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Monday, July 18, 2016

Spicy kara chutney recipe with onion, tomato and both green red chillies and black pepper for extra spiciness.  I always make onion tomato chutney with coconut if I am making. But last week when I saw a video, I was tempted to make something spicy that is served in roadside shops as kaara chutney, that is slightly watery. And ended up with this chutney. This was super spicy, just the way I wanted. This should be handy when I have no coconut in hand. Perfect for idli and all types of dosa.
Check out other chutney recipes.

Kara chutney recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Breakfast
Prep Time: 5 mins  |  Cook time: 10 mins   Serves: 3

Click here for cup measurements


Onion – 1

Tomato – 1

Garlic – 3 flakes

Red chilli – 2

Green chilli – 2

Black pepper – 1 tsp

Chana dal – 1 tbsp

Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Salt – As needed

To temper

Oil – 1 tsp

Mustard – 1/2 tsp

Urad dal – 1 tsp

Curry leaves – 1 sprig


  1. In a pan, heat 1 tsp oil, roast 1 tbsp chana dal, 2 red chillies. Once chana dal is golden, add black pepper, garlic, roughly chopped onion, tomato, curry leaves.
  2. 1-roast
  3. Once tomatoes are soft, transfer to a plate and cool down completely. 
  4. 2-cool
  5. Transfer to a mixer and grind smoothly with salt. Add water to get right consistency you need.
  6. 3-grind
  7. This is optional, if you want you can temper with mustard, urad dal and curry leaves in a tsp of oil.
  8. 4-temper


  • I added 3 red chillies, but it was too spicy, so reduced one chilli in the recipe.

We had with godhuma dosa and it was really great.
Kara chutney

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  1. Hey, sounds delicious. How long does the chutney stay good in the fridge?

  2. I love spicy chutney...will try this...addition of pepper in chutney is new to me..pics as usual look awesome👌👌

  3. yummy chuntney :) love your photos as usual. kadai looks cute :)

  4. Shall I use tamarind instead of tomato?

    1. You can, but recommended tomato

  5. Hey I tried it.. It tastes awesome loved it :)

  6. looks awesome.. will try today

  7. I tried this recipe this morning
    I liked the taste


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