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Jun 6, 2009 01:28 PM

Indian Red Onion Relish/Chutney

Does anyone have a recipe for that wonderful ruddy red onion chutney that's served at most Indian restaurants?

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    1. Indian restaurants where I am don't serve a red onion chutney (usually only mango chutney and lime pickle).

      They serve chopped onion along with pappadums but this is nothing more than onion, lemon juice and a sprinkle of paprika or chili powder.

      1. I got a Nigella Lawson recipe for same from the NYTimes maybe 6 years ago - might be on their site still or maybe her website. I love it, and highly recommend it. Worth checking. If not, I can paraphrase. It's more of a relish than a chutney, fwiw.

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        1. re: LulusMom

          LM - I can't find it. Could you paraphrase it for us, it sounds perfect for the biryani chicken I'm making this week. (thanks)

          1. re: bayoucook

            She has a red onion & pomegranate relish in her Christmas book that's more middle eastern than asian but it would work with a biryani I reckon.

            Thinly slice a red onion and soak in 60ml lime juice and 60ml pomegranate juice for about 30 minutes. Drain it add 40g pomegranate seeds and 2 tablespoons choped coriander.

            1. re: Harters

              Harters, I have to try the pomegranate juice - sounds great! I do a similar middle eastern-ish twist on my onion chutney, using some sumac. It plays nicely with the lime and cilantro. Chopped raisins or currants mixed in to marinate really rounds out the flavor as well. Nice with meat dishes.


            2. re: bayoucook

              Be happy to bayoucook!

              2 small or 1 large red onion is cut in half, then sliced thinly into halfmoons. Halve and seed 1 tomato, then dice and add to the onion. Add 3 or more tablespoons of chopped cilantro, 1/2 tsp. or more of red pepper flakes, juice of 1 lemon, then S&P. Stir, allow to macerate at room temp for 30 minutes.

                1. re: bayoucook

                  Hope you enjoy it (and maybe Tom Steele too).

          2. Not exactly a chutney, but this sambol was v. good:

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            If you want the amounts of ingredients, let me know.

            1. Try this link: It's an old posting, but looks right to me.

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                  1. re: GretchenS

                    thanks for the good link.

                    i'm surprised the recipe uses paprika.