Onion Thogayal/Chutney

On lazy sunday mornings, when I dont feel like cooking anything or whenever I feel like having rice at night, I will make this thogayal with hot rice and have it with a few drops of ghee, its the best comfort food that we can make in a jiffy. This can be made as spicy as we like and can be stored for 2 weeks in refrigerator. Lets get started with this simple recipe:

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Red onion – 2 (Peeled and chopped coarsely)

Tamarind – a small piece

Salt – As per taste


Oil – 2 tbsp

Mustard seeds – ½ tsp

Urad Dhal – 1 tsp

Red chillies – 2(broken into pieces as per taste)


  1. Heat a kadai over medium flame, add 2 tbsp of oil to it.
  2. Once the oil is hot, add the items mentioned under seasoning one after the other.
  3. When the dhal turns brwon slightly, add in the onion and saute it until it turns pink.
  4. Allow it to cool then add it to a blender along with a piece of tamarind  and salt, grind it into a paste.
  5. Serve it with hot rice or dosa or idli.

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  • Any variety of onion can be used for this recipe but I personally prefer red onion.
  • Red chillies and tamarind can be adjusted as per taste.



13 thoughts on “Onion Thogayal/Chutney

  1. What a lovely flavoured chutney. I would eat this with some nicely steamed rice. I think it’s very flavourful and the addition of tamarind adds a kick. Thanks for sharing!

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