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Onion Coconut Chutney

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Onions and coconut cooked together and pureed into a chutney, perfect with Dosa and Idli…

Chutneys are usually served with Dosa or Idli and a wide variety of chutney recipes are prepared in India. Tomato chutney, coconut chutney, mango chutney, eggplant chutney, the list just goes on…

Last weekend, I had the craving for having dosa. I used store bought dosa mix to make the batter and kept it in the oven overnight to ferment. On Saturday, I made dosa for brunch. I wanted to make chutney to serve along with dosa and thought onion would make a good candidate for chutney. I wasn’t wrong, cooked onions along with coconut was made into a chutney. Tasted really good and a perfect chutney to serve along with dosa or idli.

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coconut-onion chutney

Onion Coconut Chutney
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Indian
  • Oil- 1½ tbsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Whole dry red chilies- 2
  • Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  • Yellow Onions, chopped- 2
  • Ginger, chopped- 1 inch slice
  • Coconut, grated- ¾ cup
  • Turmeric powder- ⅛ tsp
  • Chili powder- ½ tsp ( add more if you need the chutney to be spicy)
  • Cumin powder- ½ tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  1. Heat a saucepan over medium heat, add oil and let it turn hot.
  2. Add mustard seeds, let it splutter.
  3. Add whole red chilies and curry leaves, saute for a few seconds.
  4. Add onions, season with salt and saute till onions turn golden in color.
  5. Add chopped ginger and grated coconut, saute for a few minutes.
  6. Add turmeric powder, chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and salt, combine well.
  7. Add more chili powder if you want the chutney to be spicy.
  8. Cook for a couple of minutes.
  9. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool down.
  10. Transfer the cooked onions and coconut into a blender, add ¼ cup to ½ cup water and puree to a coarsely smooth paste.
  11. Taste and add more salt if needed.
  12. Pour into a bowl and serve with Dosa or Idli.



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