Poondu Milagai Chutney or Vara Milagai Chutney

Poondu Milagai Chutney or simply known as Vara Milagai Chutney is a no cook, easy to make chutney that goes well with Idlis or Soft Dosas.

Poondu Milagai Chutney

I learnt this recipe from my Maami (Aunt). She makes the softest Idlis and the tastiest and fieriest Vara Milagai Chutney. I used to love this chutney so much that my Maami would always supply me my share whenever she prepares this yummy chutney without fail. She would hand the chutney in a stainless steel box advising me to have it with lots and lots of gingelly oil. Color of the chutney and the taste along with those soft and fluffy idlis..yumm and heavenly would be the taste. I finally learnt the recipe and tried it. Though it just has two main ingredients, the taste is irresistible. If you love spicy side dishes, then this chutney do definitely include this in your list of Side Dish list.


Red chilli – 10
Garlic – 1 whole pod (about 15 cloves)
Salt to taste
Gingelly oil – 5 tbsps or as needed


Prep time – 15 mins
Cook time – 0
Total time – 15 mins
Makes 1 small cup

  1. Soak the red chillies in sufficient water for 10 mins. Meanwhile peel the garlic.
  2. Take the soaked red chillies, garlic and salt to taste in a small mixer jar and grind it to a fine paste.
  3. Add little water (a tsp or two) to get a fine paste.
  4. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  5. Add gingelly oil and mix well.

Serve this fiery and colorful chutney with hot, fluffy Idlis or soft set Dosas.

Poondu Milagai Chutney


  1. I used a combination of Byadgi and Guntur chillies. You can use any red chilli variety that is available.
  2. You can also soak the chillies in hot water instead of plain water. Soak until the chillies turn soft.

2 comments for “Poondu Milagai Chutney or Vara Milagai Chutney

  1. Mar 03, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    thanxx for this. i hope you will also post some article for north indian food.

  2. Mar 05, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Thanks for your comments. Yes, I have already published few north indian food recipes. Check them out at http://www.scoopoftidbits.com/tag/north-indian/

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