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Garlic chutney recipe | Side dish for idli dosa

by Jeyashri suresh
Garlic chutney recipe
Recipe updated with video    
This garlic chutney is my all time favorite ,which i learnt from my mom. This is a quite popular chutney in Madurai, my home town.  Almost all the household make this,also we can get this in all road side eatery outlets too. Somehow my husband and kids don’t prefer this garlic chutney,since it is bit spicy from the normal one i make. So i don’t make often at home. Few days back when i made dosa for dinner, i thought of making this one for me . I enjoyed this with dosa and my family had dosa with coconut chutney!!

Garlic chutney

  Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 5 Mins |Serves: 2-3

     Shallots | small onion   8-10
     Garlic   8-9 pods
     Red chili  6-7 red chili
     Tamarind   a small gooseberry sized
     Salt  as needed
     Sesame oil  2 tblsp
     Mustard seeds   1/4 tsp
     Curry leaves  few 
Video on how to make Garlic chutney



  • Peel the skin of garlic and shallots .
  • Soak the tamarind in water for 10 minutes.
  • Add the shallots, garlic ,red chili, tamarind and salt into the mixie.
  • Grind this into a fine paste.
  • Transfer it to a bowl.
  • In  a small pan add sesame oil and add the mustard seeds.
  • When it splutters ,switch off the flame and add curry leaves.
  • Add it on the top of the chutney.
  • Serve with dosa or idli.
Garlic chutney

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sowmya's creative saga February 19, 2011 - 2:30 am

garlic thokku sounds so yumm..I was infact planning to make this after my vengayam thokku which was a hit at home..

vidhas February 19, 2011 - 3:10 am

I love this chutney for dosa. I use toamtoes instead of tamarind. Lovely clicks.

Sharmilee! :) February 19, 2011 - 3:15 am

Yummy chutney…I luv garlic in any form. Perfect for idlis and dosas.Luv the way u have written garlic chutney in the first pic…cute presentation too

Rekha shoban February 19, 2011 - 3:29 am

tempting chutney…perfect with idly and dosa!!nice presentation jeya!

aipi February 19, 2011 - 3:56 am

I am a total garlicaholic..lol..and this chutney sounds heavenly to me 🙂

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Shama Nagarajan February 19, 2011 - 4:00 am

yummy chutney…love this…we make it in a bit different way

Reshmi February 19, 2011 - 4:32 am

hi jeyashri,

first time here and you've a great collection of recipes.. Ginger chutney looks perfect.. love to follow u!


The Foodie February 19, 2011 - 5:36 am

Garlic chutney is looking wow..so many times it happens when our family doesn't like something which we do..so its good to make something exclusively for us once a while 🙂

priya February 19, 2011 - 5:41 am

chutney looks superb..:)

Prathibha February 19, 2011 - 5:52 am

Chutney looks fiery n yummy..love to smear it inside d dosa…nice color…

Priti February 19, 2011 - 6:03 am

I just made yday nite for myself too …and finished everything in one go ….now you are tempting me again

Aruna Manikandan February 19, 2011 - 7:16 am

yummy chutney dear 🙂

Anonymous February 19, 2011 - 7:18 am

how cute is that spoon of yours..? and a nice recipe..too ! 🙂

Padhu February 19, 2011 - 8:06 am

Garlic Chutney is looking delicious!

RAKS KITCHEN February 19, 2011 - 8:14 am

Long time since I made garlicky chutney,feel like having this with hot dosa Jeyashri,superb! Me like the spoon with garlic chutney printed in it 🙂

Sushma Mallya February 19, 2011 - 9:35 am

Looks v nice Jaishree..love to have this with idli/dosa would be v nice….will try it next time… I love garlic flavour 🙂

Pari February 19, 2011 - 9:53 am

Hi. Nice version of garlic chutney and nicely presented too.


Laavanya February 19, 2011 - 3:18 pm

I love spicy poondu chutney too.

Premalatha Aravindhan February 20, 2011 - 12:03 am

yummy chutney,i too love the spoon…luks cute!

divya February 20, 2011 - 12:26 am

Healthy chutney.. looks awesome…

Torviewtoronto February 20, 2011 - 1:33 am

chutney looks flavourful and delicious
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Saraswathi Iyer February 20, 2011 - 1:41 am

the clicks are so tempting and perfect. If you wish do send it to my event in my blog.

SpicyTasty February 20, 2011 - 5:04 am

yummy and spicy chutney.

Akila February 20, 2011 - 11:18 am

wow… so tangy and yummy… i want to taste it now itself…
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Sheeba Asariah February 20, 2011 - 5:13 pm

spicy and yummm…. and garlic is soooooooooooo good for health….. will def try this

Priya February 20, 2011 - 7:05 pm

Delicious and droolworthy chutney,love it anytime..

Jay February 21, 2011 - 1:12 pm

want to taste now with my spongy idlies..
Tasty appetite

Lavi February 21, 2011 - 1:24 pm

Super chutney!! perfect for hot idli's..

Rachana February 21, 2011 - 2:23 pm

Delicious chutney!

PALATABLE February 21, 2011 - 3:20 pm

Love this spicy and tangy chutney! Looks yum…


Sarah Naveen February 21, 2011 - 9:15 pm

That looks so yummy dear!!

Sandhya Hariharan February 21, 2011 - 11:27 pm

Yummy Yumm.. Nice click .. and the way you have added garlic chutney on the spoon .. is cutie..

Sharmi February 22, 2011 - 4:48 am

I will make this today. Looks very nice. I have a doubt. you have not fried both onion and garlic will they not smell raw?

admin February 22, 2011 - 6:19 am

Thanks fo visiting SHARMI.
After eating the chutney you will have a garlic smell in mouth ,but trust me, while eating it will taste so nice. Since we add moe sesame oil it will be yummy.Go for it

sanjeeta kk February 22, 2011 - 12:21 pm

Would love to try this garlic chutney with my dosa's soon.

Pavithra February 22, 2011 - 3:53 pm

Love this chutney as well… I too make this way and absolutely love it with idli , dosa, adai yumm.. seriously when I am typing i started to droo. Pictures are class asusual.

Priya's Feast February 22, 2011 - 5:48 pm

I luv garlic chutney..Its better to have for dinner than BF,Or else we feel smelly more…Wonderful recipe ,jayashree

Panchpakwan February 22, 2011 - 6:05 pm

Looks spicy and delicious garlic chutney.

Kalpana Sareesh February 24, 2011 - 10:01 am

love this one..

Ramya March 1, 2011 - 1:45 pm

Mouth watering:-) Perfect for idly and Dosa:-)
First time in ur lovely space. You hav a good collection here!!

Fishy May 31, 2012 - 7:35 pm

Looks very yummy. I am just about to make my Dosa and was looking for a good chutney. This seems perfect. But, I am a bit doubtful if I should fry the onion and garlic or they remain raw? Wont it be very raw if not sauted?

Fishy May 31, 2012 - 7:36 pm

Looks perfect and yummy. Dont we need to saute the onion, garlic. wont it be too raw otherwise? Will try it out now

admin June 1, 2012 - 6:13 am

this will not taste raw and add the oil very hot.

Anuradha Prasan January 8, 2019 - 7:48 pm

Hi nice recipe..in the step where you have mentioned to add ingredients to mixer, instead of garlic, onion is typed..kindly change it.
Hope u won't mistake this.

Jeyashris Kitchen January 9, 2019 - 9:58 am

Thank you so much for mentioning that. Thanks a bunch.

Lata March 10, 2021 - 10:43 am

Do we have to grind shallots and garlic raw?

Jeyashri suresh March 10, 2021 - 5:01 pm

Yes raw only.


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