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Showing posts with label chutney for vadas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label chutney for vadas. Show all posts

August 10, 2021

The Story of Idlis: Chutneys and Accompaniments - Creamy Coconut Chutney

Does the aroma of spices wake up your senses? Does the grating of fresh coconut get you riled up? Then you really enjoy cooking and eating. 

Today we are making creamy coconut chutney that is served at most South Indian restaurants as a condiment or chutney for idli and/or dosa. 

I myself haven't eaten this chutney in a long time and was excited when my mom made warm, fluffy idli and served it with this creamy coconut chutney.  I think you can eat this chutney with any type of idlis


  • ½ cup of roasted chana dal
  • 1/3 cup of dry roasted and de-skinned peanuts
  • ¼ cup fresh coriander, chopped
  • 2 small green chilies or per taste, peeled and finely chopped 
  • 1" piece of ginger, peeled and grated
  • Size of walnut of dry tamarind, soaked in ¼ cup of water, remove strings
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp salt, or per taste
Ingredients for the seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp Urad/black gram dal
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 dry red chili, broken into 1" pieces (optional)
  • a pinch of Hing or Asaphoetida
  • 5 to 6 curry leaves, chopped

In the blender, add roasted chana dal, peanuts, cumin seeds, chilies, and powder the mixture. Next, add ginger, coriander, tamarind with water and salt, and then add enough water to make the mixture into a thick sauce consistency. Blend again to a smooth paste. Taste the chutney and add salt per your taste. Scoop out the chutney into a serving bowl. 

In an egg pan or tadka pan, warm oil on low to medium heat. Add urad dal and stir for 30 seconds until it turns golden. Then add mustard and cumin seeds, and red chili. Saute for another 30 to 40 seconds. When they sizzle, remove from heat and add Hing and curry leaves, stir for few seconds and immediately add the seasoning to the chutney. 

Mix well and serve the chutney with idli, dosa, vada, or upma per your liking. 😋

March 18, 2012

Tangy Tomato Chutney

Who says you can't play with your food and eat it too? These idlis really know how to "chill" out and soak in the flavor! Can't wait to pop 'em in my mouth!

One of my favorite South Indian dishes is Idlis. They are savory steamed cakes made with husked black gram and rice. You'll never find idlis without the accompaniment of the chutney powder and/or sambhar. However lately, I've been craving for something different; that's not traditional and doesn't require a lot of preparation. We experimented with a few ingredients and came up with another option. It's called Tangy Tomato Chutney and it's also a great dipping sauce for vadas, dosas, garelu (mini lentil patties) and even paratha

Chutney Ingredients:
  • 1½ lbs Firm Red Tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 to 4 Green Chilies, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp Mustard Seeds
  • ½ tsp Whole Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Peanut Butter
  • ½ tsp Turmeric
  • ½ tsp Salt, adjust for your taste
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable oil, for seasoning

Heat oil in a saucepan and add mustard and cumin seeds. When they splutter, add green chilies and mix well for a minute. Add chopped tomatoes, salt, brown sugar and mix well. Cook them under closed lid for 5 to 6 minutes and let the mixture cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Then blend the cooked vegetables along with peanut butter under pulse mode to making sure all ingredients are mixed well. Once it reaches a smooth consistency, transfer the sauce into a serving dish and enjoy with your favorite dish.