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Feb 5, 2009

Onion Chutney – Zero Oil (Erra Kaaram)

This is the easiest chutney that tastes heavenly. It goes well with dosas as well as rice. I usually use this chutney to smear on dosas to make them yummier and spicy.


  • 1 medium onion

  • 1 tsp red chili powder

  • 5 curry leaves (optional)

  • ½ tsp Tamarind

  • Salt


Cut onion into big chunks. Heat a pan and add the onion pieces along with the curry leaves (optional). Fry for some time and remove from the pan.

When cool, grind it into a smooth paste along with the tamarind pulp + chili powder + salt. Add little water if needed. Yummy, yummy onion chutney is ready!

Enjoy as a dip for dosas or smear it on the dosas to make an onion roast dosa or just enjoy with hot rice and ghee.

This is my contribution to Ramya’s “Chutney/Dip Mania”.

On a Different Note:

Some days back Pavithra has passed the delicious “Lemonade Award”. Thanks for your nice gesture Pavithra!


Sukanya Yogesh said... [Reply]

The onion chutney looks spicy and yummy. Iam sure it must taste very good with Dosas.

Raks said... [Reply]

Sounds great! Nice entry for the event:)

Lakshmi said... [Reply]

Uma, this is our favorite too. Infact if you fry it and make it thick it stays for few days without spoilage. We pack this for long journeys :)

sriharivatsan said... [Reply]

Yummy chutney without oil...Oh, this is fantabulous..This looks very spicy and makes one to crave for it yaar..

Unknown said... [Reply]

lovely tempting picture..looks delicious..would be great with some hot dosas..

Mahimaa's kitchen said... [Reply]

yummy chutney... i also add some coconut .. taste good :)

Unknown said... [Reply]

ade chetitoti vedi vedi doselu kuda he he he mmmm noruurutundi uma

Priya Suresh said... [Reply]

Delicious chutney,i will add a tsp of dry roasted urad dal..goes awesome with hot steaming idlies..

lubnakarim06 said... [Reply]

Wow sounds yummy.

Premyscakes said... [Reply]

Looks so tempting and mouthwatering.

Chitra said... [Reply]

mouthwatering chutney..Will sure try next time:)First time in ur blog..U have very nice recipes collections.going to follow ur blog:)Do visit my blog at ur free time :)Thanks in advance:)

jayasree said... [Reply]

I usually add some fried urad dal and red chillies to make this chutney. Your version sounds interesting. Pics are very tempting too.

Sunshinemom said... [Reply]

All I need is hot rice and a tsp. of oil to mix up the chutney! I love chutneys with rice, and this would be a great combination.

Finla said... [Reply]

I love onion chutey and this looks so yumm.

Nandinis food said... [Reply]

Yummy chutney & good combination

Anonymous said... [Reply]

looks so yummy.

Ashwini said... [Reply]

My favourite chutney.Looks yumm

Vibaas said... [Reply]

Looks yum. I have a similar chutney in my draft, but with oil ;-)

Deepthi Shankar said... [Reply]

wow, thatz a nice recipe Uma. I will try it sometime

Saritha said... [Reply]

Lovely blog for andhra recipes.I make onion chutney with til and green chillies

Yasmeen said... [Reply]

Tasty Zero fat chutney,I'll try this for next time I make dosa:)

Dibs said... [Reply]

Wow no oil? Looks very delicious Uma!

Usha said... [Reply]

Zero oil, awesome...looks yum, will try this next time for dosai :-)

FH said... [Reply]

Very nice, great entry. I love Karam recipes! :))

Vikis Kitchen said... [Reply]

Thats a yummy spicy chutney. I too love it with dosa .

Anonymous said... [Reply]

Oh ! I have never made it without oil! Nice entry.

Pavithra Kodical said... [Reply]

Without oil!!!Sounds good :)
Congrats for the award..You deserve it..
I have never tried making onion chutney..Will try sometime with dosa :)

Vanamala Hebbar said... [Reply]

so simple..very nice..my sister make other way..

Pallavi said... [Reply]

Yum, what a great recipe! A must try for sure!

Laavanya said... [Reply]

I make this but with some oil & urad dhal.. spicy & good! Love your oil-free version.

Anonymous said... [Reply]

Looks spicy. We do make the chutney but onions are not fried...the only problem is the bad breath. I think frying the onions will eliminate the problem.

Gita Jaishankar said... [Reply]

Yummy chutney, it must taste great with idlis and dosas :)

Rosie said... [Reply]

Uma that onion chutney looks spicy and very scrummy! Congrats on your award sweetie :0)

Rosie x

Unknown said... [Reply]

yummy indeed..looks so good Uma.

mitr_bayarea said... [Reply]


Back here after a long time, simple onion chutney, looks yummy.

AnuSriram said... [Reply]

Looks spicy and delicious! Congrats on your award!

TBC said... [Reply]

Onion chutney- one of my fav chutneys. :D

sra said... [Reply]

I didn't know about this, but then I've never really made any chutneys with onion!

Unknown said... [Reply]

Wow, this is just delicious, Uma. Love the roasted onion flavor, and this sounds amazing.

Jayashree said... [Reply]

Looks nice and spicy.

vidhas said... [Reply]

Nice Chutney, without oil. This is new to me surely will try.

Anonymous said... [Reply]

This is so unique. Never heard of this before. Looks so good!

Roshni said... [Reply]

Hi Uma,
visiting your blog after a long time. Thanks for the new recipes. This one specially seems really interesting because of the no oil option!

Anonymous said... [Reply]

Hi Uma,

Thank you visiting my site and do visit again. I loved your simple onion chutney. Have bookmarked it for trying over the weekend.

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