Spicy Chettinad Red Chutney

Kara Chutney

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If there is one chutney that I can have every day with idli and dosa, it has to be this Chettinad Kara Chutney / spicy red chutney. It also pairs really well with Paniyaram.

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Total Time

20 min

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– Small red onions shallots – Red chilies – Garlic – Tomatoes  – Tamarind – Salt Seasoning – Oil – Mustard seeds – Ullutham paruppu/Urad dal – Curry leaves – Asafetida

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– Grind Shallots, red chili and garlic into a coarse paste. – In a pan, add the oil and heat it up. Then add all the seasoning ingredients and let them sputter. – Now add the ground paste to the pan and sauté till the raw smell disappears.

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      Steps 1-3

– Meanwhile grind the tomatoes and tamarind into a paste. Once the shallot mixture cooks, add the ground tomatoes to it and let it come to a boil. Let the mixture sauté well and then add the salt.

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      Step 4

– Let it come to the preferred consistency and then turn off the flame. – Serve with Idlis. Dosai’s or paniyaram!

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