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Rajapalyam Buttermilk Chutney | Easy Chutney varieties

We make quite some types of Chutneys at home – about 20+ varieties here. But I am always on the lookout for any unique yet tasty Chutney, and I landed here. With some minor adaptations,  I served this with Dosa and we all liked it..

Apparently, Rajapalyam (a small town in Virudhunagar District of Tamilnadu state,85 km west of Madurai ) is famous for condiments, especially pickle and jam making as this article suggests.


So, R for Rajapalyam Buttermilk Chutney for JTTC (Journey Through the Cuisines). Hope you enjoyed the spread dished out so far…


Rajapalyam Buttermilk Chutney – a Gluten Free & Coconut Free Chutney

Prep time : 10 mins + 30 mins soak time, cook time : 5 mins, Serves : 3

Serving Suggestions : Idli / Dosa / Pongal / Sevai / Poha / Upma

Spice level: medium


  • Kadalai Paruppu / Bengal Gram / Channa Dal – 2 handful (about 1/3 cup)
  • Buttermilk – 2 cups
  • Chopped Onions – 1/2 cup (I didnt use)
  • Red chillies – 2 nos
  • Green Chillies – 2 nos
  • Ginger – 1/2 inch
  • Salt – to taste
  • Tempering : 1 tsp oil, mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves, broken red chillies (1 no.)



  1. Soak the Channa dal in warm water for 20/30 mins. Drain. Saute green & red chillies and ginger in 1 tsp oil. If using onions, saute onions too well. 
  2. Grind all ingredients : Chillies, onions (if using), ginger, drained dal to a smooth paste. Whisk in the buttermilk and make a smooth paste. 
  3. Heat this mixture (buttermilk + ground paste) for 2 mins on low flame till it slightly thickens. Take care that the buttermilk isn’t too sour or it would curdle.
  4. Serve immediately with tempering prepared on top.



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  1. Very very interesting chutney recipe Kalyani. I've never used buttermilk this way — buttermilk sure adds nice tang to the dish.

  2. MySpicyKitchen

    Even I never made butter milk chutney this way. Looking at the ingredient list I was wondering what is so special about this chutney. It is the preparation that varies from the other buttermilk/yogurt chutney. Nice recipe.

  3. vaishali sabnani

    Kalyani even i live to try out a new chutney every time i make dosas , chutney with buttermilk sounds unique . Must try this one .

  4. Suma Gandlur

    Never heard about this chutney and that buttermilk addition is making it more interesting. In my home, people are open to new chutney ideas to serve with rice than the breakfast dishes.

  5. Gayathri Kumar

    This chutney is so new to me. And love the way buttermilk is incorporated in the dish.

  6. That's surely one new chutney..good one..

  7. very interesting never had this before. Adding on butter sounds great. Bookmarking it. Thanks for sharing the regional specific ones.

  8. Priya Suresh

    This buttermilk chutney with crispy dosas, wow, i want to have rite now for my brunch.

  9. Amara’s cooking

    Never made chutney with buttermilk, looks interesting.

  10. Very interesting addition of buttermilk. Shall try it out sometime..

  11. Smruti Ashar

    Interesting recipe for chutney using buttermilk. Loved the idea to add that zing and tang!

  12. Chef Mireille

    quick and easy chutney – perfect!

  13. The Pumpkin Farm

    Kal u r giving tamil recipes, but when u said 20+ chutney recipes, all i cud think of was belgaum or karnataka….i think it is the kanndiga connection with chutneys, i have to spend a day cooking dosas and tasting chutneys with u

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