Tuesday 8 October 2013

Onion Chutney /Onion Thokku– My mom’s Version [Side dish for Idlis, Dosas etc]

Today in Priya’s Virundhu it is a very authentic and traditional recipe of South India, none other than the Onion Chutney. But this onion chutney is a little different from the regular onion chutney. This onion chutney is my mom’s version which she learnt from my grandma. This onion chutney is commonly prepared in Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu in most of the houses. This is very delicious and easy onion chutney that can be prepared in a jiffy. So try it out friends you will really like it. Check out the other chutney varieties here.

Here’s how to make Onion Chutney with step by step photos…

Other Chutney & Thogaiyal varieties that might be of your interest...

Ellu Thogaiyal/Sesame Seeds Thogaiyal



2 big [cubed]

Red chilli powder

2 ½  tsp [adjust to taste]

Turmeric powder

¼ tsp


As needed


4 tsp

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes
Author: Priya Anandakumar


Cut the onions to big cubes. Blend it in the mixer to a fine paste.

Heat one tsp of oil in the kadai, add the ground onion paste, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt.

Mix everything well and let it cook for about 6-8 minutes. Add rest of the oil  when cooking the onions and mix really well. Make sure all the water is evaporated and the chutney looks the same as shown in the photo. Then switch off the stove.

Delicious and quick onion chutney is ready to be served with idlis, dosas etc.

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  1. thats an interestign chutney...gud done dear !

  2. wow yummy onion chutney ;) looks awesome, one big issue is it would cry through it all

  3. love d at collour...first time seeing this..

  4. Perfectly made.Nice


  5. wow.. looks fabulous...yummy dish...

  6. I use lots of onions for cooking and also, I just love them. Sometimes I pop the raw ones into my mouth. Lovely and tempting chutney and definitely will consider replicating it.

  7. this looks fabulous.. perfect side dish for idlis, dosas!.. m gonna try this!

  8. I do almost the same one but we call it as rojapoo chutney..Delicious..

  9. chutney looks delicious specially with those steamy hot idlis.

  10. wow. This is a super simple and easy chutney. I would definitely want to give this a try.
    Thanks for sharing.

  11. my all time fav chutney... love it with dosa...

  12. Chutney looks yummy and easy to prepare..

  13. wow very very delicious chutney :) looks super yummm and fingerlicking goodness , tempting me :)

  14. I am goig to try this after navratra..:)

  15. My favourit Onion Chutni Superb ! Thanks for sharing. ;)

  16. will try this version..my fave ..we call it ulli chammanthy but sans coriander and turmeric

  17. Very tempting irresistible chutney.. Idli and onion chutney semma combination.

  18. my mom makes this often for idly..easy and tempting chutney

  19. my all time favorite...need to prepare idlies tonight!

  20. My comfort food.. the chutney looks so delicious.. Even we make it the same way, except we add tomatoes some times. Also some times we cook it before grinding. Every thing gives a unique taste. I am yet to make posts on chutneys.. You have a good collection!

  21. new way to do onion chutney..simply superb..

  22. New method. Very interesting. Going to try this now itself.

    On-going event: What's with my cuppa?

  23. yummy and delicious chutney......

  24. delicious and yummy chutney.

  25. Thank you very much each and everyone of you for your lovely and wonderful comments....

  26. My favourite one, mouth watering here.
    Thanks for linking to WTML Event.


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