Chutney recipes for dosa idli pongal

Onion tomato chutney


  • Roast one table spoons gram dhal and a few red chillies in little oil
  • Cut onion and tomato into slices.  For one tomato take two onions
  • Take 3-4 table spoons oil in a vaanali ( vessel ) and fry the onion
  • Onion need not be chopped into fine pieces.  However the smaller they are the easier it is to fry
  • Once onions are partially fried add the tomatoes and fry
  • We can add a pinch of turmeric powder and it is optional
  • Add salt according to your requirement
  • When the tomatoes are also cooked / fried remove and allow them to cool
  • Then grind the tomato , onion, gram dhal and red chillies mixture in a grinder 
  • Saute with mustard and urad dhall
  • Serve as a side dish for idly and dosa
  • The advantage of this chutney it is simple, easy to make . 
  •  Since the ingredients are very few it can be prepared very quick. 
  •  The flavour of the chutney is from the onion tomato combination and proportion.
  • The advantage of this chutney is that the taste is very good




Tomato chutney without garlic or onion | no onion no garlic recipe

Some do not like the flavour of onion and garlic .  There are also some people who avoid onion and garlic during festivals  like Varalakshmi Vratham, Navratri or  when they perform Vrat.

I have used local tomatoes and diced them into small pieces so that it is easy to cook.


Take urad dhal - 2 teaspoons , few dried red chillies , asafoetida ( hing or perungayam ) and roast in a little  oil  .  Remove them and allow them to cool.


Meanwhile , add the tomatoes to the vessel after adding oil and cook them.  Add a little turmeric  powder and salt


Once they are cool , transfer the dhal  , chillies and tomatoes to a mixer and grind into a fine paste


Saute with mustard and urad dhal.    If you want flavour of asafoetida add some more.  Tomato chutney for idli , dosa side dish


Onion peanut chutney | ground nut and onion chutney recipe

Take two teaspoons of urad dhal  , two table spoons of peanuts , a few red chillies according to the karam you may need,  two medium sized onions and amla size tamarind

Urad dhal and chillies are roasted in oil.  If the peanuts or ground  nuts are raw fry them is oil , if they are already roasted , roast in a little  oil.

Two medium sized onions are cut into pieces and fried in a vessel with tamarind.  Add them to the already ready mixture of chillies , urad dhal and ground nuts . Add salt  as  required.  Allow them to cool and then grind  in a mixer.   Saute with mustard and urad dhal. Serve as a side dish for idli or dosa.





Pudina coconut and onion chutney

  • Take a small onion and chop into small pieces
  • Fry the onion pieces with a little oil
  • Take four table spoons of grated coconut and one table spoon of fried gram dhall
  • I have used a few pudina ( mint ) leaves and green chillies 
  • ( These are from my garden and so they are organic vegetables !)
  • I have not added tamarind because I squeeze half a slice of lemon in the chutney
  • Add salt according to your requirement
  • After the onion cools , grind all the ingredients in a mixer
  • Saute with mustard, urad dhal and a few curry leaves 
  • It is an easy and tasty side dish for idly, dosai and pongal 




Pudina thokku | Mint thokku recipe in Tamil

This is one of the most tasty side dishes that can be prepared.  Mint by itself gives a beautiful flavour to any recipe we prepare.  I have added a video in Tamil on how to prepare this recipe.  This video is in Tamil and is from my YouTube channel - Rangolisansdots that has lots of rangoli , some recipes and crafts

Coconut gram dhal chutney | Thengai pottu kadalai chutney


  • For one half part coconut ( grated ) and  fried gram dhal  .  Fried Gram dhal is half of the quantity of coconut
  • Green chillies , three to four according to your taste
  • Tamarind a small ball size of an amla , instead of tamarind we can squeeze a lemon also
  • Salt according to your requirement
  • Asafoetida is also sprinkled on the mixture
  • To enhance the taste we can add two garlic cloves or two to three shallots 
  • Now add this to a mixer and wet grind
  • Saute with mustard , urad dhal and curry leaves and add to the ground mixture

Kadalai paruppu thengai  thogayal 

  • This is common side dish with gram dhal and grated coconut
  • This may not qualify as a side dish for idli or dosa , we may use it little diluted though
  • The ingredients  are two table spoons gram dhal, few red chillies , half tea spoon mustard and asafoetida for flavour
  • Add a little oil in a vessel ( vanali ) and roast them till the dhal turns golden brown
  • Add four table spoons grated coconut
  • Add salt as required
  • After the roasted ingredients cool , add water and grind in a mixer
  • This is actually a side dish for white rice 
  • I prepare it for dinner sometimes when sambar and rasam have been used 
  • ( probably the children liked them very much that day and that is quite rare as we all know !)





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