Varamilagai Thuvaiyal is a dish unique to chettinad. Every chettinad household has a variant of this chutney. Tomatoes, Onions and Red Chilis get ground up raw which is unique. Usually we would saute the ingredients while making a tomato based chutney. Vara Milagai in tamil means dried red chili. The use of dried red chili's give a unique flavor to this dish.
This chutney goes well with Idly and Dosa. It also goes really well with Wheat dosa. I love wheat dosa with this chutney. I can never get enough of this combination. My Husband's Grandma who is 80 loves this chutney. She does not cook anymore but she still asks my mother in law to make it for her.
Preparation time:2 min
Cooking time:6-7 minutes
- 2 Medium Size Onions.
- 1 Large Plum Tomato .
- 2 Red Chilis.
- Salt to taste.
- Tamarind- A pinch.
- 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds.
- 1/2 tsp Urad Dal.
- 1 Strand Curry leaves.
- Cut Onions and Tomatoes in to Large Size pieces.
- Grind them raw in the blender along with red chilis and tamarind.
- Add salt to the ground mixture.
- In a saute pan heat 1 tbsp. sesame oil and add Mustard seeds.
- The sesame oil tones down the spice level a little bit and provides an unique flavor.
- Let the Mustard seeds Sputter.
- Add the Urad dal and saute until it turns brown.
- Add the Curry leaves and saute till it sputters.
- If you don't have fresh curry leaves you can use dried curry leaves powder.
- Add the ground paste and let it cook for 5 min in high heat .
- When the chutney starts to change color and the raw onion smell dissipates turn off the heat.
- Vara milagai thuvaiyal is ready to be served.
- We enjoyed it with Soft and Plump Idli's.
- If you feel its very hot add little salt.
- After you grind it taste if requires add salt,chilies,tamarind.