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December 26, 2018

Pottukadalai Chutney Recipe Without Coconut – Roasted Gram Dal chutney

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Pottukadalai chutney recipe
Pottukadalai chutney / Udacha kadalai chutney is our family favorite chutney recipe for dosa and paniyaram. According to me, roasted chana dal is the tasty and healthy alternative for people who is looking for chutney without coconut. My mom makes a spicy, watery pottukadalai chutney with little coconut (Roasted gram dal chutney in English, Udaitha kadalai chutney in Tamil) for idli, dosa and paniyaram just like street side hotels. Its my most favorite since childhood. Following my mom, I started trying varieties of pottukadalai chutney recipes with and without coconut, tomato etc.

Recently I tried this chutney recipe from a cookbook. I served it with soft dosa recipe. Many of my readers were asking about its recipe in my instagram page. So I thought of blogging it here. Its a very simple chutney recipe with minimal ingredients. Actual recipe called for adding coconut as well. But I skipped coconut completely and tried it. It came out very well. Do not forget to add more red chillies and temper with mustard seeds, hing. It is the key to make this chutney flavorful and perfect. Friends, do try this easy, yummy pottukadalai chutney without coconut and share your feedback with me.

Check out my watery pottukadalai chutney for paniyaram !

roasted chana dal chutney

Pottukadalai chutney recipe for idli, dosa

Pottukadalai chutney recipe for idli,dosa

Easy pottukadalai chutney without coconut - Side dsih for idli, dosa

Cuisine: Tamilnadu
Category: Chutney
Serves: 3
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes

1 cup = 250ml
  • Pottukadalai / Roasted gram dal - 1/2 cup
  • Red chilli – 3 to 4
  • Garlic - 4 cloves
  • Tamarind - a pinch
  • Salt & water - as needed
To Temper
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Hing / Asafetida - 2 pinches
  • Curry leaves - Few
  1. Grind all the ingredients to a powder. Then add the required water and grind to a smooth paste.
  2. Add more water if you want to make it thin.
  3. Heat oil, splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves and hing.
  4. Add to chutney. Mix well and serve with idli, dosa. 
  • In a mixie jar, take the roasted chana dal, red chilli, tamarind, salt and garlic cloves. Grind to a fine powder without adding water.

  • Wipe the sides. Add water and grind to make a smooth paste. Add more water to make it thin and pourable. 
  • Pottukadalai chutney without coconut
  • Heat oil in a kadai. Temper mustard seed. Make sure mustard seeds splutter well. Then add urad dal, curry leaves and hing. All the ingredients should release nice flavor.
  • Pottukadalai chutney without coconut
  • Add to the chutney, mix well and serve with idli, dosa. I served it with soft dosa recipe.


  • This chutney tastes the best if its slightly on the spicy side. So adjust the chilli accordingly.
  • Make sure to splutter the mustard seeds. Then add hing. It adds nice flavor to this chutney.

Try this easy, yummy pottukadalai chutney for idli, dosa and enjoy !

Pottukadalai chutney

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Shipping'n De Rain said...

Hi mam, in tadka if we saute with onion and tomato for this chutney prepared with coconut, it will be of a different taste. Have a try and tell mam

Chitra said...

Thanks for your suggestion. I will try it.

Bhuvana said...

Nice , came out good, thank you

Bhuvana said...

Thank you, came out good

gayatri said...

Super simple receipe, now our famfav chutney!!! ❤️❤️👌👌

gayatri said...

Family Favourite Recipe!!!

Chitra said...

Thank you so much 😊

Ishani's Imaginations said...

Pottukadalai without coconut is a good option for diabetic patients,which is easily digestible.