Pearl Onion and Peanut Chutney

The momentum has not gone down! After blogging non-stop last month for the A- Z themed Mega Blogging Marathon, I just could not keep myself away from posting a recipe today.

Today's post is a simple side dish that goes well with South Indian Tiffin items like Idli and Dosa. If you are bored having the regular sambar and coconut chutney as a side dish, try this one,you will find that this is quite different and a good combo, both with fluffy idli's and crisp dosas...


I used:

Pearl Onions / Shallots - 20 numbers, peeled and roughly chopped
Roasted peanuts -1/4 cup
Curry leaves- a few stalks
Tamarind- a small blueberry size / 1/2 teaspoon tamarind extract
Red chilies-3
Asafoetida powder- a pinch
Oil-1 teaspoon
Salt to taste


  1. Heat a pan with oil and out in pearl onion,tamarind bits, red chili,asafoetida powder,curry leaves and saute till onion turns soft.
  2. Add the peanuts and turn off the flame and allow to cool.
  3. Grind to a smooth paste adding a little water and salt [ + tamarind paste if using instead of tamarind bits]

Serve as a side dish with Idli and dosa

Usually I don't temper this chutney. If you like a tempering , heat oil and temper with mustard, cumin seeds, chana dal and pour over chutney.Mix well and serve....


Bon Appetit...

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