Thursday 17 October 2013

Cabbage Chutney / Side Dish For Idli / Dosa

Here is a fresh, healthy, delicious and easy to make chutney that goes well with South Indian breakfast varieties, such as Idli, Dosa and Uttappam; suitable as an accompaniment for rice, as well.

A smart way of adding vegetable into the diet of your family members; they will not even recognize that there is a vegetable in this chutney!

Serves - 4 to 5 people


Cabbage - 1 ½ cup (chopped)
Carrot - one small (peel the skin and chop into bite size pieces)
Onion - 1 (finely chopped)
Tomato - ½ (chopped)
Ginger - 2 " piece
Channa dhal - 1 ½ tsp

Red chill - 5
Tamarind - a small piece
Grated coconut - 2 to 3 tbsp 

Oil - 2 tsp

For Seasoning:

Mustard - ½ tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Hing ( asafoetida) - a generous pinch
Curry leaves - 1 sprig

Oil - 1 tsp


Heat oil in a pan; add channa dhal.

When the colour changes to golden brown; start adding red chilies, onion, carrot, ginger and tamarind one after another.  Saute for few seconds.  

Now add the chopped tomato and salt; fry till tomatoes become soft.

Once it is done; add chopped cabbage and continue cooking in medium flame till the raw smell goes or until it become soft (no need to add water). 

Finally, add grated coconut; mix well.

Remove pan from the stove and allow it to cool. 

Take a blender or mixie and add cabbage mixture along with water (adjust the water quantity according to the desired consistency) and grind it to a fine paste. 

Transfer the chutney into a serving bowl.

Take another pan, add oil and temper with mustard seeds, urad dhal, hing and curry leaves; pour it over the chutney.

Give it a mix and serve.


If you don’t want to add coconut, you may skip that step!

You may also reduce the amount of ginger if it doesn't suit your taste.


  1. awesome presentation

  2. Can have two more idlies with this chutney..

  3. love this chutney with idli dosa :) looks super yummy dear :)

  4. Love this chutney dear!! very tempting and intersting!!

  5. yummy chutney..y'day only my mom told about this recipe through phone...Nice to have it with idlies...

  6. Yummy and new type of chutney from our usual ones..

  7. unusual and healthy chutney... would love to try...

  8. Never tried this recipe.. totally new to me.. will try..

  9. drooling over your chutney yummm.

  10. this is new to me...really healthy!
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