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Guide to Making Black Lentil Flour Chutney (Udnittu)

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Black lentil flour chutney (udnittu).

Black lentil flour chutney (udnittu).

A Healthy and Mouthwatering Side Dish

Udnittu is a very popular side dish served in certain parts of Karnataka, India. Made with black gram (urad) flour, this chutney pairs well with steamed rice.

Black gram may improve digestion and boost energy, and it's a rich source of protein and vitamin B. It may help to prevent diabetes and improve bone mineral density. It is also considered to be good for the skin as well as for heart health.

You can make this mouthwatering dish in just 10 minutes.

Cook Time

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10 min

10 min

Serves four people

Ingredients

  • 1 cup split white lentil flour (urad flour)
  • 1 1/2 cups curds (moderately sour), alternatively, you can use sour buttermilk
  • 1/4 teaspoon hing (asafoetida), solid or powder
  • 1/4 inch ginger, minced
  • 4 to 5 green chilies, slit, cut lengthwise
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or as per taste
  • water, as needed

For the tempering:

  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil (or any other oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon split white lentils (urad dal)
  • 6 curry leaves
  • 1 dry chili, broken

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, add black lentil flour, curds, and salt. Mix well with your fingers. Make sure that there are no lumps.
  2. Next, add slit green chilies, minced ginger, and asafoetida. Mix well.
  3. Press the chilies so that the chutney will be spicy and tasty. (This chutney should be hot and spicy. Hence, it uses a bit more chilies, ginger, and salt compared to other chutneys.)
  4. If using solid asafoetida, confirm that it dissolves properly.
  5. The chutney is ready. Next, you have to add the tempering.
  6. Heat coconut oil in a small pan. Add mustard seeds and let them crackle. Throw in split white lentils, curry leaves, and broken chilies. Mix well.
  7. When the lentils turn golden brown, transfer the tempering to the chutney bowl. Turn off the heat.
  8. The udnittu is now ready. This is truly a tempting dish. Serve it with hot rice and enjoy the taste!

Photo Tutorial

Step one: Put all the dry ingredients for making udnittu into a mixing bowl.

Step one: Put all the dry ingredients for making udnittu into a mixing bowl.

Add curds.

Add curds.

Step two: Mix well with your fingers to form a smooth mixture. Add water if required to adjust the consistency. This chutney should be as thick as dosa batter.

Step two: Mix well with your fingers to form a smooth mixture. Add water if required to adjust the consistency. This chutney should be as thick as dosa batter.

Step three: Transfer the chutney to a serving dish.

Step three: Transfer the chutney to a serving dish.

Step four: Add tempering with coconut oil, as per instructions. Mix well. Serve this appetizing chutney with hot steamed rice. Enjoy the taste!

Step four: Add tempering with coconut oil, as per instructions. Mix well. Serve this appetizing chutney with hot steamed rice. Enjoy the taste!