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October 25, 2014

50 Chutney Recipes - South Indian Chutney Varieties For Idli, Dosa

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Chutney recipes
Recently a reader requested me to share all the chutney recipes of my blog as a collection under one page for easy reference. Then I realized I had posted nearly 50  plus chutney varieties as side dish for idli, dosa and other breakfast recipes like pongal, upma, paniyaram etc. Generally we Tamil people make idli, dosa thrice in a week. So whenever I make idli dosa for breakfast, I used to hit my head thinking about the different types of side dish to prepare. And my search ended up with 50 + chutney recipes here. I have categorized them as list of  South Indian chutney varieties like coconut chutney recipe, tomato chutney recipe, onion chutney recipe, peanut chutney recipe, garlic chutney recipe, vegetable chutney recipe, spicy chutney for dosa without coconut, Chettinad style chutney, hotel style green chutney, few easy chutney recipes for working women, Andhra style chutney, brinjal chutney, Curry leaves chutney, mango chutney recipe, Travel chutney, Chat chutney, momo chutney and some thokku recipes for idli, dosa like tomato thokkku, tomato onion thokku and few more for easy selection.  All these recipes are with step by step pictures for easy understanding. Basically I love making different and tasty side dish for idli and dosa.  Most of them are easy to make in busy morning hours and can be prepared in less than 10 minutes. I have also shared my tips on how to make white colored coconut chutney like in hotels, greenish mint and coriander leaves chutney and bright reddish tomato chutney, how to grind thick chutney, tips to troubleshoot watery chutney during winter based on my experience. I hope this post will be useful for beginners who look for varieties of chutney recipes for idli,dosa and pongal. Friends, do try these chutney varieties all through the month and take credits from your family members. Ok, lets see the different types of chutney recipes below with tips.

UPDATED : Recently I have made few 3 in 1 video recipes on varieties of easy, no cook, coconut chutney recipes ( white coconut chutney, red coconut chutney and green coconut chutney), 3 types of spicy raw onion chutney recipes and 3 different peanut chutney recipes. I have shared them below. Please check it :)
3 Coconut chutney recipes video 👇

3 Peanut chutney recipes video 👇

3 Raw Onion Chutney Recipes 👇


These are the tips I generally follow to make my chutneys easily and to look colorful. I hope these tips would be useful for beginners and bachelors. Experts, do share your tips in my comment section.It would be helpful for all of us.
How to slice coconut

  • During early or busy morning hours,the most noisy and irritating job is to grate coconut in large quantities for chutneys.U can buy grated coconut from the shops, freeze it in a zip lock bag & use them whenever needed.But some people don’t like the the taste of frozen coconut.Its the same in my house too.So what I do if I want to grind coconut without grating is, I slice or chop the coconut using the back of a thick ladle.I remove it as thin,small slices for the mixer to grind easily.I don’t use knife as it is risky.So i use this ladle (shown in the picture ).This makes my job easier .But one thing, don’t follow this procedure everyday.Ur mixie jar blade may worn out/break soon.So try this option once in a while if u are in a hurry.
  • For some people,most of the time coconut chutney becomes watery & it separates from the chutney.To avoid this,first dry grind all the ingredients adding salt.U will get a wet coarse powder.Then add water little by little and grind it for more time.U will get a smooth thick chutney.( U can also use little milk to get white colored chutneys but its shelf life would be reduced)
  • During winter season,whenever u grind coconut for chutneys,u will find a layer of whitish oil separated from the chutney.Chutney won’t taste good.Use warm water to grind the chutney.The problem will be solved !!

1. Always use fresh grated coconut, little brown coating of shell skin is ok to use. More coconut less pottukadalai/Fried gram is also a must for white chutneys.
2. Less water for Khatti (thick )chutney, add only if its necessary to run your mixie.
3. Indian mixer or small jars are a must.
4. Use small green chillies and always use less green chillies for white color chutney and increase the spiciness by tempering with more red chillies.
1. Ready made flakes or desiccated flakes or frozen grated coconut will work but don't expect taste and color. Mostly yuck, pale white color with oily look.In that case,follow the above tip I mentioned for winter season.
2. No microwaving for reheating, just thaw to bring back to room temperature. Reheating makes it release more oil and which results in stinky coconut smell.
3. Blender will not work for thick chutney and adding more water will make it thin but consistency will be still coarse.

Chilli varieties
  • To get a bright red colored tomato or onion chutneys, use Byadgi red chilli variety (crushed ones) as shown in the above picture. I usually mix byadgi and spicy red chilli varieties to make my chutneys look colorful as well as spicy.Try this tip.It works great.If using chilli powder, use Aashirvad or MTR Kashmiri chilli powder. It gives a nice color to gravies and chutneysl
  • Bright green chutneys are always appealing to our eyes.To get a bright green colored chutneys,follow this tip. Saute coriander leaves or mint leaves in little oil for few seconds before grinding.Add a pinch of sugar while sauting and add a pinch of turmeric powder while grinding.If you don’t want to saute, just add a pinch of turmeric powder and sugar while grinding the chutney. It comes out in super green color.


  • When you grind the ingredients for chutney in a mixie jar, first grind it without adding water. After it turns coarse, add water little by little and grind smooth to the required consistency. This helps to avoid making too thick or thin/watery chutney.
  • If the chutney becomes watery, add little more grated coconut & fried gram dal ( roasted chana dal) and grind to make it thick.
  • If the chutney is too thick you can add little water and grind for more time to make it smooth.
  • Coconut chutney and chutney with dal thickens when it cools down and refrigerated. In that case, add 1 to 2 tbsp hot water, mix well and bring to desired consistency. Check for salt too.

Chutney recipes for idli,dosa - South Indian Chutney Varieties

Chutney recipes for idli,dosa Chutney recipes for breakfast/Dinner - Side dish for idli,dosa and pongal
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Chutney Recipes
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes


Major ingredients used in all chutneys
  • Coconut
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Peanut
  • Curry leaves, coriader leaves, mint leaves
  • Mixed vegetables
  • Chillies
  • Ginger,garlic
  • Tempering ingredients


Coconut chutney
Fried gram dal chutney/Pottukadalai chutney
Red coconut chutney
Coriander leaves chutney
Mint chutney/Pudina chutney
Hotel getti chutney
Hotel green chutney
Coconut chutney for travel


Easy side dish for chapathi-Tomato garlic chutney
Tomato garlic chutney for roti
Garlic chutney
Garlic chutney with onion
Momos chutney
Momos chutney
Kara chutney recipe
Garlic tomato chutney
Poondu molaapdi


Easy peanut chutney
Peanut onion chutney
Andhra Tomato peanut chutney
Tomato peanut chutney


Hotel Kara chutney recipe
Tomato mint chutney
 Tomato chutney without onion garlic
Tomato Chutney Without Onion Garlic
Onion tomato chutney
Tomato chana dal chutney
Tomato chutney with ginger
Hotel red chutney
3 ingredient tomato chutney
Tomato onion chutney-2
Side dish for Aapam
Tomato gram dal chutney
Tomato gram dal chutney


Raw mango chutney
Raw mango chutney
Capsicum chutney
Mixed vegetable chutney
Carrot chutney
Sutta kathrikai chutney/Brinjal chutney
Spring onion chutney
Radish chutney/Mullangi chutney
Radish chutney/Mullangi chutney
Kadamba chutney
Kadamba chutney
 Beetroot chutney
Beetroot chutney


Onion chutney without tomato, coconut
2 ingredient raw onion chutney - Super easy
Raw onion chutney with garlic
Spicy raw onion chutney without garlic


Ginger chutney/Inji chutney
Lemon chilli chutney
Green chilli chutney/Milagai thogayal
Garlic dip for momo
Chettinad vara milagai chutney
Kara chutney recipe


Curry leaves chutney
Onion chutney for travel
Walnut chutney
Onion tomato thokku
Onion tomato thokku
Easy tomato thokku Recipe
Easy tomato thokku Recipe
Tomato thokku - My mom's style
Thakkali thokku - My mom's style
Chat chutney recipe
Chat chutney
Bombay chutney for poori,idli,dosa
Bombay chutney for poori,idli,dosa

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  1. Most beautiful array of chutneys.. Iam feeling so hungry seeing these clicks. and very new and useful tips.. for we south indians largely live on chutneys! :)

  2. loved your super collection chitra!!

  3. Documenting all your chutneys in one place is a great idea. Very helpful hints.

  4. OH My, Love the spread of delectable chutneys here!

  5. Dear Chitra,
    I am a beginner to the world of chutneys and I was amazed to see so many varieties on your blog. I will try all of them for sure. Thank you for your wonderful blog and the very helpful tips.

  6. Thank u.Try them n leave ur feedback :)

  7. Hai iam always using ur web it's very good and ur looking like my daughter, and iam staying in kumbakonam, and where r u staying ur recipes r very nice, how much children r u have 1 or 2 don't think bad iam like ur mom, ok thank you.

    1. Thank u ma.Iam in bangalore.I have a daughter :)

  8. Best Recipe. I loved it. Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe with us. Spices Online

  9. Is it possible?...Wow! lot of chatni vaieties there.I will try soon.

  10. Ingredients created Indian food a lot of special and delicious. i feel these ingredients create it a lot of ancient, I simply love Indian Restaurant Food and Recipes.

  11. Hai today i made this chutney and i mied karuvapalai rompa superb ,nnanraka iruinthathu i following ur recipes always, iam58 year lady and iam staying in kumbakonam. ok thank you.

    1. Thank u so much Amma.Unga comment padikka romba santhoshamaa irukku ma :) Keep visiting !

  12. How can I keep chutney for 7days....

  13. Hello Shruti,
    For storing any chutneys,you should saute the chutneys in gingely oil till it becomes very thick without moisture content.After its cooled,u can store in an air tight box and no need to refrigerate.You can store tomato based chutney recipes and Garlic chutneys by this way.Generally any chutney can be stored in an air tight box and refrigerated for 2-3 days.Use a clean spoon everytime.

  14. Chutney is most widely known condiment which was originated in India. The concept spread world wide and mutated to suit local needs as most foods do. It usually consists of mixed chopped sugar, spices and vinegar cooked in a chunky spread.

  15. No one has ever made this clear !! hand off to u :-)

  16. Hi... chitra my 3 year daughter started loving dosa and idlli bcoz of ur chutney. .hats off. ..and thank u so much...

    1. Thank u so much Reghana.I am happy to know this :)

  17. For using coconut I will warm the water in a bowl put coconut pieces into for about 2 minutes wash and grind your blender won't worn soon. ...

  18. For using coconut I will warm the water in a bowl put coconut pieces into for about 2 minutes wash and grind your blender won't worn soon. ...

    1. Thank you.This is a nice tip.I will follow this :)

  19. Excellent post.

  20. Hi please share recipe for radish chutney.. all your recipes are yummy..

    1. Thanks.I will try to share the recipe soon :)

    2. I have shared Radish chutney recipe link above. Please check it.

  21. Hi! What a great collection of kanchipuram Idli and tomato chutney. I like the recipe. This post is nice. You have inspired me to go and try them. Thanks for sharing. To Know More:

  22. Hi great collection.. Now I am confused as to what to try first..can you please tell me Which chutney is your personal favorite & family favorite .? . May be I will start with that..thank you

    1. Tomato chutney recipes are my personal favorite. you can try this :)

  23. Super mam.... ur chutney recipes are very useful. Am also banglore only

    1. Thank you :) Good to know you are in Bangalore :)

  24. hi man...
    can you tell me how to reduce salt from dishes in case if it becomes too salty by mistake....

    1. To reduce salt in chutney, you can add little water or grind some coconut and add to it. For gravies, you can add boiled, chopped or mashed potato or little besan flour mixed with water. Boil for sometime and check for taste.


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