This is a chutney that goes well with idlis, dosas/ adais, and other dishes that are usually served with coconut chutneys as an accompaniment. This chutney is free of coconut and tastes great.
½ cup roasted gram (daria/ pottukadalai)
2 -3 green chillies/ as required
a small handful coriander leaves
salt to taste
1 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp urad dal
Dry roast the gram till it gives off an aroma and and starts to brown (do not brown). Grind this, onions, tomatoes, chillies, coriander and salt to a fine paste, adding a couple of teaspoons of water, if necessary.
Heat oil, splutter the mustard seeds and then add the urad dal. Lightly brown and pour into the chutney. Serve.