50 easy chutney recipes for dosa, idli & indian snacks

Collection of 50 easy chutney recipes for dosa, idli, uttapam, samosa, vada, sandwich, pakora and other popular Indian chaat snacks. This collection includes popular Indian chutney varieties from regional Indian cuisine.

Chutney recipes originated in the Indian sub continent. Indians have taken food very seriously as a science and experimented with the spices, herbs, vegetables, fruits to come out with best recipes from them. Like Indian architecture, music, dance etc… Indian food is also very rich, vast as well as colorful.

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What is chutney used for

Chutney plays a very multiple role in Indian cuisine despite the fact that it can be easily tucked away in any corner of the plate. Its an important ingredient for serving idli, dosa, vada, uttapam, sandwiches or most chaat items like samosa, pakora, aloo patties, dabeli, sev puri, bhel puri, ragda patties and so on. In short, Indian street food is powered by chutneys.

  • Chutney acts as an appetizer and also some are good for digestion.
  • They adds their own flavor and many recipes like idli, dosa or chaat items like samosa, tikki, pakora cannot be enjoyed totally without an accompanying chutney. If you serve idli or samosa without a chutney to an Indian food lover then it will be an incomplete meal for him. Such is the importance of chutney.
  • Sweet chutney can be applied to biscuits, crackers and sandwich. Basically the sweet chutney is more used in europe where the european traders took the chutney recipes from India in the 17th century. European style of making chutney has a thick consistency and almost like a jam or jelly. Whereas Indian chutney recipes are not so thick and are semi-liquid in type.

Chutney can be made with fruits, vegetable, herb or spices. Usually in most chutney recipes, one ingredient predominates the taste and that’s how the chutney is named. Most of the famous chutney recipes are made using coconut, mint, coriander, cilantro, garlic, ginger, mango, tamarind, red chili, green chili, lime, peanut, cumin, fenugreek, asafoetida and tomato.

Chutney stays well for few days, if stored in refrigerator. but always better to consume it fresh.

50 chutney recipes for snacks

1. Tomato chutney recipe – spicy, tangy and tasty chutney made from tomatoes. No onion no garlic recipe. though if you want you can add onions as well as garlic. this tomato chutney pairs extremely well with idli, dosa, uttapam or vada varieties or even with pakoras.

tomato chutney recipe

2. Coconut chutney recipe – this coconut chutney is our favorite accompaniment to go with South Indian tiffin breakfast like dosa, medu vada and idlis.

coconut chutney recipe

3. Pudina chutney recipe – this is the same pudina chutney recipe that is served in restaurants with tandoori snacks like veg kabab, veg shammi kabab, hara bhara kabab and tikkas like paneer tikka, mushroom tikka etc.

mint chutney recipe

4. Onion chutney recipe – quick and easy onion chutney recipe for idli, dosa and uttapam. Onion chutney has complex flavors – the slight tartness of the tamarind, the smokiness of the red chilies, the slight pungent flavor of garlic, the sweetness of the onions and the earthy flavor of the lentils. Since it has so many flavors combined in one, it goes very well with tiffin snacks like idli or dosa or uttapam.

onion chutney recipe

5. Peanut chutney recipe – healthy and delicious peanut chutney for idli, dosa, uttapam or any Indian snack. unlike coconut chutney this peanut chutney won’t get spoiled or rancid if you add it to tiffin box or keep it out.

peanut chutney recipe

6. Coriander chutney recipe – one chutney and many uses. This Coriander chutney is a nice accompaniment with veg sandwich, aloo tikki, dhokla, dabeli, aloo tikki burger. a no onion and no garlic chutney recipe.

coriander chutney recipe

7. Red chutney for dosa – i make this spiced red chutney whenever I make mysore masala dosa. this red chutney recipe is easy to prepare and does not require coconut. You need some roasted chana dal aka bengal gram to make this chutney.

red chutney recipe

8. Ginger chutney – this Andhra style ginger chutney also called as allam pachadi or allam chutney has a sweet, spicy and sour taste and accompanies idli, dosa or steamed rice very well.

ginger chutney

9. Kara chutney recipe – South Indian recipe of spicy tomato chutney. this chutney is spicy as red chilies are added. You can make it less spicy if you want, by adding less chilies or using chilies which are low in heat. You can serve kara chutney with idli, dosa or uttapam. This chutney specifically also goes very well with methi dosa.

kara chutney recipe

10. Onion tomato chutney recipe – easy to make onion tomato chutney for idli, dosa or medu vada.

onion tomato chutney recipe

11. Idli podi – idli podi is condiment of spiced dry powder made with lentils and red chilies. Idli podi is served with idli or dosa.

idli podi recipe

12. Beetroot chutney recipe – tasty chutney made with beetroot for idli and dosa. this is a vibrant colored chutney thanks to the reddish-pink hues coming from the beetroots. The colorful chutney looks attractive and tastes good too.

beetroot chutney recipe

13. Capsicum chutney recipe – nutritious chutney recipe made with red capsicum or red bell peppers. this capsicum chutney tastes very good and if you like capsicum, you will like this chutney recipe too. I served it with akki roti, but even with idli or dosa the chutney tastes good.

capsicum chutney recipe

14. Schezwan sauce recipe – hot, spicy schezwan to perk up your meals. An Indo Chinese fusion recipe. Schezwan sauce can be served as condiment with snacks like potato wedges or veg cutlet, french fries, corn patties, burgers, spring rolls and veg momos. Even with the Indian pakoras, the sauce goes amazingly well.

schezwan sauce recipe

15. Mango chutney recipe – easy mango chutney recipe made with semi ripe mangoes. there is a sweet and tangy taste to the chutney. Addition of ginger, gives a fresh ginger flavor in the chutney. the mango chutney can be served as a side dish along with a main course Indian meal.  it can also be had with rotis, parathas or simply as it is.

mango chutney recipe

16. Curry leaves chutney recipe – a versatile chutney made with curry leaves, coconut and roasted bengal gram. This is a versatile chutney and you can serve it with any Indian snack be it pakoras, upma, as a sandwich spread, dhokla, idli, dosa or vada.

curry leaves chutney recipe

17. Carrot chutney recipe – quick and tasty carrot chutney recipe. This recipe of carrot chutney has coconut also added and tastes very good with soft dosas like poha dosa, neer dosa, benne dosa, idlis, adai and even medu vada. You can also serve with dal vada or masala vada.

carrot chutney recipe

18. Tomato sauce recipe – homemade tomato ketchup made from fresh tomatoes. A sauce which only has tomatoes and tomatoes. this homemade ketchup sauce is full of tomato goodness. No pastiness, no sugary taste…. There is tang of the tomatoes and the texture is rich with tomatoes.

tomato ketchup recipe

19. Red coconut chutney recipe – a bright red colored Kerala style chutney for idli, dosa and uttapams.

Kerala style red coconut chutney recipe

20. Tomato pachadi recipe – this recipe of tomato pachadi is basically an Andhra style tomato chutney which is tangy, sour and spicy. These three flavor profiles in this tomato chutney pairs very well with an idli, dosa, uttapam, adai or ulundu vada.

tomato pachadi recipe

20. Tamarind chutney recipe – sweet tangy gooey chutney made with tamarind, dates and jaggery that is often accompanied with Indian Chaat snacks like pani puri, bhel puri, sev puri, aloo tikki and even samosa or pakoras. Its a one stop chutney recipe solution for all your chaat and fried savory snacks.

sweet tamarind chutney recipe

21. Hummus recipe – hummus is a popular middle eastern dip made from cooked, mashed chickpeas. Hummus is great as a spread On sandwiches or burgers. You could also have it as a dip with fried, roasted or steamed veggies. Best is to have hummus with pita bread. Even it tastes good with garlic naan or butter naan.

hummus recipe

22. Green chutney for chaat recipes – a quick chutney that can be added to many chaat snacks like sev puri, ragda patties, bhel puri and samosa chole. The chutney is versatile and can also be used as an accompaniment with snacks like sandwiches, batata vada, vada pav, veg cutlet. To make the chutney more spicy, you can increase the quantity of green chillies.

green chutney for chaat recipes served in a bowl

23. Baingan chutney recipe – simple, easy and quick chutney made with aubergines. the preparation of baingan chutney is similar to baingan bharta, but fewer spices and herbs are used in this chutney. this smoky mushy dish serves very well as a side dish with chapatis and also with dal-rice. You can also have it as a dip with pakoras or fritters.

baingan chutney recipe

24. Momos chutney recipe – spicy chutney for veg momos made with tomatoes, garlic and red chilies. apart from veg momos, this spicy tomato chutney also goes well with any pakoras or fritters or tikkis.

momos chutney recipe

25. Red chili garlic chutney recipe – this is a spicy red chutney for chaat recipes and is Made with just three ingredients – dry red chilies, garlic and salt. This red chilli garlic chutney Is versatile as it can be added to spice up a lot of chaat snacks like – sev puri, bhel puri, ragda patties, dahi puri. You can also use a bit of this chutney in wraps or as a side chutney with pakoras or veg momos.

red chutney for chaat recipes

26. Muhamarra recipe – muhammara is a roasted red bell pepper dip from the middle eastern cuisine. Muhammara is a really awesome dip and if you have not tried and then you should try it. Muhammara goes very well with toasted pita bread wedges, french fries, raw veggies, hara bhara kebab, falafel.

muhamarra recipe

27. Pudina thogayal recipe – pudina thogayal is a tangy and thick chutney made with fresh mint leaves or pudina. Thogayal or thuvaiyal is a thick or coarsely ground chutney made in the Tamil Nadu cuisine.

pudina thogayal

28. Sandwich chutney recipe – green chutney recipe for preparing Mumbai style sandwiches.

green chutney recipe for sandwich

29. Imli ki chutney recipe – sweet and tangy chutney made with tamarind, jaggery and ginger powder. Saunth chutney is often used in North Indian chaat snacks like dahi bhalle, dahi vada, samosa chaat. Its also served with samosa, kachori, pani puri and pakoras. the chutney is slightly thick with a smooth texture.

saunth chutney recipe

30. Cabbage pachadi recipe – South Indian recipe of a spicy and tangy chutney made with cabbage (patta gobi). this cabbage chutney can be served with idli or dosa or uttapams. You can also serve it a side chutney along with dal-rice or sambar-rice

cabbage pachadi recipe

31. Bengali tomato chutney recipe – a delicious, sweet and spiced tomato chutney made with dates and with the flavors, aroma of panch phoron (Bengali 5 spice mix).

Bengali tomato chutney recipe

32. Sesame chutney recipe – this is a quick and easy chutney recipe, if you have all the ingredients at home. Even bachelors or novice cook can make it easily at home. The chutney pairs very well with idlis, dosa and with rice kanji (savoury rice porridge).

sesame coconut chutney recipe

33 Papaya chutney recipe – papaya sambharo is crunchy and spiced chutney made from raw unripe papaya. Usually served with fafda, ghatiya, methi na gota and khaman dhokla. you can also serve it with methi thepla or rava dhokla or plain parathas or aloo paratha and even as a side dish with dal-rice.

papaya sambharo recipe

34. Pomegranate chutney Recipe – anardana chutney is a spicy and tangy chutney recipe. a quick and easy chutney recipe and can be made within 15 minutes. the pomegranate chutney would be a good accompaniment or a dip with pakoras, fritters, samosa or tandoori snacks or grilled snacks.

pomegranate chutney recipe

35. Fafda chutney recipe – making this besan chutney is ridiculously easy, quick and taste good with fafda, gathiya, chorafali and gota. during Dussehra festival fafda along with this besan chutney, papaya chutney and jalebi is sold like hot cakes in Gujarat.

fafda chutney recipe

34. Mint coriander chutney recipe – This is an easy chutney recipe made only with four ingredients – fresh mint leaves, coriander leaves, green chilies and ginger. this chutney is usually used as a spread for sandwiches. The chutney can also be had with pakoras, samosas, bhel puri, chana masala, potato chips and even as an accompaniment with dal rice.

Mint Coriander Chutney Recipe

35. Sweet potato chutney Recipe – a delicious South Indian spiced chutney made with sweet potatoes.

sweet potato chutney recipe

36. Punjabi style green chutney recipe – tangy and strongly flavored chutney. This green chutney can be had as a dip or can be used as a spread. Best with some onion pakora, samosa, aloo tikki, french fries, paneer tikka, veg cutlet, tandoori or grilled veggies or snacks.

Punjabi green chutney recipe

37. Sweet green chutney recipe – mildly sweet and lightly tangy green chutney made from coriander and mint leaves. This green chutney had the flavors of mint and coriander as well as the tang from lemon juice with a sweet taste due to the sugar. the lemon juice helps to preserve the chutney and this green chutney has a shelf life for 4-5 days if stored in refrigerator.

sweet green chutney recipe

38. Green mango chutney recipe – this recipe of green mango chutney is my mom’s and we usually have this mango chutney with dal-rice or with rice kanji/pej (savory rice porridge). Since the mangoes are raw, so this chutney is sour in taste.

green mango chutney recipe

39. Pesto recipe – a simple recipe of pesto made with fresh basil and almonds. pesto is a sauce from italy made with crushing basil leaves, pine nuts and garlic blended in olive oil and cheese. it can be had with pasta, sauted or boiled vegetables, salad or even as a topping on toasted breads/buns.

pesto recipe

40. Peri peri sauce recipe – a hot and fiery piri piri sauce made with red chilies from the portuguese cuisine. The peri peri sauce is so yum and spicy that we have it with everything like vegetables, rice, salads, bread. It brings some zest and spice to the dish, especially if the dish is bland and not spicy. Simply love it. You can also serve it with snacks like french fries, veg momos, veg spring rolls, aloo tikki etc.

peri peri sauce recipe

41. Pizza sauce recipe – an easy, quick and delicious recipe to make an awesome tomato pizza sauce. This pizza sauce is made with fresh tomatoes, garlic and basil.

basic pizza tomato sauce recipe

42. Sweet mango chutney recipe – this yummy and quick mango chutney is made from ripe mangoes and fresh grated coconut. the mango chutney Goes very well with dal-rice combination. Since it is sweet and made along with coconut it tastes good with idli and dosas too

sweet mango chutney recipe

43. Hara lahsun chutney recipe – easy and garlicky chutney made from garlic chives and fresh coriander. This garlic chives chutney Is excellent with starters like kababs or tandoori paneer, mushroom tikka or grilled vegetables. They would go well with samosas or aloo tikki or bread pakoras too.

garlic chives chutney recipe

44. Phalahari chutney recipe for fasting – a green chutney made from fresh coriander leaves that I make on fasting or vrat days. This phalahari chutney is easy and quick to make and an ideal accompaniment with fasting snacks or any other fried fasting snack of your choice.

phalahari chutney recipe

Coconut chutney recipes for dosa idli

1. Hotel style coconut chutney recipe – this is a Quick  coconut chutney recipe that goes extremely well with idli, dosa, uttapam and medu vada. This chutney also goes well with upma. what contributes majorly to the earthy taste of this coconut chutney is roasted bengal gram or chana dal.

hotel style coconut chutney recipe

2. Spicy coconut chutney recipe – spicy coconut chutney that is served with davangere benne dosa. this is a simple recipe of coconut chutney that is spicy and uses minimal ingredients.  you can also serve this easy coconut chutney with poha dosa, set dosa and even plain dosa or uttapams.

davangere coconut chutney recipe

3. Red chilli chutney recipe – a slightly hot version of red chilli coconut chutney. like most of the coconut chutneys, this chutney pairs well with idli, dosa, uttapam and medu vada. Also good with starters like pakoras.

red chilli coconut chutney recipe

4. Coconut curd chutney recipe – another variation of a delicious coconut chutney made with yogurt. Excellent with idli and dosas.

coconut curd chutney recipe

5. Nariyal ki chutney recipe – this coconut chutney is simple and makes use of ingredients which are easily available in your kitchen. i have made this nariyal chutney both with fresh coconut as well as with desiccated coconut. Both ways the chutney tastes good.

nariyal chutney recipe

6. Garlic coconut chutney recipe – coconut chutney recipe with flavors of garlic along with coconut, chana dal, coriander and curry leaves. this garlic coconut chutney is not tempered.

garlic coconut chutney recipe

7. Pudina pachadi – this pudina chutney with coconut is made with fresh mint leaves, coconut and spices. This pudina pachadi is one more variation of using fresh herbs while making coconut chutney varieties.

mint coconut chutney recipe

8. Cilantro coconut chutney recipe – this chutney is another variation of coconut chutney which goes well with idli, dosa, vada, uttapam, upma or other South Indian tiffin snacks.

coriander coconut chutney recipe

9. Coconut garlic chutney recipe – chutney made with coconut, garlic, green chilies and flavored more with tempering spices.

coconut garlic chutney recipe

10. Vrat ki coconut chutney – i make this simplest coconut chutney on fasting days to be served as a side dish with the vrat snacks like vrat ke uttapam or vrat ki idli. At times when I want to make a quick coconut chutney.

coconut chutney recipe for fasting or vrat

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Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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33 comments/reviews

  1. Hi Dassana,

    Thanks for wonderful collection of chutneys. Really loved these, in fact we try one each day with our lunch. My family loved it.

    Could you please suggest some dry chutneys which can be stored for few days like peanut chutney, til chutney that we use in maharashtra?


    • thanks a lot akshada. i have not yet added dry version of maharashtrian chutneys. i still have to add them. i have shared one dry garlic chutney that is had with vada pav. but i also have this chutney with my meals or fried snacks. this chutney can be stored in the fridge and is made with red chilies, sesame seeds, garlic and desiccated coconut. you can even add roasted peanuts. recipe is here – https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/dry-garlic-chutney-recipe/

      i will try to add the chutney recipes you have mentioned.

  2. this reciepes sound interesting… Will try some of it
    Thanks alot

    • Welcome Habiba

  3. Looking great…it looks amazing..
    Am sure its going to be interesting

    • Thanks Habiba.

  4. Trying to find out what green chili’s to use. Please help, making cilantro chutney


    • andrea, you can use jalapeno or hatch green chilies. if using jalapeno, then add less or else the chutney will become spicy. the indian green chilies are more like hatch green chilies.

  5. Maam its a amazing collection and recipes..i have learned lots of these …
    But can u please provide the search option..

    • Thanks Rajkumar. If you click on Menu option on top left corner then first option is of “search”

  6. I am cooking novice and your immensely versatile blog has impressed my husband and in-laws. Thanks a ton 🙂 Keep sharing.

    • Welcome Pritha. Nice to know this.

  7. Amazing recipes
    Looks beautiful and appetising..will definitely
    make them for family n friends

    Kind Regards

    • surely try lallie and let us know how they were? thankyou so much.

  8. Dear mam ,
    your recipe of baigan chutney is very simple & very tasty . My hubby like it so much . Please add some more recipes in potato & veg curries section .

    • pleased to know this would surely take your request on our file and thankyou 🙂

  9. Hello dassana, it’s great there r so many options for chutneys to try, which would go well with handva n dhokla? Please suggest..!! And one request please post handva recipe.

    • thanks kshitija. coriander chutney will go very well with dhokla. i will try to add the recipe of handvo.

  10. I want to write a food blog. But how?
    Plz guide.

    • priyanka, check this post on how to start a food blog – https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/how-to-start-a-food-blog/

  11. Hi,I am a keralite and have lots of Tamil Telugu friends who make variety of chutneys…would you be able to post in few more varieties of tomato chutneys…i love them with idli/dosa..

    • anooshreya, i will try to add.

  12. helo, am from South and we have many vegetables for chutnies. We use brinjal, red pumpkin, ridge gourd, cabbage, carrot, beetroot , chowchow, for chutny. It’s my humble suggestion that along with your chutnies you may add these too, or have I missed seeing yours if you had already given. I liked kata meet a chutny,the tangy sweet one . Seem to be at your site very much at this age!!!! Don’t mind a long as people around enjoy and I can cater them with non familiar items. God bless u. DK

    • i know about the various chutneys dk ji. just that i have not yet made them. but as you suggest, i will try to add them. sweet chutney i make in bulk and keep in the fridge. does not get spoiled and goes very well with chaat snacks. thanks again dk ji.

      • Dasanna, I fully agree with you. The chutnies made with vegetables will just for the time being. It was only a suggestion. I have saved your green chutney, date chutney and saunth one too. God bless you. DK

        • agree 🙂 i totally appreciate your suggestion dk ji. after i read your comment, i was like how come i skipped making these chutneys. i will try to add some. thanks once again.

  13. Really i liked your all recipe its useful to working Women.

    • thanks shruthi

  14. Fabulous recipes u have…Dassana…god bless u

    • thanks anjali for your kind words.

  15. Really liked all ur recepies..thank you soo much

    • welcome rohit

  16. very good