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Ulli Chammanthi

Posted by Annita on November 6, 2008

I’ve blogged about an Onion chutney before,eventhough this one is also prepared with Onions , this is not a chutney,we call it Chammanthi.Chutneys and chammanthis are different,chammanthi is usually prepared in ‘Ammikkallu /Arakallu ‘ ( a variety of Mortar-Pestle), without adding any water.Here you can prepare it either in a small jar of an Indian mixer or in a wet grinder.This chutney goes well with Kappa/iddli.

Ulli Chammanthi

Recipe follows …….

Ingredients :-

Shallots /Pearl Onions(Kunjulli) – 10 medium sized
Red Chillies/Green chillies – 5-6 (use it according to your spice level.Or else you can substitute 2-3 tsps of Chilli powder.You can also mix paprika with red chilly powder for a bright red color.)
Curry leaves – a sprig
Tamarind (Vaalan puli)- a gooseberry(nellikka) sized ball
Salt – to taste
Coconut oil – as needed


Grind all the ingredients except coconut oil, together into a coarse paste.Season with coconut oil and serve.

Ulli Chammanthi

Note :- Alternatively you can saute onions,curry leaves and chillies(only if you’re using red chillies/chilly powder,we dont usually fry green chillies ,it can be ground raw along with other ingredients) in a little oil before grinding.Rest of the procedure remains same.

16 Responses to “Ulli Chammanthi”

  1. Maria said

    ulli chammathi kandittu vaayil vellam varunnu annita :)I simply love kappa vevichathu & ulli chammanthi.

  2. shiney said

    Easy to make and looks so tempting ! i am sure going to try it out.

  3. Babitha said

    Lemme try this today. My mouth waters!!!

  4. Shruthi said

    Easy to make and goes best with kappa. I sometimes saute tomatoes with onion instead of puli. that gives a diffrent taste.


  5. Aparna said

    One of my sister-in-law’s friends makes this and it’s wonderful. Very fiery but tasty.

  6. geena said

    Annita, that is a perfect ulli chammanthi. back home we make this for chakkapuzhuku or for plain kappapuzhuku. it was a very good combo.

    Yes…its goos with chakka puzhukku alsos….hmmm…i really feel like eating chakka puzhukku…

  7. kika said

    Hi Annita, while searching for ulli chammandhi I hit upon some sites.

    I found one of your recipes, exactly at this site.

    It says all its contents are copyrighted.
    since you have pictures, I felt it is your original recipe.
    Please check this site.

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  11. Sony said

    Hi Annita..A honest feed back,It did not come good for me,Only change i did was instead of valum puli i used normal puli and used more water.
    May be you could suggest something

  12. Easy to make and its yummy…

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