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Chutney recipes / Chutney Collections / 25+ Chutney recipes


Chutney is a family of condiments associated with South Asian cuisine made from a highly variable mixture of spices, vegetables, herbs or fruit.The word “chutney” derives from the Sanskrit word caṭnī, meaning to lick. Chutneys are usually grouped into sweet or hot forms; both forms usually contain spices, including chili, but differ by their main flavours. I have shared some of these recipes with my own touch from my kitchen. Do click on the below image to check and try it out in your kitchen.

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Chutney recipes / Chutney Collections / 25+ Chutney recipes


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Dosa – Food History


Dosa, is a common breakfast and street food in south India such as Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala. Not only for breakfast also goes well for dinner. Also I would say that it’s a staple food among all south Indian families. Later as south Indians travelled all over the world, it has been popular in most of the countries like Singapore, Malaysia and so on.

Origin of Dosa: Dosa is known as Dosai, the first reference to dosa in Tamil literature was made by Western Chalukya King Somesvara III in the year 1054 AD and this was mentioned by a food historian K.T. Achaya in 6th Century. Later P. Thankappan Nair, mentioned that dosa originated from Udipi town of Karnataka. So it was strongly believed that Dosa originated from Tamil Nadu.

Above Details collected from Wikipedia.

The original Tamil Dosa was softer and thicker, but the thinner and crispier version of Dosa was originated in Udipi, Karnataka.

Names of Dosa: Dosa is known by several names, Dosai – Tamil Nadu, Dose – Kannada, Dosa – Malayalam and Telugu. Also it’s called as dhosi, dosey, doza, dhoza, those, thosai, thhosa …

Nutrition: It is high in Carbohydrates and contains no sugar or saturated fats. Also it’s a good source of protein.

Preparation: Dosa is prepared with the fermented batter made up of rice and black gram in the ratio of 4:1. Rice and Black gram are soaked overnight separately with a handful of fenugreek seeds along with rice. Later both the ingredients are drained and then urad dal is grounded to a fine paste by adding little water and then the rice along with fenugreek is grounded to a fine paste by adding water little by little. Both the batter are poured into a wide mouthed bowl, add in little salt and mix well with your hands, so that both the batter would be mixed well. Ferment the batter for almost 12 hrs, then dosa is prepared. Fenugreek seeds are added to give golden brown color and crispiness for dosa.

Recipe link with step by step dosa batter preparation: https://madraasi.com/2014/05/04/dosa/.


Fermented batter getting mixed

Shell life of Dosa Batter: Dosa batter can be refrigerated for almost 5 days in an air-tight container.


Varieties of Dosa: There are many varieties of Dosa, instead of rice and urad dal, wheat flour, rava, moong dal are also used to prepare dosa. Also dosa can be stuffed with veggies or non veg like chicken, mutton as they give different flavor and taste.

Check out this link for 10+ Dosa recipes: https://madraasi.com/2015/08/20/dosa-collection/


10+ Dosa Collection

10+ Dosa Collection

How to Serve:

Dosa is commonly served with

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Kara Chutney / Spicy Chutney


After a long time, a chutney into my chutney list – “KARA CHUTNEY”. I had this chutney once in a restaurant and wanted to have it at home, so I have accompanied this kara chutney with Adai / Lentil crepes.

Kara chutney is prepared with onions, tomatoes and red chilies. It goes out well with idli, dosa, adai and so on. Let us move on to the recipe…

Kara Chutney

Kara Chutney


  • Onions – 4 nos
  • Tomatoes – 2 nos
  • Red chilies – 9 nos
  • Garlic cloves – 5 nos
  • Tamarind – a shallot size
  • Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  • Split blackgram – ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves – two strands


  • Peel and roughly chop the onions and tomatoes.
  • Take onions, tomatoes, garlic, tamarind and red chilies together in a blender. Blend them to a fine paste by adding little water.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, add in the mustard seeds, split black gram and curry leaves. Wait until they crackle.
  • Pour in the finely grounded paste and stir them once in every five mins.
  • Continue until they turn to dark red in colour or until the raw smell goes off and the oil separates.

Serve hot.

Note: Kara chutney stays fresh for 24 hr in room temperature and stays fresh for 2 days when refrigerated.