Last weekend, I got my dosa batter and potato curry ready for the breakfast but to my surprise i found that i didn't have a coconut for the chutney... Hmmm what to do, just called mom for her spicy fresh onion chutney. ( Thank god, i atleast had some sweet vidalia onions on hand ). Yep fresh sweet onion chutney with green chillies, tamarind, cilantro and curry leaves is so easy to make and tastes so yummm!! This chutney goes very well with dosa and idly, i never had it with rice. Mom asked me to make this only if the onions do not have strong flavor and too much water. Best option would be either shallots or red onions and Sweet onions would be the next option. Usually mom prefers mortar and pestle for this chutney instead of regular mixer/blender. One tip from mom, run the blender under pulse mode to get chunky texture you get from using mortar and pestle.
- 1 cup onions( shallots / red onions / firm sweet onions )
- 2-3 green chillies to taste
- 2-3 inches long tamarind
- curry leaves
- First soak the tamarind in enough water for 10-15 mins, and once saoked deseed it and keep aside.
- In a blender / a big mortar pestle ( rubbu rolu ) grind green chillies, soaked tamarind( do not add soaked water ), cilantro and curry leaves along with salt.
- Once they are chopped fine enough, add chopped onions and pulse the blender a few times. Make sure the chutney is not smooth like a paste, it should be chunky otherwise the chutney will have strong bitter taste from raw onions.
- Adjust salt to taste and the chutney is now ready to relish.