Recipe for Indian Onion Salad/Chutney/Dip for Poppadoms

Updated on April 25, 2017
Indian onion chutney salad recipe
Indian onion chutney salad recipe

Indian Onion Salad Recipe

Everyone enjoys the fresh, crisp taste of onions, cucumbers, and garden mint. You have come to the right place to learn how to make Indian onion salad, or chutney, as some people call it.

This is a recipe for an onion salad that's traditionally eaten with Indian poppadoms, but that doesn't mean you cannot eat it with anything else!

You may already buy poppadoms and jars of chutneys from supermarkets or takeaways, but now you can make your own fresh onion salad at home.

The quick and easy recipe for this salad uses simple ingredients, listed below:

  • 3 onions
  • 1/3 cucumber
  • 2 tomatoes
  • Handful of coriander leaves
  • Fresh garden mint sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of crushed methi leaves (fenugreek leaves)
  • 1 slice of fresh lemon

The ingredients for Indian onion chutney
The ingredients for Indian onion chutney
Indian Chutney Tray
Indian Chutney Tray


1. Get a clean chopping board and a clean vegetable cutting knife you feel comfortable using.
2. Dice all three onions very finely and place them in a clean medium-sized bowl.

Chop the onions and place them in a bowl
Chop the onions and place them in a bowl

3. Dice the cucumber and tomato very finely. Leave the mint sauce, methi leaves, fresh slice of lemon and coriander until last.

Dice the remaining vegetables
Dice the remaining vegetables

4. Cut the fresh slice of lemon and coriander as finely as possible. The finer you cut them, the better the tastes will meld together.
5. Place everything in the bowl, including the mint sauce and methi leaves.

All of the ingredients for Indian onion chutney
All of the ingredients for Indian onion chutney

6. Mix all the ingredients together slowly and as carefully as possible so as not to squash them. You do not want to release the moisture from the ingredients.

VoilĂ ! There you have it: onion salad you made yourself to enjoy with poppadoms from your local Indian restaurant or supermarket!


How to Chop an Onion

Tomato-Onion Salad and Other Ways to Spice up Your Chutney

Below is a video on how to make Indian onion chutney with a twist. Instead of fresh tomatoes, mint, and cucumber, it adds canned plum tomatoes, chopped green chilis, and garlic. The ingredients are all mixed in a bowl and then placed on a plate ready to eat with your favourite curry or poppadoms—or anything else, for that matter.

This recipe can be easily modified with different ingredients. For example, you can use roasted tomatoes instead of tinned plum tomatoes to get that barbecue flavour. And if you're looking for something spicy, this Indian onion salad is especially tasty if you add black fried bird's eye chilis.

Questions & Answers


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        Ian Stangoe 

        5 months ago

        Making this tonight, can anyone tell how much mint to put in ....... teaspoon ? or more

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        Lol Benson 

        7 months ago

        Superb quick and easy use mint sauce in jar, ignore the rest of the moaners, my family love it. cheers hic

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        15 months ago

        To rid the onions of their "onion sting" after chopping soak them in some basic vinegar. After 5 mins rinse with cold water, drain well and proceed with the recipe.

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        Gous Ahmed 

        19 months ago from Muslim Nation

        I always use Colman's Garden Mint available at any supermarket.

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        Gous Ahmed 

        19 months ago from Muslim Nation

        It is all about the onions! When you mix all the ingredients together you get the best taste!

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        Amanda fazackerley 

        22 months ago

        Thank-you for this's lovely and fresh. I think people have been a bit confused by the mint sauce element....I just used a few mint leaves. The onions aren't as strong if you put them (chopped) in a bowl of water for a few hours..thanks again...delicious!

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        23 months ago

        load of crap.

        the onions will be too strong.

        indian restaurants do something to make them mild

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        2 years ago

        The Indian Onion Salad Recipe asks for fresh garden mint sauce. Could you please confirm how this is made, or could you just purchase a mint sauce from a supermarket? Thanks.

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        Tish Rybak 

        2 years ago

        The recipe for the Indian Onion Salad asks for fresh garden mint sauce. How is this made or can you use a shop bought mint sauce?

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        John Goodwin White 

        4 years ago from Scotland

        Very useful recipe with clear and concise instructions, I'll definitely be giving this a try. Thank you.

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        Gous Ahmed 

        6 years ago from Muslim Nation

        Garden mint?

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        6 years ago

        what is the stuff put on the onions thst we have with popadoms

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        Gous Ahmed 

        7 years ago from Muslim Nation

        It's just dessicated coconut with orange food colouring. Nothing special, just to make it look attractive.

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        7 years ago

        does anyone know what the orange coloured coconut type stuff is that is sometimes served with poppadoms?

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        Gous Ahmed 

        8 years ago from Muslim Nation

        @ Tenblogger, poppadoms are very nice aren't they? Especially with Onion salad, mango chutney and lime pickle! Yum yum!

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        Gous Ahmed 

        8 years ago from Muslim Nation

        @ akirchner, there you go indeed! I'm sure you'll enjoy it with whatever you decide to have it with.

        Thanks for your comment. Take care.

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        Gous Ahmed 

        8 years ago from Muslim Nation

        @ Dohn, yeah, i made this so easy so that you don't screw it up! Lol, joking. Try it and let me know what you think. Thanks for your comment.

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        Ten Blogger 

        8 years ago

        Poppadoms - Chutney recipe makes me hungry.. I can smell Poppadoms :)

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        Audrey Kirchner 

        8 years ago from Washington

        Sounds very delicious and quite interesting! Will have to try this and I love coriander so there ya go.

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        8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

        Wow! Even I cant' screw this up! I've been meaning to work with coriander and this seems like the proper way to start! Thanks, G Miah! I'm bookmarking this one for later use.

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        Gous Ahmed 

        8 years ago from Muslim Nation

        Thanks Keira, it is a nice salad for poppadoms which i used to make when i had catering businesses in the past. I sometimes have it with poppadoms, birianis or any other rice dish!

        Thank you for your comment!

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        8 years ago

        Mummm, I can almost test it.:) Nice recipe wich I will definitely give it a go. Thanks for sharing my dear bro.:D


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