Onion Chutney – Vengaya Chutney

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Onion chutney - Vengaya chutney is best accompanied with idli, dosa, upma or appams. As onions are known as vengaya in Tamil language. It is very common and famous in all south Indian homes. It is a perfect mixture of onions, chana dal, dry red chillies which are fried in oil and blended well with tamarind and jaggery makes it spicy and tangy.

This delicious Onion chutney is made up with basic ingredients onions, chana dal, red chillies, tamarind and jaggery and is made in less than 10 minutes. It tastes well with idli, dosa, upma or appams.

Lets see this south Indian Onion chutney for Idli and Dosa recipe...

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Quantity: 1.25 Cups

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Taste: Chilly Spicy

If you like this chutney then you can also like "Tomato Chutney" and "Garlic Chutney"


Wet Masala

  • Onion (कांदा /प्याज) 
  • Curry Leaves (कढीपत्ता)

Dry Masala

  • Mustard Seeds (मोहरी)
  • Cumin Seed (जीरे)
  • Dry Red Chilies
  • Tamarind(चिंच)
  • Urad Dal(उरद दाल)
  • Chana Dal(चना दाल)
  • Asafoetida (हिंग)
  • Salt (मीठ)
  • Jaggery(गुड़)
  • Edible oil

How to make chutney?

step 1

Take 2 medium size Onions and chopped them finely

step 2

Heat the pan

step 3

Add 2 spoon Oil and let it heat

step 4

When oil is heated add 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds

step 5

Put 3-4 dry Red Chillies and stir it

step 6

Add 2 teaspoon roasted Chana Dal

step 7

Stir it for 2 minutes

step 8

Then add chopped Onion and stir it continuously till onion becomes golden brown

step 9

Add 1 teaspoon Tamarind

step 10

Add 1 teaspoon Salt

step 11

Put 1 teaspoon Jaggery

step 12

Blend it to smooth

step 13

Take it out in bowl

step 14

Take tadka pan

step 15

Add 1 teaspoon Oil and heat it

step 16

Add 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon Urad dal, pinch of hing, 1 dry Red Chilli, 4-5 Curry Leaves.

step 17

Pour this tadka on blended chutney

step 18

Ready to serve

Special Note 

  • You can use pearl onions instead of big onions.
  • Saute onion to avoid its raw smell 
  • If dry red chillies are not available then use 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • If you use sesame oil for frying onions then it will give good flavor

Variations of Onion Chutney 

By keeping this chutney as base, we can add different ingredients/vegetables in this chutney. Like you can add tomato/carrot/spinach/mint/coriander leaves and many more your favorite vegetables to give a twist to this chutney.

How to preserve Onion Chutney?

This is wet chutney. Its shelf life is 1-2 days and it has to be stored in a refrigerator.

How to serve Onion Chutney?

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  • This chutney tastes best with Idli/Dosa/Upma/Appam
  • This chutney can goes well with any type of Indian Paratha
  • This chutney can serve with wholesome Indian meal
  • It can be served with steamed rice
small dosa

How to increase the taste of while eating ?

You can your favorite vegetables like Tomato/Spinach/Carrot/Beetroot/Mint Leaves/Coriander Leaves while blending this chutney. Which can add your favorite taste to it.

Benefits of Onion Chutney

The main ingredient of this chutney is Onion. Onions can easily add to our meal. Hence, let's see the benefits of onion…

  • Onion contains antioxidants that help to reduce cholesterol level.
  • Onions are rich in nutrients i.e. they are low in calories but high in vitamins and minerals
  • Onions contain cancer fighting components
  • Due to many helpful compounds in onions, eating them may help to control blood sugar
  • Consumption of onion improves bone mineral density
  • Onions can fight against dangerous bacteria
  • Onions are rich in probiotic which boost our digestive health

Disadvantages of Onion

  • Eating more amounts of onions can cause gas and bloating
  • If you are suffering from ulcer, heartburn, intestinal inflammation then eating excess onions may worsen the situation

Different recipes of Onions

Onion is the basic ingredient used in Indian meals. It is used in curries, parathas, chutneys, snacks and many more.

Here are some recipes for onions…
  • Onion Raita
  • Onion Soup
  • Onion Pickle
  • Onion Curry
  • Onion Sambar
  • Onion Chutney
  • Onion Pakoda

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My experience with Onion Chutney

While travelling in south India, we ate this chutney at a restaurant and were curious about it. It tastes so good due to its delicious and tangy taste. After trying it several times, I got the same south Indian taste. Its due to proper procedure followed. Now, its undetachable side dish with south Indian dishes cooked at my Home. The major benefit of this chutney is its time efficient.


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This Onion Chutney - Vengaya Chutney which is best complemented with South Indian dishes like idli & dosa is delicious and easy to cook. It gives a perfect sour and tangy taste. Try it, Share it.

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