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Onion Tambuli Recipe: Summer Side Dish From India

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Onion tambuli

Onion tambuli

Onion Tambuli From Mangalore and Udupi

Tambuli is a type of raita that is made using buttermilk (curd). This is a very famous recipe from the coastal region of Karnataka, Mangalore and Udupi. In the summer, this dish is commonly served to help combat the hot weather.

There are many types of tambuli, including methi tambuli, doddapatre tambuli, tomato tambuli, cucumber tambuli and so on. All are heavenly.

Today we are making onion tambuli. It is tasty, healthy and easy to prepare.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

7 min

3 min

10 min

3 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh coconut, grated
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3-4 red chilies, or to taste
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup water, or as needed
  • 1/2 cup curd
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon hing (asafoetida)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves

Instructions

  1. In a mixer jar, add fresh grated coconut, chopped onion, red chilies and salt. Add water, close the lid and grind to a smooth paste.
  2. Transfer this ground paste to a vessel. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, add curd and water. Whisk well to form buttermilk structure.
  4. Add this buttermilk to the ground paste and mix well. Onion tambuli is ready.
  5. Make the tempering: In a frying pan, heat the oil and splutter the mustard seeds. Add red chilies, curry leaves and hing (asafoetida). Mix well and switch off the flame.
  6. Add the tempering to the prepared tambuli.
  7. Serve with hot rice and enjoy.

Step-by-Step Photo Guide

In a mixer jar, add 1/2 cup fresh grated coconut, 1 medium chopped onion, 2-3 red chilies and salt to taste. Add 1/2 cup of water.

In a mixer jar, add 1/2 cup fresh grated coconut, 1 medium chopped onion, 2-3 red chilies and salt to taste. Add 1/2 cup of water.

Close the lid and grind to a smooth paste.

Close the lid and grind to a smooth paste.

Transfer the ground paste to a vessel. Set aside.

Transfer the ground paste to a vessel. Set aside.

In a bowl, combine 1/2 cup curd and 1/2 cup of water.

In a bowl, combine 1/2 cup curd and 1/2 cup of water.

Whisk well to form buttermilk structure.

Whisk well to form buttermilk structure.

Add this buttermilk to the ground paste.

Add this buttermilk to the ground paste.

Mix well. Onion tambuli is ready.

Mix well. Onion tambuli is ready.

Make the tempering: In a frying pan, heat 1 teaspoon oil and splutter 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds. Add 1-2 red chilies, a sprig of curry leaves and 1/4 teaspoon hing. Mix well and switch off the flame.

Make the tempering: In a frying pan, heat 1 teaspoon oil and splutter 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds. Add 1-2 red chilies, a sprig of curry leaves and 1/4 teaspoon hing. Mix well and switch off the flame.

Add the tempering to the prepared tambuli.

Add the tempering to the prepared tambuli.

Easy and tasty onion tambuli is ready to serve. Serve with hot rice and enjoy.

Easy and tasty onion tambuli is ready to serve. Serve with hot rice and enjoy.

Cooking Notes

  • You can replace red chilies with green chilies. This will give you white tambuli.
  • Instead of chilies, black peppercorns can be used.
  • Generally, buttermilk, from which butter is extracted, is used for making tambuli.