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April 17, 2014

Chettinad Vara Milagai Thuvayal(Red Chilli Chutney Recipe)- Chutney For Paniyaram

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Vara milagai chutney is a popular side dish for idli,dosa and paniyaram in Karaikudi-Chettinad region.This is one of the easiest chutney recipes & ideal for travel as it is without coconut.I think chettinad kara chutney and vara milagai thuvayal are the same because both have the same ingredients.Friends from Chettinad, please tell me if there is any difference.I would love to try that too.Sendhil doesn’t like spicy side dishes.So i was waiting for a good chance to try this chutney.Yesterday my parents were in my house.As my dad is fond of kara chutney,i tried this spicy red chilli chutney for him.He loved it a lot and told me to pack this chutney with idli for his travel to Hyderabad .Whenever we go to hotels,myself and my dad ask for more servings of kaara chutney than coconut chutney & sambar.We are a big big fan of thisHot smile.People looking for spicy side dishes must try this chutney.I am sure u will have at least 2 idlies more than your regular intakeWinking smile.

Kara chutney recipe

Kara chutney recipe Kara chutney recipe - Chettinad style - Tastes great with idli,dosa & paniyaram
Cuisine: Indian
Category: sidedishes
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes


  • Tomato - 1 no
  • Small onions - 20 nos or big onion - 2 no
  • Red chillies – 5 nos
  • Tamarind - a small piece(a big pinch)
  • Garlic cloves - 3 nos
  • Salt & water - as needed
To temper
  • Gingely oil - 3 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few

  • Grind tomato,red chillies,small onions,garlic cloves,tamarind with salt & water to a slightly coarse paste. (Tips Tips: Always pinch the tamarind into small pieces and use for grinding.It helps to grind smoothly)
Vara milagai chutney step1
  • Heat gingely oil in a pan and temper with mustard seeds,urad dal & curry leaves.Pour this chutney in hot oil and allow it to boil till raw smell emanates completely.Chutney thickens as well.
Vara milagai chutney step2
  • Remove & serve with idli,dosa or paniyaram.


  • Do not reduce the oil quantity for tempering as it helps to suppress the body heat developed by red chillies.It is good for your tummies too.
  • Use one big onion if u don’t have small onions in hand,
  • If u like the raw smell of onions & want more spicy,just temper & pour it on the chutney.No need to boil the chutney.
 Malligai poo idli with spicy hot vara milagai chutney for breakfast is a total bliss,Right?? Smile with tongue out 

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  1. this is one chutney that I take second servings at restaurants too!! just love it, but then the kids can't take that level of spice... must try this recipe sometime...

  2. ahem ahem.. join the club , i am a spicy lover, so as chutney, and when we go to hotel , we ask extra chutney :D lovely version

  3. wow! so yummy I am a spice lover too....

  4. hot hot chutney .. perfect fr a spice lover like me..

  5. i usually do it with reduced spice .yours looks so hot n tempting

    1. Yes dear.I too usually add only 2 red chillies if my daughter has to eat.This time i made it really spicy ;)

  6. Same pinch Aparna, I'm a spice lover too... never hesitated to ask for an extra serving of this chutneys.. Lovely post Chitra, flaming hot chutney looks bright and inviting!

  7. Inviting chutney,Chitra..yumm :)

  8. Hot yummy chutney,looks so good

  9. wow perfect one for me.. spicy hot

  10. Hot and spicy chutney with idli's love it a lot

  11. Love this flavourful chutney, can have two more idlies with this chutney.

  12. I will do this chutney only for me....I love spicy foods.

  13. love anything with chilies, this will be my favorite i know that.

  14. so hot chutney.lovely red color...

  15. this spicy chutney looks so colorful with that red hue from chilies, will taste delicious with steamy idlis for breakfast,thanks for sharing :-)

  16. hot hot chutney .. perfetc to go with idlis :)

  17. Very tempting!! Love the fiery red color !!

  18. Nice recipe... Tried it.. its mouthwatering.. :)


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