Thursday, November 5, 2009

Chutney Mela! Part - 1

Chutneys are one of the most vital side dishes of South India. There are so many varieties and variations in making them. Each of them have their own flavor and taste.

Their companionship with tiffin varieties are so much relished. :) Don't you agree with me????

I am presenting 8 types of chutneys in this post and I am sure to present lots more in the next part. :)

Curd/Marjiga Chutney

Marjiga chutney1


Curd - 3 tbsp
Coconut - 3 tbl sp

Roasted gram - 1 tblsp

Red Chilly - 3

Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp

Garlic - 2 pods

Asafoetida - a pinch

Turmeric powder - a pinch

Salt - for taste


Grind all the ingredients together into a fine paste. Season it with mustard and curry leaves.
This chutney has to be a little watery. Serve this with idly and dosa. :)

Marjiga chutney

Onion Chutney

Onion Chutney


Onion - 2
Green chilly - 2

Tamarind pulp - 1 tbsp

Jaggery - 1 tbsp

Salt - for taste


Grind all the ingredients together and season with mustard and curry leaves.

This chutney goes best with pongal. :)

Tomato Chutney

Tomato Chutney


Tomato - 2
Onion - 1
Green chilly - 1
Red chilly - 2
Coconut - 2 tbl sp
Roasted gram - 1 tbl sp
Salt - for taste


Chop tomatoes, onion and green chillies roughly. Fry them along with red chillies for a while. Now grind all the other ingredients along with the fried vegetables into a fine paste. Finally season it with mustard and curry leaves.
This chutney goes best with dosa. yummmmm :)

Garlic Chutney

Garlic Chutney


Garlic - 1 full
Chilly powder - 2 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Salt - for taste


Grind garlic, chilly powder and salt together into a very fine paste. Now add lemon juice to it and mix well. Finally season it with mustard and curry leaves.

Note: You can substitute lemon juice with turmeric paste too. Add 2 tsp of oil for seasoning. This chutney is meant to be glossy. :)

Serve it with coconut dosa, rice dosa etc..

Urad Dhall Chutney

Urad dhall Chutney


Urad dhall - 1 tbsb
Red chillies - 3
Coconut - 2 tbsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Salt - for taste
Tamarind paste - 1 tsp


Take a spoon of oil in a pan and fry urad dhall and red chillies. Now grind this with all the other ingredients and finally season it with mustard.

Tri Color Chutney

Tri color chutney

Coconut Chutney


Coconut - 3 tbl sp Roasted gram - 1 1/2 tbl sp Green chilly - 1 or 2 Tamarind paste - 1 tsp Asafoetida - a pinch Salt - for taste


Grind all the ingredients together into a fine paste and season it with mustard and curry leaves.

Coriander Chutney


Coriander leaves - a bunch
Coconut - 3 tbl sp
Green chilly - 1 or 2

Tamarind paste - 1 tsp

Asafoetida - a pinch

Salt - for taste


Grind all the ingredients together into a fine paste and season it with mustard and curry leaves.

Red Chutney


Coconut - 3 tbl sp
Red chilly - 2
Onion - 1
Roasted gram - 1 tblsp
Tamarind paste - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Salt - for taste


Grind all the ingredients together into a fine paste and season it with mustard and curry leaves.
Serve it with idly or dosa. :)

I am happy to send these Chutneys to "Spicy Fiery Chutneys" event conducted in Ammaji Recipes blog and to "Pickles and chutneys" event conducted in Sreesha's Mom's recipe blog.

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Pari Vasisht said...

Hi Nithya, love your collection of chutneys and so well presented dear, I especially liked the 1st one, I guess the curd chutney. saving them to try one by one.

Priya Suresh said...

Lovely arrays of beautiful and colourful chutneys...Prefect entries Nithya!

vidhas said...

Awesome chutney mela. Looking forward for the other part Nithya. Curd chutney is new to me. Awesome presentation and clicks.

Shanthi Krishnakumar said...

Oh!!! Variety of chutneys mouthwatering. Nice chutneys for the event

Latha said...

Great collection of chutneys and very well presented as usual...

Raks said...

Bunch of superb chutneys..with bunch of gorgeous pictures! I love the first one the best!

Palidor said...

What delicious chutneys! I especially love the yellow color of the curd chutney.

My cooking experiments said...

Wow what array of chutneys yaar!Superb clicks there!

Vidya Rao said...

So colorful...and tasty they look!Great collection!

Sanjana said...

Nithya this post is great! So informative and the pictures are beautiful! Really great job!

Saraswathy Balakrishnan said...

Just loved ur collection of chutney ma..I haven't tried garlic and ural dah chutney..will soon and let u know..thanks for sharing and looking forward for more:D

Sushma Mallya said...

Lovely colourful chutney...each one seems very delicious by its recipe and its look

Anupama said...

What a colorful array of chutneys here Nithya.. wonderful!

gtyuk said...

all colourful delicious chutneys! love the tricolored one, well presented all of them!!

San!!! said...

Excellent combo of chutneys which will be useful for many.They have been dressed up so neatly.

Deepti said...

very colourful n amazing chutneys...needless to say NICE CLICKS.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Wow !!!!! what a collection of chutneys.....nice presentation & also bookmarked it.

Anu Nandu said...

An excellent post - and a perfect collection of chutneys. When can I come over to your house for breakfast? LOL!

Unknown said...

Wow mouthwatering chutneys nice post.

Rohini said...

Great job Nithi!! You made me drool :)

Menaga Sathia said...

ரொம்ப சூப்பரா இருக்கு நித்யா!!அதுவும் அந்த பூண்டு சட்னி கலர் வெகு சூப்பர்ர்ர்!!

priya said...

superb chutneys!!...perfect entries for the event, dear!

Jen Kumar said...

Wow!! Impressive. What is a good main dish to eat with urad dhal chutney?

Unknown said...

Loved ur chutney mela...great collection chutney!!Thanks for sharing.

Sanghi said...

Mmm... tempting fierry chutneys nithi..! Love all!;)

Unknown said...

great collection of delicious chutneys!

Ammu said...

Wonderful & colorful collections of chutneys at one spot. Lovely.

Abhilash Pillai said...

I like the theree colour chutney.

It looks attractive.

I like chutneys a lot in my meal. They are really superb for a perfect meal. I prefer thick coconut chutney with rice and watered fried one with idli.

My aunt always prepares chutney for me to have rice.

It is a super combination when chutney is eaten with rice, curd and puickles.

Parita said...

Wow thats some wonderful collection of chutneys dear!

Bhawna said...

Thank u for posting all the gorgeous chutney in one post. Very handy. Very nice pictures. Thanks again.

Archana said...

Thats a really chutney buffet !! Beautiful presentation...Curd chutney is something really new..never tried that one before..lovely clicks

Anuradha said...

Hey... Wonderful presentation! Lovely thought of having such a mela. All the best!

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Hi nithi chutney mela is superb treat for eyes... keep going.

suvaiyaana suvai said...

all chutney are really good!!

Malar Gandhi said...

Hi Nithya, lovely collection up there....too good. Love all the entries.

Indrani said...

love all the tempting and your pics are so're one talented collect some awards from my awards for my followers post

Phayas AbdulRahman said...

its first time here... sangathy kalakkan ketto.. super.. ineeem poratte items... :)

Anonymous said...

awesome chutneys...

my kitchen said...

Wow lovely chutneys,Want to try ur curd & garlic chutney,(new version) good collection

Nivedita Thadani said...

What will I comment on these tasty chutneys, as I will not have fingers to type after tasting and (eating off!!!!) my fingers till I taste and finish all these!!!
Wonderful mela!!
Can you share a very small portion of your brain with me!!!

Mythreyi Dilip said...

What a array of colorful chutneys, ur rocking dear. Book marking urad dal chutney and Garlic chutney:)

My cooking experiments said...

Hey nithya.That is a lovely collection of chutneys.I am from the same same hometown as yours but married and settled here for now.I am following you already .Pleasure knowing you since we hail from the same place.Chk out my blog when you find time not as good as yours but still ...

Unknown said...

Apt for the event, bookmarked the page. Colorful and variety of chutneys!!

Jen Kumar said...

Nithya Hi! I was inspired to make the tomato chutney today with slight variations. Here's a snap!

sinu said...

wonderful, this was the one i was searching for.Add pickles also.andhra pickles!!!!
looking forward for more

KS said...

A fantastic collection that you've shared with us... Thank you!

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