Onion Chutney (Vengayam Chutney)

Onion Chutney
A to Z Challenge (Letter O): Onion


We’re a species who loves to dip our food into more food. Who can blame us? It’s delicious. So it’s no surprise that every cuisine around the world includes condiments of some sort: pesto, dressing, plum sauce, salsa, gravy…chutney.

Chutneys are used mostly as a dip for dishes like idli, dosai (sourdough rice crepe), or fried foods like vadai or pakora.

I know, I had me at “fried” too.

I’ve already posted my coconut chutney and tomato chutney to Thought on a Roll; but, I’ve yet to post any chutneys during this challenge. Both C and M slide past my cilantro-mint chutney, and B was never bothered with beet chutney. Though, as Letter O is slides onto our A to Z plates, I thought this would be the opportunity to post a chutney.

This recipe doubles easily, and only uses 1 large red onion (or, to be more authentic, 2-3 shallots).

Onion Chutney (Vengayam chutney)

Special Ingredients: tamarind, urad dal, asafoetida (hing), curry leaves, mustard seeds
Special Tools: Food processor/Grinder/Magic Bullet (to make smooth chutney)

In a pan on medium heat, add:

  • 1/2 tbsp oil (I use Olive)
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds

When mustard seeds pop, add:

  • 1/2 tsp cayenne powder

When urad dal is golden brown, fry:

  • 1 Red Onion (or 2-3 shallots), chopped

Caramelize the onions (10-15 minutes), then add:

Place this mixture in the food processor, and allow to cool. Blend until smooth. Remove and place in a bowl.

To create the tempering, return the pan (clean) to medium heat and add:

  • 1/2 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds

When mustard seeds pop, add

  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
  • 4-5 curry leaves

When the curry leaves are done sputtering, dump this tempering oil onto the chutney, mix halfheartedly.

Enjoy with idli, dosa, or as a dip for fried foods.

I like this as a sandwich spread too.

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11 thoughts on “Onion Chutney (Vengayam Chutney)

    1. Tempering is actually a part of the cooking process, so I’m not sure if it will be the best way to handle the extra chutney. Usually, when I want to make large amounts I either can or freeze the excess of chutney. For canning, same process as for jams. I’ll also freeze it and it should keep it quality for several months. I just zap it in the microwave so it’s a little warmed up, and haven’t noticed too big of an affront to my palate! Hope that helps.

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