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Milagai Chutney / Spicy Red Chilly Chutney

This Red chilly chutney is for those who want a real spicy chutney. This is my mother-in-law’s special chutney. When I had this for the first time I had this with a spoon of sesame oil. I love this chutney especially with hot idlis.:)

Time of Preparation : 30 minutes
Spice level : 5 out of 5
No of Servings : 3 to 4


  • Pearl onions / Shallots – 1 and 1/4 cup
  • Tomato – 3/4 cup (chopped)
  • Garlic – 8 cloves
  • Red chillies – 10
  • Sesame oil – 4 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Curry leaves – a few

Method of Preparation:

  1. Grind the red chillies followed by the shallots and garlic coarsely.
  2. Add tomatoes and salt and grind coarsely.
  3. Heat 3 tbsp of oil in a deep pan and add the mustard seeds, curry leaves and asafoetida.
  4. Now add the ground chutney and sautee it in medium heat.
  5. Sautee for 15 minutes till it becomes thick
  6. Serve it with hot idlis.


  • Should not add water for this chutney.
  • We have to sautee till it loses the water content from tomatoes.


  1. Yummmy chutney..I too prepare a similar chutney with idli..
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  2. Hot fiery chutney makes me hungry,i can have two more idlis with this yummy chutney..

  3. Spicy and yummy chutney pairs well with idlis and dosa, luv ur version

  4. What a nice colour! I love this red hot chutney! Yum!

  5. Delicious looking chutney. We too make a similiar kind of chutney with idlis and dosas.

  6. Delicious, love this fiery chutney with dosai.

  7. Loved this fiery chutney.Though I make a similar chutney the spice level is so low next time I a going to make this to add aspecial zing to food.

  8. Wow! lovely this spicy chutney:-) nice picture..

  9. Beautiful color and yummy dip for idli/dosa!

  10. love love love this chutney and its fiery colour.

  11. just now i visit ur recipes i think ur from chettinad im i right

    • some of my recipes are chettinad special because my in-laws are from karaikudi. This is one among them.

  12. Looks Delicious. Till now I havn’t prepared this chutney. Bookmarked it now.


  13. so perfect n yummy chutney..!
    Tasty Appetite

  14. Thank you all for your valuable comments!!!

  15. what a great chutney!