Red onions are excellent source of healthy essential vitamins, minerals and phyto chemicals that provides long term health benefits. Including red onion in your diet may helps to prevent chronic diseases. Chutney are the perfect side dish for idly and dosa. This is my grand ma recipe, they are really spicy, pungent and flavorful chutney and very easy to make with few ingredients. Try this onion chutney without coconut for hot idly ,dosa and paniyaram.


               1 Big Red Onion
               2 Big Garlic Cloves
               2 Big Red Chilies
               1/2 Tsp of Tomato Paste (optional)
               Small Pinch of Tamarind
               Salt and Water as needed

    To Temper

               1.5 Tsp of Gingelly Oil
               1 Tsp of Mustard
               1 Tsp of Urad Dal
               Few Curry Leaves


  • Roughly chop the onion.
  • In a mixie (blender), add onion, red chilies, tomato paste, garlic, tamarind, salt and water, grind it to a smooth paste.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, urad dal, after it splutters, add the ground onion paste, cook it until it turns thick in consistency, for about 10 mins in a medium low flame.
  • Yummy onion chutney is ready to serve with hot idly or dosa or paniyaram.


  • You can make this chutney more spicy by adding 3 to 4 red chilies and little bit of red chilly powder.
  • You can also have this chutney without tempering, that tastes raw and spicy though, but it goes well with hot idlies.
  • Gingelly oil gives a nice taste to the chutney.
  • You can also skip the tomato paste, if you don’t want.

    Health Benefits of Red Onion

  • Red onion contains lot of organosulpur compoundd which is protective against cancer like prostate, colorectal and stomach cancers.
  • Another compound called onionin which reduces inflammation by suppresing the activity of immune cells. Anti-inflammatory effect is beneficial to people who has allergies, asthma and arthritis.
  • Onion contains chromium, which helps to regulate blood sugar.
  • Good source of minerals and vitamins like B6, K and C.
  • Allicin in onion fights against rejuvenative disease and fungi.
  • Increases the production of good cholesterol thereby prevents the heart diseases.

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26 Responses

  1. Onion chutney looks superb. Best accompaniment for idly or dosa

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  3. Rafeeda AR says:

    the onion chutney looks really yum…

  4. Razina Javed says:

    Chutney luks delicious….

  5. இந்த சட்னியுடன் இன்னும் 2 இட்லி கூட சாப்பிடலாம்..

  6. Lovely chutney and this is my all time fav too

  7. My favourite chutney…looks yum

  8. Jay says:

    can’t wait to try now…thanks for sharing ..:)

  9. yummy chutney perfect for idlis n dosas….

  10. super chutney love it dear….

  11. Eliza Lincy says:

    i love the sweetness of the onions in this chutney. yum..

  12. Looks very yummy and my favorite too.

  13. lovely chutney and best combo with dosai

  14. Hema says:

    Nice spicy chutney, looks very tempting with the dosa..

  15. Nice chutney for the dosa..

  16. I must admit that I have never had them… and its shameful to say that :)…. but they sound so good… will try it the next time when I make dosa..thanx for the recipe

  17. Temptin chutney.. Love to have with idly

  18. I’m not so much an onion person, but my husband would love this!

  19. Amy says:

    I love and adore onion chutney. Last time I made with regular yellow onions. Gotta give this one a try soon.

  20. Yum to both, the chutney and tosai to go with it.

  21. I love the color (and flavor!) of red onions, but don’t believe I’ve ever had one in a chutney. Gotta try this! Looks totally delish. Thanks.

  22. I make the same except tomato paste. Looks lovely with that dosa !

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