Chinna Vengaya Thovayal/Shallots Chutney

Today is the day 5 of blogging marathon#16 and the recipe is going to be a spicy chutney made with shallots.This chutney is a perfect combo for idly and dosa,stays fresh for couple of weeks if it is refrigerated.
My mom uses the stone mortar to pound the shallots and the taste will be even more tastier.Here goes the recipe for the spicy chutney......


Shallots/Chinna vengayam(peeled)25nos.
Garlic/poondu2-3 cloves
Red chilly/Varamilagai7-8nos.
Tamarinda big gooseberry size
Sesame Oil1/4cup
Curry leaves1 sprig
Mustard seeds/kadugu1/2tsp
Urad dhal/ullutham paruppu1tsp
Saltto taste


  Put the red chillies,tamarind,garlic and salt in a mixie jar and grind it to a fine paste.
Then add the shallots to it and pulse it(no need to grind it to a fine paste)till everything gets blend well.
Heat the pan with oil,once the oil becomes hot add the mustard seeds,urad dhal and curry leaves.Now add the ground paste and fry it till the oil separates and becomes thick.
Serve it with idly.

  • This chutney can also be made with regular onion also but tastes better with shallots.
  • Using sesame oil  is optional and it makes the chutney very tasty and flavorful.
  • Instead of red chillies,red chilly powder can be used. 
  • Do not grind the shallots to very fine paste. 
  • The oil(1/4 cup) used is necessary to maintain the freshness as well as balances the spiciness.
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Beautiful pictures. I need tips from you or a class may be? Lovely chutney and nice color.

Very tasty cutney.. love the way you have presented it.

we call this as erra mirram. I always love this to have aas condiment for idly. goes well with it.beautiful pictures.

Quick and easy thogayal...pounding them by hand is such a labour of love...I'm sure that will taste heavenly

Lovely tempting clicks of a delicious chutney!!

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Love this, nice spicy chutney..

i too make it similar way, very spicy n yummy chutney to go with idly n dosa...lovely Presentation Nalini! Aeppadi eppadi ellam?! room pottu yosipeengala???
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Yummy spicy chutney...Love this with idlis..

Very tempting chutney Nalini!..

book marked this lovely mouth is actually watering!! the clicks n the earthen container....

Wow, i love it,always love shallots for chutney,esp this one! Lovely presentation

very delicious it wid idli/dosa

yummy one! cant resist...wonderful to have with idlis and dosas!

My mom this very often esp when we travel. Though i have tried this few times,never posted this so far. Loved ur version of thogiyal.

Wat a fabulous and super tongue tickling chutney,i can survive for many days with it.

Very spicy and yummy looking thuvayal...Very nicely presented

Nice presentation.. perfect chutney

wow this chutney looks so tempting, nice one dear

Yummy chutneyh, perfect with idli and dosa. Great presentation.

Very well Captured loved the props

beautiful pics love to try it out..

super presentation and I love Chinna vengayam anytime
I think you hv missed Garlic in the ingredients

Could you maybe provide a weight for the shallots? I tried this but it ended up a much duller color, and I wonder if I'm using much bigger shallots than you are.


Here I have used the smaller variety of shallots,if you are using a slightly bigger variety use 10- 12 shallots.Also the color depends on the red chilly variety,so use dark colored ones.

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