

Onion kara chutney is a spicy red chutney made with onions and chillies. This vengaya kara chutney is a perfect pair with idly and dosa.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 servings


  • Onions - 2 large peeled and chopped
  • Urad Dal / Ulundu paruppu - 1 tblspn
  • Kadala Paruppu / Channa Dal - 1 tblspn
  • Garlic - 10 cloves
  • Dry Red Chilli - 3 to 4
  • Tamarind Pulp - 1 tblspn or to taste
  • Oil - 2 tblspn
  • Salt to taste
  • For Seasoning:
  • Oil - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds / Kaduku - 1 tsp
  • Urad Dal / Ulundu Paruppu - 1 tsp
  • Curry Leaves - a sprig


  • Heat 2 tblspn of oil in a kadai. Add in urad dal and channa dal, fry them for a min.
  • Add in dry red chilli and garlic, fry them for couple of mins till they turn golden. Once they turn golden, drain them in a plate.
  • Now in the same oil, add in chopped onions and some salt. Saute them for 5 mins till they turn transparent.
  • Now take the fried dal mix and onions in a blender. Add in tamarind and some more salt to taste and puree them finely,
  • Pour them to a bowl.
  • Make seasoning, by heating a tsp of oil, add in mustard, urad dal and curry leaves. Saute them for a mins.
  • Pour this over the chutney and mix well.
  • Serve with idly or dosa.


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