Garlic chutney recipe – side dish for idlis and dosas

Garlic chutney is a very delicious and healthy chutney made from garlic cloves, red chillies, coconut. Garlic helps to lower cholesterol and prevents heart related diseases.  Garlic is widely used for several conditions linked to the blood system and heart, including high cholesterol, coronary heart disease and hypertension.  It is good to incorporate garlic in our daily diet as it has lot of health benefits.  Garlic is a wonderful seasoning to add aroma, taste and nutrition to your dishes.  Garlic chutney is also prepared in a dry  form and this dry variety can be stored in bottles and stored upto a month.  This recipe is of  wet variety made with freshly grated coconut and is for immediate use. 

You can try other chutney recipes from my blog..

Coconut chutney

Onion chutney

Tomato chutney

Peanut chutney

Green chutney

Other chutney recipes


Prep Time : 10  mins

Cook Time :  10 mins

Servings :  2-3 persons


Garlic cloves – 12 to 13 nos

Grated coconut – 1 cup

Whole red chillies – 7 to 8 nos.

Tamarind – 1 pinch

Ginger – 1 inch small piece (optional)

A pinch of asafoetida or hing

Salt to taste


Cooking oil – 2 teaspoons

Mustard seeds or rai – 1/2 teaspoon

6 to 7 curry leaves


Peel the garlic cloves.  Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a pan.  Add garlic cloves and roast till light brown.  Remove them in a plate.   Add red chillies and roast till deep red.  Remove them.  Then add grated coconut and roast on a low flame till  dry and a nice aroma comes out.  Let all the roasted ingredients cool down a bit.


In a mixer, add all the roasted ingredients, tamarind, ginger, asafoetida and salt.  Grind with little water to a smooth paste.


Heat another 1 teaspoon of oil in a pan.  Temper with mustard seeds and curry leaves and add it to the chutney.  Mix well.


Serve garlic chutney with idlis or dosas.



Oil your hands before peeling the garlic to prevent having garlic aroma in your hands.

Soaking garlic cloves in hot water helps to peel faster.

4 Responses to Garlic chutney recipe – side dish for idlis and dosas

  1. Veena says:

    Tried this recipe today, did not add ginger …came out very tasty!! Loved it…

  2. Sudhakar says:

    I am new to your Recipes. I will give feedback once I try.

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