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Kara chutney recipe | side dish for idli | dosa

by Jeyashri suresh
kara chutney
Chutneys without coconut are always preferred in most of the houses. This Kara chutney also is a recipe of chutney without coconut and even garlic too. This a very simple chutney which i learnt from my north indian friend,, married to a south indian guy. She cooks both the cuisine very well . We were neighbours few years back but we speak over phone quite often.  Very recently, while talking to her, she was having her breakfast.  She told she was having dosa with kara chutney. Then i suddenly remembered the kara chutney which she makes was so yummy and asked her for the recipe. I made the exact chutney on the same day and enjoyed it with dosa. Over to the recipe of kara chutney.


Kara Chutney

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

    Onion   2
    Tomato  1
    Red chilli  5-6
     Urad dal – 1 tsp (optional)
     Tamarind  A small gooseberry size
     Oil   3 tsp
     Mustard seeds 1/4 tsp
     Salt   As needed
     Asafoetida  a pinch 


  • Chop the onions and tomatoes into small pieces.
  • In a pan add 2 tsp of oil and add the red chillis and tamarind. Saute in a medium low flame. If adding urad dal add now and saute till golden brown.
  • Keep this aside.
  • Saute the onions in a low flame till they become pink.

red chilli-tamarind

  • Add in the tomatoes and saute till they become mushy.Add salt. Always saute in a low flame.
  • Allow this to cool.


  • Grind this into a smooth paste adding necessary water.
  • Temper with mustard seeds an curry leaves in 1 tsp of oil.


  • Kara chutney is ready to serve. this tastes best with idli|dosa and even with chapathi too.

kara -chutney

  • Chana dal can be added instead of urad dal(if adding)
  • Coarsely Grind the red chilli and tamarind first and then add the onions and tomatoes.

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Sandhya Khattri February 24, 2014 - 1:13 pm

This chutney is new to me, thanks for sharing.

nandoos Kitchen February 24, 2014 - 1:45 pm

Lovely chutney.

Veena Theagarajan February 24, 2014 - 1:47 pm

one of my go to chutney.. looks good

Laxmi Priya February 24, 2014 - 3:52 pm

our fav chutney.. looks too good.. like its color.. 🙂

Sundari Nathan February 24, 2014 - 4:50 pm

Same pinch Jey 🙂 I have posted the same kara chutney recipe today. Do have a look when u find time.. Love your stainless steel katori!!!

Arjunan Akilandeswari February 25, 2014 - 1:34 am

Tasty chutney.. Yummy...

Kaveri Venkatesh February 25, 2014 - 7:29 am

With this chutney I can have a couple of extra idlies...Looks so tempting

Shama Nagarajan February 25, 2014 - 10:00 am

delicious flavourful chutney

GEETHA ACHAL February 25, 2014 - 2:25 pm

Tempting chutney perfect with hot idlis...

Chitra Ganapathy February 25, 2014 - 4:19 pm

I too make the same way for my guests.It tastes great for hot idlies ! 😉

sujatha subramanian February 25, 2014 - 4:26 pm

After grinding saute for a few minutes in thil oil. This adds more flavour and taste

sujatha subramanian February 25, 2014 - 4:26 pm

After grinding saute for a few minutes in thil oil. This adds more flavour and taste

Hamaree Rasoi February 25, 2014 - 6:10 pm

Delicious and colorful looking chutney recipe. Wonderfully prepared.

divya February 25, 2014 - 8:37 pm

Beautifully presented,u made me hungry dear..Loved it ,superb!!

Sona S February 26, 2014 - 2:34 am

delicious and tempting chutney..

Dew Drops July 17, 2014 - 10:45 am

nice presetation..its mouth watery

Radhika Thyagarajan July 12, 2015 - 3:53 pm

Thanks for the recipe, came out very well 🙂

Binota December 7, 2020 - 11:14 am

Hello Jeyashri!!! Thank you for this recipe, I had messaged you in 2016 for this recipe when I had it at Sarvanabhavan restaurant. Will surely try this and let you know how it turned out.?


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