Monday, February 3, 2020



Chutneys are commonly made in South India as accompaniments of our popular breakfast items such as dosas, idlis etc. Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes for different types of chutneys such as:-

In my last post we had sampled Southekayi Dosas in which we make use of cucumbers. I had mentioned there that these dosas taste great in combination with a chutney made with thuar dal. We call this chutney Thogari Bele Chutney as Thogari Bele is the Kannada word for Thuar Dal.

This Thogari Bele Chutney is easy to make and I am sure you will enjoy this as much as we do!

  • Thogari Bele ( Thuar Dal), 2 tbsp
  • Dry Coconut/Copra Pieces, 2 tbsp
  • Byadgi Red Chillies, 4-5 
  • Tamarind, size of a small lemon or gooseberry
  • Jeera, (Cumin Seeds), 1/4 tsp
  • Garlic Cloves, 4-5 
  • Jaggery, a small piece, or as per taste 
  • Salt, to taste
For Seasoning:- 
  • Mustard Seeds, 1/4 tsp 
  • Asafoetida ( Hing), 1/8 tsp
  • Red Chilli, broken into halves, 1 
  • Oil, 1 tsp 

In a small kadhai, dry roast the thuar dal on medium heat till it gives off a good aroma and changes color to a golden brown
To this add the Byadgi Red Chillies and sauté for a few seconds
Remove from the kadhai and allow it to cool
In a mixer, grind together the thuar dal, dry coconut pieces, Byadgi Red Chillies, tamarind, cumin seeds , garlic cloves and jaggery to a paste adding about 1/3 cup of water
Keep this chutney aside
Heat 1 tsp of oil in a seasoning pan and on medium heat add the mustard seeds,
When they splutter add the asafoetida and broken red chili and sauté for a few seconds
Switch off the gas
Pour this seasoning onto the chutney
Serve Thogari bele Chutney with dosa, idli etc

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