Thursday, January 17, 2013

Kara Chutney(Saravana Bhavan Style)

The one that I like at Saravana Bhavan is the chutneys that they serve along with Idly/Dosa.I had been missing saravana bhavan since I shifted to Tuticorin.But luckily an year back Saravana bhavan opened a branch(they should have heard my prayers;-) ) at Punnai Nagar(1/2 an hour drive from Tuticorin).This place is the native village of the owner of Saravana Bhavan group...Apart from it he had also built a nice (and also neat!!) Perumal temple nearby which always offers some type of prasadam to all the devotees ..It is also nearer to Tiruchendhur...Sometimes, on weekends we make a drive to this hotel ....of course, to taste the chutney!!On that particular day there was very less people at the restaurant ...being a regular customer to this restaurant I requested the  recipe of the red chutney from the chef who came out for a break!!!He was in great thought whether to tell or not..May be I was lucky on that day he gave a quick n brief procedure of this chutney!!!I returned back home and made it the very next day(or else I will forget the recipe)and to my surprise it tasted the same..From then on No saravana Bhavan visits!!!
This chutney goes well with hot steamed Idlies and Dosa.It gives a colourful combination when it is served with Idly along with white chutney(coconut),green Chutney(mint) and red chutney(Kara chutney)..Of course u can teach the colours to ur playschool kid!!
For the recipe please press READ MORE below..

1/2 a cup of chopped onion
1/4 Cup of Tomato chopped
4-6 nos of Dry red Chillies
1Tbsp of grated carrot(Optional)
1 Tbsp of Urad Dhal
1 tbsp of Bengal gram(Kadalai Paruppu)
salt to taste
To temper(Optional):
1 Tsp of oil
1/2 tsp of mustard seeds
1/4 tsp of Urad Dhal
1 strand of curry leaves

In a pan fry all the items one by one by adding a drop of oil.
Add the roasted items,salt into a blender.grind it into a thick paste.Then add little water and blend again.
Temper the items mentioned in the list and add it to the chutney.
Serve it with hot idlies along with coconut chutney.
It tastes good with Wheat Dosa and Oats Idly.
Handy Tips:
  • Adding carrot is will enhance little sweet taste to the chutney
  • 4 chillies will give a moderate spicyness to the dish.If u want more increase the number of chillies
  • While grinding don't add water first.Just grind the ingredients coarsely and then add water to get a smooth paste.If water is added at the first then the smooth paste consistency will not be arrived!!
  • Garlic can also be added.


  1. Tempting chutney,Amuda..glad to know more about saravana bhavan:)
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  2. I too make a similar version. looks very nice :)

  3. yummy Chutney..New to your lovely space....Happy to follow u...

  4. Tried this one today...
    Yummy :)

  5. Should I roast onion and tomato in oil as well? Or grind it raw??

  6. Should roast the tomatoes n onion too!!!tks for passing by!!

  7. nice chutney and looks tempting..
    from new

  8. There are so many recipes here for me to try. All your recipes come out great.

  9. A variation of the chutney would be by adding a piece of ginger,tamarind and 1/2 tsp fennel

  10. I tried it today the taste comes so good my husband liked it very much akka


  11. I tried it today. The taste comes so good.My husband liked it akka.

  12. Good looking Chutney. Tempting to taste.