Chana Urad Dal Chutney

Preparing chutney to go along dosa or idli? You don’t need coconut. Believe me this is the best(est) chutney you will ever try using every day ingredients from your pantry! This chutney freezes well for few months.

I learned so much from my mom. She is a great cook and very creative. I learned this chutney from her. Whenever she wanted to prepare chutney for dosa or idli, she will use dal instead of going out to buy coconut. So this dish is dedicated to her. She is the biggest inspiration in my cooking style. She taught me to cook healthy and tasty food without spending too much time or money. I owe her big time!! Love you mom❤❤.

This chutney goes with many South Indian dishes. You can freeze it and use it anytime you make any South Indian dish, it saves time when it is needed.

You need to soak dal for 2-3 hours before grinding.

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Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: Less than 10 minutes


1 cup chana dal
1/4 cup urad dal

2 cup chopped coriander leave with stems
2-3 garlic cloves
5-6 green chilies
1 inch cube of ginger
8-10 curry leaves
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp lemon juice
Salt to taste

1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp urad dal
5-7 curry leaves
1 pinch asafoetida


1. In a pan, on low to medium heat, roast chana dal and urad dal together with 2-3 drops of oil until it is golden brown. It will take around 5 minutes. Soak these dal in water for 4-5 hours.
Soak Dal

2. In a mixer grind soaked dal (discard water), coriander leaves, garlic, green chilies, ginger, curry leaves, cumin seeds, lemon juice and salt to a fine paste. Add little water if needed.

3. In a small pan, heat 1 tbsp of oil on low heat. Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, urad dal. When mustard seeds sputter, add curry leaves and asafoetida. Add this mixture to chutney immediately.

4. Mix 1-2 tbsp of yogurt (skip this if you are on vegan diet) in chutney before serving. Don’t add yogurt if you are freezing the chutney for later use. I pull out chutney from freezer couple hours before serving and then add the yogurt in the chutney we plan to use during meal. It goes well with all the South Indian dishes.

Try this very easy to make chutney which is ready in few minutes using the ingredients from your pantry.

Also let me know if you have any questions regarding this chutney.

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Welcome to Bhavna's food journey! Join me in cooking easy, simple, healthy and delicious food. I am a mother of two adult children and understand the fast life of today's adult. Hope you will enjoy and try my recipes. Looking forward to hearing from you!!

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