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How to Make Red Onion Chutney in 10 Minutes

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Red onion chutney (sauce)

Red onion chutney (sauce)

Easy Red Onion Chutney

This onion chutney sauce can be made in a jiffy. It is spicy, aromatic, and tasty. Use it as a side dish for boiled rice, idli, or pancakes. You can also use it as a dip for snacks!

Cook Time

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10 min

10 min

A bowl of chutney or sauce


For the chutney:

  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon fried gram, optional, gives thickness to this chutney
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • Blueberry-sized tamarind, soaked in water for 20 minutes
  • 6 red chilies, mix of hot and less hot varieties.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander seeds

For the tempering:

  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon white lentils
  • 6 curry leaves
  • 1 red chili, broken
  • 1 teaspoon oil


  1. Chop onions. Put them in a mixer or grinder. Add grated coconut, fried gram, coriander seeds, dry red chilies, soaked tamarind, and salt.
  2. Add some water and grind to get a near-smooth sauce or chutney. Add more water if needed to adjust the consistency. This chutney should be semi-solid.
  3. Make the tempering: Heat oil in a small pan. Add mustard seeds, broken red chilies, white lentils, and curry leaves. Let the mustard crackle. By this time, lentils should turn golden.
  4. Pour the tempering on the chutney. Mix it at the time of serving.
  5. Onion red chutney is ready to serve. Eat it with boiled rice, dosa, idli, pancakes, or snacks. Enjoy!

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