Three Ingredient Onion Dip (Onion Chutney)

Chutneys and Dips

This is a tangy, spicy dip with a hint of sweetness from caramelised onions. Without tempering, it makes for a great dip for chips.

Who doesn’t love a versatile dish? This is a wonderful spicy, tangy onion chutney which can double up as a dip for your chips, nachos, pita bread and what not!! This simple, easy and quick recipe has three main ingredients- onion, tamarind and whole red chilli (can be swapped with red chilli powder, if you don’t have whole ones)

Onion gives a sweet flavour after caramelizing, tamarind gives the tanginess and chilli, ofcourse the heat and color. Pick the reddest of onion, if you have option. If you think this has too much of tamarind. Try this recipe once using the measurements given below. If it doesn’t suit your palate, then you can change the quantity of tamarind.

Don’t temper it if you want it as a onion dip. If you are going with a South Indian food, then go for tempering it. Just with the addition of tempering turns this tangy onion dip into a beautifully colored onion chutney.

South Indian Spread I recently made and served on banana leaf

South Indian Spread
South Indian Spread showing (clockwise from left): Thick mushy Sambhar, Rawa Idli, Curd Rice, Tangy onion chutney and Coconut Chutney

I was feeling fancy, so cooked up an entire South Indian Spread and served it on a Banana Leaf as it is done traditionally. Disclaimer: I am a North Indian, so its not an everyday thing for me. coming back to the pic shown above, it includes Thick Mushy Sambhar (which is a must try for anyone who doesn’t like pieces of veggies in their Sambhar), instant Rawa Idli with some cashews and chana dal, mildly spiced curd rice which is our go-to dish for any tummy trouble, this tangy onion chutney and a flavorful coconut chutney. Shall update the other recipes soon.

Try our other quick sides of Onion Rings Salad (Lachha Pyaaz) and Quick Chilli Pickle (Chaunk wali Mirch)

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Onion Dip| Onion Chutney

This is a tangy, spicy chutney with a hint of sweetness from caramelised onions. Without tempering, it makes for a great onion dip for chips.
Servings 4
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • Thick Bottomed Pan
  • Hand blender or mixer grinder
  • Tadka Pan


  • 1 Tbsp Oil Any neutral tasting oil
  • 2 Large Onion roughly chopped
  • Cup Tamarind pulp
  • 3 Red chilli (whole) adjust as per taste
  • Salt To taste (swadanusar)
  • 1 Tsp Kashmiri Red chilli may adjust to taste and color of the dip


  • 1 Tsp Oil Any neutral tasting oil
  • ½ Tsp Mustard seeds Rai
  • ½ Tsp Black gram lentil skinned Dhuli Urad- optional
  • 1 Sprig Curry Leaves Optional


  • Heat oil and saute onion
    1 Tbsp Oil, 2 Large Onion
    Onion being caramelised in oil
  • Once onion has caramelised, turn off the flame. Add red chilli and tamarind pulp in it and let it soak.
    ⅓ Cup Tamarind pulp, 3 Red chilli (whole)
    Add chilli and tamarind pulp to the caramelised onion
  • When the mixture is cooled down, add salt and blend it to a smooth paste
    Salt To taste (swadanusar)
    blended puree
  • Add cayenne pepper (optional, if you want the color)
    1 Tsp Kashmiri Red chilli


  • Add mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves in hot oil. When they splutter, add it to the paste. Mix and serve.
    1 Tsp Oil, ½ Tsp Mustard seeds, ½ Tsp Black gram lentil skinned, 1 Sprig Curry Leaves
    with tempering


  1. May omit the tempering of using it like a dip.
  2. Add Cayenne pepper for color and some heat, if you want. I haven’t added any.
Calories: 88kcal
Course: Side Dish, Sides
Keyword: Bachelor recipe, DairyFree, easy recipe, Gluten Free, glutenfree, noaddedsugar, NutFree, Quick & Easy, Sauce, Spicy, vegan

Below segment gives an approximate of the nutrition facts (using a third party calculator) of the recipe.

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  1. 5 stars
    Easy and quick dip, loved it.

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