Thursday, August 28, 2014


Pearl Onion or Madras onions (as they are called in India) is a great vegetable. I add them in sambar ( check out the recipe  for pearl onion sambar), in sabzis like Bhindi sabzi etc. So when I came across a recipe for onion chutney by Vahchef, I thought why not replace the onion  in the recipe with the pearl onions. Believe me the result was truly delicious.

Pearl onions in combination with cashews resulted in a creamy chutney which was so good that I wanted to lick the entire bowl just like that:)) Everyone at home loved this chutney too. I served this chutney with Poha dosa.

Note : All the measurements are based on the American measuring cups and spoons )
  • Pearl onion or madras onion - 15 no.s
  • Tomatoes - 1/2 cup (chopped)
  • Hing or asafoetida - 1/8 tsp
  • Mustard seeds (rai) - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Dry red chillies - 4-5 no.s (Add more or reduce this number depending on the desired level of heat)
  • Cashews - 2 tbsp 
  • Tamarind paste  - 1 tbsp
  • Salt as per taste
  • Oil - 2 tsp
For the tadka or tempering:
  • Oil : 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal : 1/4 tsp
  • Dry red chillies: 1
  • Curry leaves : 4-5

  • Cut both the ends of the pearl onions and leave them in a bowl of water for 20 minutes. Later peel off the skin. Leaving them in water aids in easy removal of the skin. After removing the skin, cut the pearl onions into 4 pieces.

  • Heat oil in a pan. When it is hot, add the urad dal, mustard seeds, dry red chillies and hing.

  • When the urad dal changes color, add the pearl onions. Fry them for 2-3 minutes.

  • When they have turned translucent, add the chopped tomatoes and mix well. Cook this onion tomato mixture until the tomatoes have turned mushy.

  • When the tomatoes are cooked, turn off the heat. Now add the tamarind pulp and the cashews .

  • When the mixture has cooled down , grind them in to a fine paste. Add the salt and mix well.
  • To prepare the tadka, heat some oil in a pan. When the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds, urad dal and dry red chillies. When the mustard seeds start to splatter, add the curry leaves and add this tadka to the chutney.

  • Serve this chutney with dosa or idli.


  1. Love the tadka u have done and the the yellowish ness of chutney...yumm

  2. Very nice and tempting chutney. Looks soooo yummy. Can I refrigerate it for few days?

    1. For a few days it should be fine.. Frankly , whenever i make it , it gets over very fast so have not been able to refrigerate it :)

  3. nice chutney with the perfect looking oggarne:) its byadige chili isn't it? YUM

    1. Yes , it is byadige chili.. I use it alot in my cooking:) thanks Anu

  4. Nice chutney....Definitely going to try with idli tomorrow breakfast...
    Thanks for sharing

    1. Thanks:) Do try it and let me know your feedback:)