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December 11, 2020

Kalavai Chutney Recipe | Tamilnadu Hotel Style Kara Chutney

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Kalavai chutney recipe

I had bookmarked this Kalavai chutney from Mullai’s blog long back. Being a chutney lover, I was so tempted to try this recipe by seeing the rave reviews in her Instagram page.

Actually I was thinking Kalavai chutney and Kadamba chutney are one and the same. I have already shared a kadamba chutney recipe in my blog. But there are slight differences in the ingredients and method of both the chutney.

After tasting this chutney, I reminded about a kara chutney recipe in a hotel in Thiruvannamalai, Tamilnadu. My MIL and myself loved that chutney a lot. We started to smell and lick the chutney to know the ingredients that went inside. But we couldn't spot on. Now I am so happy that I could recreate the same taste after so many years. Many thanks to Mullai for this wonderful chutney recipe. I have shared more than 70 chutney recipes in my blog. I would say this is one of the best chutney recipes. You must give a try !

Ok friends, lets see how to make this yummy Kalavai chutney recipe for idli dosa with step by step pictures and the video.


Kalavai chutney recipe

Kalavai chutney recipe - Hotel style kara chutney

Kalavai chutney recipe - Hotel style kara chutney

Kalavai chutney recipe for idli dosa. It tastes similar to hotel style kara chutney. 

Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Chutney recipes
Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

To saute and grind
  • Tomato – 2
  • Big onion – 2 ( medium sized)
  • Green chilli – 1
  • Red chilli – 2 to 3
  • Byadgi chilli / Kashmiri chilli – 1 (for bright red color)
  • Ginger – 1/2 inch
  • Garlic cloves – 5
  • Coriander leaves – 1/4 cup
  • Mint leaves – 1/4 cup
  • Curry leaves – 5
  • Grated Coconut – 2 tbsp
  • Tamarind – a small piece
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
To temper
  • Cooking oil - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
  1. Wash and chop the onion, tomato, green chilli, ginger and garlic.
  2. Wash the coriander, mint and curry leaves. Pat it dry.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp cooking oil in a kadai and saute the coriander leaves, mint leaves and curry leaves till crispy. Remove in a plate.
  4. Add 1 tbsp more cooking oil and add the chopped onion, green chilli, red chilli, ginger, garlic and saute for few minutes.
  5. Add chopped tomato and coconut. Saute till tomato turns mushy. Add salt too
  6. Switch off the flame and let it cool down. Add a piece of tamarind and grind everything to a smooth paste.
  7. Lastly add the sauteed coriander, mint and curry leaves. Pulse twice to make it coarse. Remove and transfer the kalavai chutney to a bowl.
  8. Temper mustard seeds, curry leaves in oil and add to chutney. Mix well.
  9. Serve with hot idli, dosa !
  • Wash and chop onion, tomato, green chilli, ginger and garlic cloves. Wash the coriander leaves, mint leaves and curry leaves. Pat it dry and set aside to dry.

  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a kadai. Add the dried mint+coriander+curry leaves. Saute well till it becomes crispy without changing the color. Remove in a plate.
  • Kalavai chutney
  • To the remaining oil, add 1 tbsp more oil. Saute the chillies, ginger, garlic cloves and onion. Saute till onion turns transparent.
  • Kalavai chutney
  • Add chopped tomato and coconut. Saute till tomato becomes mushy. Add the required salt, tamarind piece and saute it. Switch off the flame. Let it cool down.
  • Kalavai chutney
  • Take them in a mixie jar and grind to a coarse paste without adding water. Then add water and grind to a smooth paste. Lastly add the sauteed coriander+mint+curry leaves and pulse  it twice or thrice. Do not grind smooth after adding the greens. It should be visible in the chutney as shown in the picture.
  • Kalavai chutney
  • Heat 1 tsp oil in a kadai. Temper mustard seeds and curry leaves. Add to chutney and mix well. Serve with hot idli, dosa. Tastes yumm !
  • Kalavai chutney
    Enjoy !


  • Adjust the quantity of chillies as per your taste.
  • For variations, you can add the greens (coriander, mint and curry leaves) after sauting the tomato.
  • Do not add more ginger and coconut. Flavor of chutney will differ.

Do try this yummy Kalavai chutney for idli, dosa and enjoy !

Kalavai chutney

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mullaimadavan said...

Awesome Chithu ❤️❤️❤️glad you all liked it, thanks a bunch for trying pa!

Chitra said...

Thanks to you dear for this yummy recipe :)

bharri said...

came out very well..sama taste

Chitra said...

Thank you so much for your feedback 😊