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Idli, one of the south Indian staple and favorite choice for the breakfast. They are usually paired with chutnies, kothsu, sambar and more.. even though we have lot of accompaniment for this. Some time we lack in the choice of accompaniment or variety. So today I am posting Black urad dhal chutney which is so healthy and perfect for idlies, dosas, and chutney dosa.. Even I am posting the recipe for the idli, I know everybody knew it. But don't mind as this is my digital diary. I am just uploading my simple idli too.....As the name of the chutney is black urad dhal chutney it is the main ingredient which gives nice texture and flavor to the chutney. Moreover using with the skin makes it more healthy.

Ingredients for chutney :

Black urad dhal - 1/8 cup
Channa dhal - 1/8 cup
Roasted channa dhal(Pottukadalai) - 1/8 cup
Fresh coriander leaves - 1 handful
Curry leaves - 1 handful
Ripen green chilli - 5 to 6 (If you want spicy add extra 2)
Coconut - 1 tbsp
Jaggery - 1/2 tsp
Tamarind paste - 1/2 tbsp( adjsut according to your taste)
Asafoetida - 1 tsp
Salt - as required
Oil very little for frying.
Mustard for seasoning.

Method :

1. Heat oil in the pan add the dhals and saute till very light brown color in low heat.
2. Keep aside and saute all other ingredients one by one. Except tamarind and jaggery.
3. Once everything is cooled, put it in the blender(Dhals, leaves, coconut, chillies, jaggery, asafoetida, Tamarind paste, salt) to make a coarse paste to get the yummy chutney.
4. Season with mustard. Serve with idli and dosa.


1.Don't make it fine paste as it spoils the taste.
2.Saute the dhals till the nice aroma comes and color slightly changes to very very light brown.
3.You can saute the dhals one by one too.
4.Fry the fresh leaves slightly.
5.This chutney very well goes with hot rice and ghee too..

Ingredients for Idli :

Idli rice - 4 cups
Urad dhal - 1 cup
Fenugreek seeds - 1 1/2 tsp

Method :

1. Soak the rice for 3 to 4 hours. And dhal for atleast 1 hr.
2. Grind the urad dhal to fine paste until nice foam comes.
3. Remove in the container. Now grind the rice not very fine.
4. Mix the dhal and the rice by adding salt and ferment it overnight.
5. Pour in the idli moulds and steam for 7 to 8 minutes.
6. Serve hot hot with your favorite accompaniment.

Note :

Since I don't have grinder. I add handful of beaten rice or cooked rice to get softer idlies.

tasteofsaras  – (February 4, 2010 at 10:05 AM)  

Ahaa..super chutney with soft and fluffy idiies that's beautifully presented:D

Ash  – (February 4, 2010 at 10:05 AM)  

I have a confession to make.... Forever, than the prep, I keep gazing at the presentation.... And the prep comes second.... or sometimes last.... U r so talented...
That is a nice & yummy chutney....


Sailaja Damodaran  – (February 4, 2010 at 10:16 AM)  

Super chutney,very creative.Love the decoration

chef and her kitchen  – (February 4, 2010 at 10:19 AM)  

Hmm..thats the same way even i make my idlies..I even a handful of cooked rice or poha and dahi to the batter which makes the idlies more softer....
I agree urad wid skin is more healthy...perfect combo....I love idlies with anything sambar r chutney...

priya  – (February 4, 2010 at 10:30 AM)  

wow...i just want to grab that plate of idly and chutney...idly looks so soft and would be perfect with those delicious chutney!...yummy!

Rohini  – (February 4, 2010 at 10:40 AM)  

Yummy idlis n wonderful chutney to go with it.. I havent made chtuney with black urad dal.. Must taste heavenly na?

Shanthi Krishnakumar  – (February 4, 2010 at 11:04 AM)  

Fantastic chutney and sure will go very well with idlis.

kamala  – (February 4, 2010 at 11:07 AM)  

This is a healthy chutney nice combo with idli

Unknown  – (February 4, 2010 at 11:13 AM)  

yummy chutney,fluffy idli,,,nice presentation...

Anu  – (February 4, 2010 at 11:16 AM)  

wow yummy chutney... Nice presentation...

Unknown  – (February 4, 2010 at 11:28 AM)  

Looks superb,, beautifil kolam with urad dal.

Vrinda  – (February 4, 2010 at 12:13 PM)  

Urad dal chutney is new to me...looks gr8

Kalai  – (February 4, 2010 at 12:19 PM)  

Never tried chutney wid urad dal. Tempting pic.

Trendsetters  – (February 4, 2010 at 12:21 PM)  

hey healthy chutney...the idlies look very niceeeeee

Deepti  – (February 4, 2010 at 1:02 PM)  

Can feel the softness of ur idlis from the snap itself...Awesome presentation...Thanks 4 the recipe !!

Priya Suresh  – (February 4, 2010 at 1:22 PM)  

Urad dal chutney looks yummy..lovely presentation Pavithra..

Sook  – (February 4, 2010 at 1:40 PM)  

Oh wow, this chutney looks fantastic. Thanks for the great instruction, too!

SE  – (February 4, 2010 at 2:38 PM)  

yummy...this is such a healthy chutney..fully loaded with proteins.

Cham  – (February 4, 2010 at 4:22 PM)  

U should spend some hours to click a pict! Looks beautiful!

KavyaNaimish  – (February 4, 2010 at 5:32 PM)  

ur way of presentation is always gr888..

Cicily Antony  – (February 4, 2010 at 5:37 PM)  

i jus love your lentil rangolis...

Rachana  – (February 4, 2010 at 6:04 PM)  

Beautiful presentation...and the idli's look so soft, is perfect with the chutney:)

Home Cooked Oriya Food  – (February 4, 2010 at 7:49 PM)  

perfect with the chutney and what a lovely presentation..

Ramya Vijaykumar  – (February 4, 2010 at 8:01 PM)  

Never added Jaggery to this chutney, shall try it next time... pics are perfect!!!

Anupama  – (February 4, 2010 at 8:37 PM)  

Absolutely new chutney to me! I bet it was great with idlis

AdukalaVishesham  – (February 4, 2010 at 8:44 PM)  

this chutney is very new to us...looks good.. and very creative presentation...

Rekha shoban  – (February 4, 2010 at 9:56 PM)  

wow!!wonderful presentation and yummy chutney dear....

Renuka Bedre - Rao  – (February 4, 2010 at 10:11 PM)  

i am always look out for different chutneys!! this recipe is so gr8..lovely pics!

Gita Jaishankar  – (February 4, 2010 at 10:54 PM)  

I too make this hubby loves this with idlis...lovely presentation :)

PJ  – (February 4, 2010 at 11:27 PM)  

wow, delicious chutney and idlis! black urad daal chutney is new to me, looks very tempting! beautiful photo composition, as always :)

Anu Nandu  – (February 5, 2010 at 12:32 AM)  

Looks stunning! Glad to see you're back. Hope your hand is better now!

lata raja  – (February 5, 2010 at 1:32 AM)  

Pavithra, looking at the colour of the chutney, i can imagine the taste :) And look at those idlis...just so spongy:)

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (February 5, 2010 at 1:37 AM)  

oh what a nice presentation.urad dhal chutney is new to me.Very healthy dhal..That too with the skin the dhal makes the dish very healthy

Shabs..  – (February 5, 2010 at 3:56 AM)  

hey pavi..
thats a lovely chutney....I love those idlis by the way....I never made such idly...BTW, i just posted RAwa idly few days back....u might like them...chk it out....thats for this idlis recipe.(I dint know that)..:) and chuntney's too/....its very new to me......

Valarmathi Sanjeev  – (February 5, 2010 at 4:15 AM)  

Yummy chutney and lovely presentation

Khaugiri  – (February 5, 2010 at 4:20 AM)  

I agree with Ashkuku.... nice chutney and presentation too:)

Chef Jeena  – (February 5, 2010 at 6:17 AM)  

When I visit your blog I always with I brought a spoon so that I could dig right into your delicious meals.

Hamaree Rasoi  – (February 5, 2010 at 8:26 AM)  

Mouthwatering chutney and fluffy idlies makes a day . Very good presentation.

Panchpakwan  – (February 5, 2010 at 2:02 PM)  

lovely chutney and no doubt abt the presentation..its so good:)

Perspectivemedley  – (February 5, 2010 at 8:16 PM)  

Hey Pavithra!.. wonderful recipe.. beautifully presented and a delicious combo!.. very very nice!.. I like your presentations very much.. very creative!

Nithya  – (February 5, 2010 at 8:52 PM)  

something new to me anni. Guess amma does not make this chutney. :) nice presentation as ever.

Divya  – (February 5, 2010 at 9:57 PM)  

Bet, it tasted yummmmmmy :) Thanks for sharing !!!

ARUNA  – (February 6, 2010 at 12:12 AM)  

Hey Pavithra, so good to c u and iam glad to be back. Excellent presentation as always, and definitely a yummy chutney.

Abhilash Pillai  – (February 6, 2010 at 5:51 AM)  

I have tried coconut chutneys with idli but never a udad dal chutney. This can be tried. ;)

Yasmeen  – (February 6, 2010 at 10:08 AM)  

Never thought of chutney with Blk urad dal,thanks for sharing Pavithra :D

radha  – (February 6, 2010 at 11:46 AM)  

This is something different. The idlis look softy and fluffy.

Parita  – (February 6, 2010 at 12:54 PM)  

I seriously dont have any words left for your creativity and presentation dear, its mind blowing!

Red Chillies  – (February 6, 2010 at 2:01 PM)  

Very interesting chutney and that too without coconut. Will keep this in mind next time.

Anonymous –   – (February 6, 2010 at 9:26 PM)  

so new pavithra.looks damn gud and undoubtedly a healthy chutney

jayashree  – (February 6, 2010 at 11:58 PM)  

Hey, this is the kind of chutney I would like to try !
I'm drawing inspiration from your presentation.
Thanks for the visual & culinary treat.

Raks  – (February 7, 2010 at 1:27 AM)  

This is very new to me Pavithra,a healthy combo! soft looking idiles too! I too have been thinking for a while to post idly preparation!

Vaishali  – (February 8, 2010 at 12:32 PM)  
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Vaishali  – (February 8, 2010 at 12:33 PM)  

I don't usually make chutneys with dals, and am really glad to see your recipe. It sounds delicious and looks amazing. Thanks, Pavithra!

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