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February 20, 2013

Indian Onion Chutney Recipe | Vengaya Chutney Recipe

While this Onion Tomato Chutney gets made more often as a side dish for Idli or Dosa, I do like the simplicity of this Onion Chutney too. Removing tomatoes from a dish generally tends to make it more flat, in my opinion, but this Vengaya Chutney begs to differ. I have this weird notion that if we are having idli for breakfast, then there has to be some sort of chutney to go with it but if it's for dinner, then idli milagai podi is more than adequate. So all sorts of chutneys get made in my kitchen in the morning, for breakfast.

Indian Onion Chutney Recipe-Vengaya Chutney Recipe for Idli Dosa

As much as I love coconut, especially in the form of Coconut Chutney, I buy it fresh from Little India about once a month and freeze it in small batches which does make thawing it quicker but not quick enough when I am really really hungry for breakfast and the only thing that stands between me and hot, steaming idlis is a stupid lump of frozen coconut.

Indian Onion Chutney Recipe-Vengaya Chutney Recipe for Idli Dosa

This Onion Chutney is handy for those days because it's a chutney recipe with no coconut and the onions get browned in less time than it needs for you to steam your idlis or make your dosa / uthappam.

Indian Onion Chutney Recipe | Vengaya Chutney Recipe


Preparation time: 4 minutes
Cooking time: 8 minutes
Makes 1/2 cup of chutney

Ingredients:
3 large onions, sliced thin
4-5 dry red chillies (adjust to taste)
1 pinch of hing (asafoetida or perungayam)
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 small piece of tamarind (optional, I rarely use this)
1 tsp of salt (adjust to taste)
1 tbsp of nallennai or Indian sesame oil (or any oil you prefer)

How to Make Vengaya Chutney:

1. Heat the oil and add the sliced onions. Sautè until it turns pink and transparent.
2. Add the red chillies, hing, and garlic, along with salt.
3. Continue to fry in medium heat until the onions turn golden brown.
4. Cool and grind to an almost-smooth chutney (add the tamarind, if using) without adding water
5. Serve chutney with idli or dosa

Step by Step Pictures for Making Onion Chutney:

1. Heat oil and fry the onions until pink.
Indian Onion Chutney Recipe-Vengaya Chutney Recipe for Idli Dosa

2. Add the chillies, garlic, hing, and salt.
Indian Onion Chutney Recipe-Vengaya Chutney Recipe for Idli Dosa

3. Fry until onions turn golden brown.
Indian Onion Chutney Recipe-Vengaya Chutney Recipe for Idli Dosa

4. Cool to a temperature your mixie or blender can handle.
Indian Onion Chutney Recipe-Vengaya Chutney Recipe for Idli Dosa

5. Grind (with the tamarind, if using) to a smooth chutney. Water not required.
Indian Onion Chutney Recipe-Vengaya Chutney Recipe for Idli Dosa

Serve with idli, dosa, uthappam, etc.

Notes:

- Replace the onions with shallots (chinna vengayam, ulli) for a different flavour and if you have the patience to peel them.

- You can add some water to the chutney if you want a looser consistency. You can also temper the chutney with some mustard seeds popped in some oil. I have not tried this. My complicate a simple thing?

I prefer Vengaya Chutney undiluted, untempered, and thick. It's delicious!