Red Chilli Chutney with Chana Dal (Tamil Nadu Style)

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Red chilli chutney recipe with step by step photos. Here’s A slightly hot version of Tamil Nadu Style Chutney made with red chillies, chana dal, fresh coconut and spices.

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This chutney pairs well with idli, dosa, uttapam and medu vada. Also good with starters like pakora, mysore bonda, uttapam.

I have kept the chutney mildly spiced and hot by using less red chillies. However for a more spicy taste, you can increase the number of red chillies.

Addition of tamarind also tones down the hotness and makes the chutney slightly sour. If you want a more reddish color in the chutney, then you can add Kashmiri red chillies. They are not so hot and give a good natural red coloring to the food.

This chutney gets the punch when it is tempered. So please temper the chutney. Best to have the chutney immediately or freeze the chutney and consume within 1-2 days. You can also check this similar recipe of Kerala style red coconut chutney.

How to make red chilli chutney with chana dal

1. Measure and keep all the ingredients ready for making chutney.

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2. In a blender jar, take ½ cup grated coconut (fresh or frozen) and ¼ cup roasted chana dal (roasted bengal gram). You can skip the roasted bengal gram if you don’t have it. If skipping, then add less water while grinding.

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3. Next add 2 to 3 chopped garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon chopped ginger, 1 to 2 dry red chilies (sookhi lal mirch) and 1 teaspoon tamarind (imli). You can increase the number of red chillies for a more spicy taste.

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4. Also add salt as required.

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5. Lastly add water as required. I have added ½ cup water but you can add as per consistency required in the red chilli chutney.

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6. Grind the chutney till smooth.

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7. Take the red chilli chutney in a heatproof bowl.

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Tempering the chutney

8. Keep all the ingredients ready to prepare tempering for the chutney.

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9. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a small pan. Add 1 teaspoon mustard seeds first and let them pop.

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10. Now add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds and fry them.

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11. Add 1 pinch of asafoetida (hing) and 1 sprig curry leaves (kadi patta).

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12. Fry them for a few seconds.

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13. Pour the hot tempering over the chutney.

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14. Mix well and Serve the chutney with snacks like rava idli or masala dosa or rava dosa or oats idli or mysore bonda or uttapam or medu vada.

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Red Chilli Chutney (with Chana Dal)

This Tamil Nadu Style Red Chilli Chutney is made with red chilies, chana dal, fresh coconut and spices. It tastes good with idli or dosa or vada and even snacks like pakora, uttapam, bonda.
4.88 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Cuisine South Indian
Course Appetizers
Servings 2


main ingredients

  • ½ cup grated coconut fresh or frozen
  • ¼ cup roasted chana dal (roasted bengal gram)
  • 1 or 2 dry red chilis
  • 1 teaspoon chopped ginger
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves , chopped
  • 1 teaspoon tamarind
  • salt as required
  • ½ cup water for grinding or as required

for tempering the chutney

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves


  • Take ½ cup grated coconut, ¼ cup roasted chana dal, 1 to 2 dry red chilies, 1 teaspoon chopped ginger, chopped 2 to 3 garlic, 1 teaspoon tamarind, salt in a blender jar.
  • Grind all the ingredients with ½ cup water or as required, till smooth.
  • Take the coconut chutney in a bowl.
  • Heat oil in a small pan.
  • Add the mustard seeds first and let them pop.
  • Now add cumin seeds and fry them.
  • Add the asafoetida and curry leaves.
  • Fry for a few seconds and add to the chutney
  • Mix well and serve the chutney with idli, dosa, uttapam or medu vada.

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Red Chilli Chutney (with Chana Dal)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 324 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Sodium 630mg27%
Potassium 387mg11%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 847IU17%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 59mg295%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 199mg241%
Vitamin E 3mg20%
Vitamin K 10µg10%
Calcium 97mg10%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 606µg152%
Iron 3mg17%
Magnesium 45mg11%
Phosphorus 90mg9%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Hi
    All your recipes are awesome.. thanks for sharing.. have tried few of them.. In the above chutney you have used roasted gram. I.e, putaani..and not Channa dal. .
    The pics shows putaani.
    Pls clarify..

    1. thanks aparna. roasted gram or putaani is roasted chana dal. roasted chana dal is easily available in indian stores.

  2. Hey, this s my go to recipe for chutney, bookmarked! Also i fry onions before adding chutney, makes it even better.5 stars

    1. Thanks Binu for your positive feedback on coconut chutney. Good to know this.

  3. All your recipes are perfect and the picture presentation makes it even more easier and interesting!!

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