Kara Chutney Recipe

Kara Chutney Recipe

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast, dinner
Cuisine Indian, South Indian


  • blender


To Grind

  • 1 no. Onion
  • 3 no.s Tomatoes
  • 2 tsp Channa Dal
  • 1 tsp Broken Urad Dal
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame oil
  • 4-5 no.s Dry red chillies
  • Salt (as required)
  • 1 small piece Tamarind optional
  • 2 tbsp Grated coconut
  • 1/4 cup Water

For Thalippu/Tadka

  • 1 tsp Oil
  • A few Curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Broken urad dal
  • A pinch Asafoetida


  • Heat a pan on medium heat, add oil and once hot, add in the urad dal, channa dal and allow it to sizzle for a few seconds, add in the Dry red chillies and allow the lentils (dal) to slightly change colour)
  • Add the roughly chopped onions , salt and cook until the onions are translucent.
  • Next add in the tomatoes and cover and cook for about 3-4 minutes or until the tomatoes are softened.
  • Mash it down, add a small piece of tamarind(optional) and turn off the flame.
  • Allow the ingredients to cool completely, and grind to a smooth paste along with the coconut.
  • Add water if required to dilute the chutney.
  • Prepare Thalippu/Tadka/Seasoning
  • Heat a small wok, add the oil mentioned under ‘thalippu’. Add mustard seeds to it allow it to crackle fully, add urad dal, dried red chillies, asafoetida, curry leaves and turn off the flame.
  • Add the Thalippu /Tadka on top of the chutney and serve hot with Idli, Dosa, Paniyaram or oothappam.
Keyword aloo side dish, breakfast recipes, chutney, Spicy chutney