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My last post was Poori - Fried Indian bread, you can click here and see those golden beauties.  There are few accompaniments that go with poori and this "BOMBAY CHUTNEY" is one among them.  I have no clue why it is called as BOMBAY CHUTNEY :) even some people call it as instant sambar.  It is also called as Pitla by Maharashtrian people which varies slightly in seasoning part.  Whatever is the name this is perfect combination with South Indian delicacies like Roti, Poori, Idli, Dosa, Rava Dosa even with steamed Basmati rice.  This can be prepared in no time with very basic ingredients.   We all love this a lot and hope you will enjoy this accompaniment too :)



Ingredients :

Chick pea flour (Besan) - 1/3 cup
Water - 2 cups
Ginger paste - 1 tsp
Green chilli paste - 1 tsp
Onion -1 big (sliced)
Tomato - 1 chopped
Curry leaves - few
Coriander - few chopped finely
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 1tbsp


Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Urad dhal - 1 tsp
Channa dhal - 1 tsp



1. Heat oil in the pan; add mustard seeds, Urad dhal and Channa dhal.  Once the mustard stop spluttering and dhal changes to golden brown color add onion and curry leaves.
2. When onion turns transparent add ginger and green chilli paste.
3. Now add tomato, turmeric and little salt.
4. Sauté till the tomato is mushy.
5. Now dilute the Besan with 2 cups of water using a whisk without any lumps.
6. Add the diluted Besan to the tomato mixture and stir occasionally.
7. After few minutes the Besan mixtures comes to rolling boil, and it starts to thicken.  You should not find any trace of raw smell from the Besan at this time.  When the desired consistency is reached (when it cools it thickens so it should not be too thick when it is hot) switch of the flame.
8. Garnish with the chopped coriander leaves.
9. Enjoy with your favorite South Indian Delicacies :)

Unknown  – (May 3, 2012 at 12:25 PM)  

Nice clicks as always. We also make them very often but call this as readymade/Instant sambar :-)

Madhavi  – (May 3, 2012 at 12:42 PM)  

Yummm chutney...In Gujarat we eat chutney with fafda and khaman :))

Unknown  – (May 3, 2012 at 1:40 PM)  

wow, that looks delicious. I have heard about it, but never prepared. A quick recipe, when there is nothing else to prepare or think. Thanks :)

Shruti  – (May 3, 2012 at 1:59 PM)  

that's a tasty gravy...pooris are my favorite , i like it with shrikhand too. made the peanut power smoothie - loved it :)

Simplyfood  – (May 3, 2012 at 2:27 PM)  

This chutney sounds delicious I have never heard chutney made from besan. Very innovative , will definitely book mark and try it.

Richa  – (May 3, 2012 at 6:30 PM)  

Looks delicious! gorgeous clicks as always. I have never made this chutney. will definitely try it this weekend!

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Kalyani  – (May 3, 2012 at 6:40 PM)  

yummy chutney ... i too make the same way but we call this as onion curry ... my hubby's fav curry for pooris ........

chef and her kitchen  – (May 3, 2012 at 9:00 PM)  

I love this combo wid dosa and chapati..and the potato based one wid poori...yumm yumm.:)

Unknown  – (May 3, 2012 at 9:17 PM)  

Thick and kind of sidedish..looks yum with pooris

Hari Chandana P  – (May 3, 2012 at 9:45 PM)  

Yummy and tempting chutney.. Awesome clicks :)
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Lavanya Raj  – (May 3, 2012 at 9:46 PM)  

my mom makes this very rarely. i totally forgot this chutney! thanks for posting, sure i will try..

Zari(Nilam)  – (May 3, 2012 at 10:48 PM)  

delicious....chatni is awesome.

Raks  – (May 4, 2012 at 12:18 AM)  

Superb combo,we just add a small amount of flour to our regular poori masala, this should be also tasting similar to that. Awesome recipe

lubnakarim06  – (May 4, 2012 at 1:50 AM)  

Never knew it was called Bombay chutney...looks creamy and yum....

Priya Suresh  – (May 4, 2012 at 7:16 AM)  

Prefect side dish for fluffy pooris..

Suparna  – (May 4, 2012 at 7:35 AM)  

new to me ...looks just like diluted aloo bhaji...shall want to try it sometime...thanks

Victoria Challancin  – (May 4, 2012 at 8:12 AM)  

Although I've eaten pooris many times in both India and Bahrain, but I don't remember having enjoyed this chutney. Most intriguing--looks great.

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (May 4, 2012 at 10:43 AM)  

This chutney is my most fav one and we usually have it for idli or dosa.Will try on pooris next time. Nice clicks

radha  – (May 4, 2012 at 2:31 PM)  

Will try it very soon. Looks inviting. Nice step by step account.

Unknown  – (May 4, 2012 at 2:45 PM)  

Looks appetizing ..yummy combo

Poornima Nair  – (May 4, 2012 at 6:24 PM)  

The name remains a mystery, but its the best thing with puris. I also add some boiled potatoes to it to please Manoj.

notyet100  – (May 9, 2012 at 5:25 AM)  

This curry is new for me,will try sometime,looks yum,,.

Sangeetha M  – (March 4, 2013 at 7:46 PM)  

Hi Pavi
Just made this Bombay chutney, tasted so yummy n we all loved it..I added lil' finely chopped potato n frozen peas along with tomato n followed ur good n diff from my besan flour kurma..loved it Pavi
Thanks for sharing !

Shobha P  – (July 12, 2013 at 11:53 PM)  

We make it without the tomatoes. We add lemon instead.

Shobha P  – (July 12, 2013 at 11:53 PM)  

We make it without the tomatoes. We add lemon instead.

Unknown  – (April 17, 2014 at 9:12 PM)  

superb combo for poori thanks for posting :)

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