Tamarind Chutney | Best Side Dish For Ven Pongal

Tangy sweet and spicy tamarind chutney with tongue tickling taste.

This tamarind chutney  is an interesting combination with ven pongal. This is a regular
side dish often served with pongal rather than kathirikai gothjju. This tastes tangy with the spiciness of the secret masala. The masala is not so unique but when combined with tamarind sauce gives excellent flavour. Originally we call this chutney as "Pachi Pulusu" in Telugu. This goes well with dosa / Idli.

 If you like the tangy sour taste of tamarind, you would definitely love it. Most probably all asian countries include tamarind in their everyday cooking. Apart from the sour and tart taste, it tastes sweet. We even use the edible leaves of tamarind tree to make spice powder called "Chinthaak Podi". Soon will be posting the recipe of the podi.

Preparartion & Cooking Time:15 Minutes

YIELD : 2 -3 serves


Tamarind - 1 big lemon Size
Tomato - 1Small finely chopped(approx. 2 tbsp)
Curry Leaves few
Water - 1 1/2 cup
Jaggery - 1tsp Oil - 2 tbsp
Salt - 1/2 tbsp

For Seasoning:
Mustard Seeds -1tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1tsp
Red Chilli Broken-4-5no

Secret Masala To Grind:
Grated Coconut - 2tbsp
Green chilli - 3-4no(adjust as per spice level)
Roasted Dhal / Pootukadalai -1tbsp


  1. Soak tamarind pulp in one cup of water and extract the juice. Keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai. Add mustard seeds and wait till it crackle. Add Cumin seeds, asafoetida, broken chillies, curry leaves one by one. Pour in the tamarind juice, turmeric powder, remaining 1/2 a cup of water, jaggery and salt. Wait until it starts to boil.
  3. In the meantime, coarsely grind the ingredients given under the secret masala  without water.
  4. Now add in the ground masala to the boiling tamarind sauce. Add finely chopped tomatoes at this stage. Stir well and let it cook on low flame for few minutes or until the chutney is thicken.
  5. Dish out and serve this tangy spicy chutney with hot ghee oozing ven pongal.


  • Adjust water accordingly, the thickness of the chutney you wish.
  • This serve best for Dosa / Idli.

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Chutney using tamarind ??!! Yummy tangy...

Reva said...

Yummy yummy chutney... bookmarked it..

super easy n yummy chuteny

PT said...

sounds new to me.. looks great..

tangy yummy. thinking about tamaring my mouth waters.

Julie said...

tasty curry. will go well with a lot of dishes.

Janani said...

Totally agree they make an excellent chutney yum yummmmm

A tangy side dish would be great as a side dish!

Tangy and soo tasty!

Tangy delicious chutney..yummy..

divya said...

looks so delectable dear :)

interesting tangy chutney, looks yummy!!!

Hema said...

That's a nice different side dish for pongal..

tongue tickling...

Delicious tamarind chutney I love it.

Nice and Tangy...

Tangy chutney. looks yum. happy sankranthi

My grandma used to make this, but her version is different this looks so flavorful and good too :)

Yummy and tangy chutney

tangy n yummy chutney

Padhu said...

tangy and yummy chutney!

Yummy chutney...Love this..

Jay said...

very tempting..
Tasty Appetite

Inviting and tempting chutney. Easy to make.

today's recipe:

I love this chutney. In the secret masala, what dhal do you use? Urad dhal?

Delicious and tangy chutney...

Thanks dear...... I used roasted gram/ channa dhal to grind masala.....also called as fried dhal

Oh is it...... I learned this recipe frm my mom. ......Coming thro' generations....

Sumee said...

You know when my sis gave me the pongal recipe, she gave me this chutney recipe too, though she didn't mention the secret masala. I have to try your version, that might thicken it up.. THe one I tried was little runny

Yah Sumee .... you r right without secret masala the chutney will be runny... the addition of masala enhance flavour and thicken the chutney, so you need to be carefull while adding water, otherwise once again chutney will result watery....

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