I have always loved the smell of freshly made chutney to go with the steaming hot idlis. Its so delicious, that I dont have words to explain it. I remember my mom making this awesome coconut onion chutney for me for my lunch box. And I also remember the way my friends used to dig on the chutney and idli.I rarely used to get more that 2 idlis and used to end up buying something from the canteen hehehhe. Later,I used always carry a big tiffin box if I took idlis and that onion chutney for lunch, I dont wanna go hungry u see? hehehe.
Anyways after 2 years of being in US i finally got my 7ltr pressure cooker and steel idlis plates when I went for a 3 months trip to india. I am so glad I got it.... Now I can have hot idlis whenever I want to.... I missed it so much these 2 years... Just cant explain how much I missed them...:) Anyways, so finally my cooker and idli stand is here and I decided to try it out with some regular idlis. Nothing fancy here....:)
When it came to making the chutney I decided to give it a twist and thought of making a red onion chutney.... the way my "Amma" used to make. But then as I had very little coconut left in the freezer, I decided to twist it with some roasted peanuts instead and thats when this thai twist chutney was invented...:) Anyways so here is the recipe for my red onion and peanut chutney and to make it you need....
red onion - 1 chopped in big chunks
Grated coconut - 1 or 2 tbsp
Red chillies - 2 to 3
Ginger - 2 tsp
Roasted peanuts - 3/4 cup
salt to taste
Sugar -1 tsp
Basil dried or fresh - 1 tbsp
Put all the above ingredients in a blender and blend into a smooth paste. Add some water and blend again to get a nice and creamy consistency.You chutney is ready.
If u dont like the taste of raw onion, just saute it in little oil for few minutes before blending it with other ingredients.
Enjoy ur chutney with steaming hot Idlis or crispy dosas..:)