Carrot Chutney

an Indian condiment using the root vegetable, CARROT; perfect for dip or spread

Chutney is an integral part of Indian cuisine. It can be savory, sweet, spicy, or sour in taste. Basically, this is used to provide balance to an array of dishes. Chutney is made by using fruits, herbs, vegetables, etc. As compared to another part of the Indian subcontinent, South Indian cuisine has a broad collection of chutney like coconut chutney, peanut chutney, tomato chutney, coconut coriander chutney, tomato coconut chutney, and many more.

Here I have come up with a chutney recipe using the root vegetable, carrot. If you are bored of making carrot halwa, then you must try this chutney using the carrot for a change.

I have added some freshly grated coconut which adds a nice texture to the chutney along with tamarind pulp which gives a sour factor and perfectly balances the sweetness of the carrot.

The spiciness in this chutney is from the whole red chilies. So just adjust the spiciness as desired. This also adds a nice color to the chutney along with the color from carrots.



Dietary note :

✔ Vegetarian

✔ Gluten-free

✔ Easy to make

✔ Vegan

✔ Can be refrigerated

This chutney tastes great with idlis, dosa, vada, or even with paratha. Also as a sandwich spread this works pretty well. One can store this in the refrigerator by keeping it in an air-tight container, the chutney stays good for few days.

Carrot chutney is very simple, easy to make, and much healthy too. I have served this carrot chutney with some green peas appe. Do check my previous post for the appe recipe details.

Event-related to this post :



Well, the November month challenge in the ‘Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge‘ group was ‘Chutneys’. The theme was suggested by Priya Vijay Krishna, who has a wonderful blog where she shares her culinary journey. Well for the current theme, I was partnered with Shobha di who gave me 2 secret ingredients as Chilies & Chana dal and I gave her Mustard Oil & Panch Phoron. Do check this Olive Chutney prepared by her 😊 And as usual, using my two ingredients I have come up with Carrot Chutney for theme contribution.



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Now let’s go through how to make “Carrot Chutney” at home 👇


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Chutney, Condiments, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Vegan


Author: Sasmita

Carrot Chutney

Carrot Chutney

an Indian condiment using the root vegetable, CARROT; perfect for dip or spread

Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 15 Min


  • Carrot (grated) 1 cup
  • Coconut (grated) (optional) 1/4 cup
  • Onion (finely chopped) (small) 1 no.
  • Garlic clove 2-3 no.
  • Whole red chili 4-5 no.
  • Chana dal 1 tbsp
  • Urad dal 1 tsp
  • Tamarind pulp 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard seed 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaf 1 sprig
  • Oil 3 tsp
  • Salt as needed
  • Water as needed


  1. In a pan, heat 2 tsp oil.
  2. Add chana dal, whole red chilies, and fry over low-medium heat till dal looks light brown in color.
  3. Next add chopped onion, garlic cloves, and saute till the onion looks transparent.
  4. Then add grated carrot and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Turn off heat and allow the mixture to cool down completely.
  6. In a blender jar, put this cooled mixture along with grated coconut, tamarind pulp, and salt.
  7. Blend to a smooth paste by adding the required amount of water.
  8. Transfer this chutney to a bowl and keep it aside.
  9. Now in a small pan, heat 1 tsp oil.
  10. Add the urad dal, mustard seeds and allow to splutter well.
  11. Next, put the curry leaves and turn off the heat.
  12. Pour this tempering over the chutney bowl and give a nice mix.
  13. Serve along with idli, appe, dosa, paratha etc!


Coconut is totally optional. I like to add in this chutney.

The spiciness is variable, increase/decrease the no. of whole red chili as desired.

Tamarind pulp adds a little sourness to the chutney.

While blending, add water according to the consistency desired in the chutney.

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  1. Mayuri Patel

    Wow Sasmita, carrot is one ingredient that I've not thought of using on its own to make a chutney. We usually add it along with cucumber and tomato to make a local chutney that is usually served with the famous Maru bhajia. Carrot Chutney is a must try and I'm sure it will pop up in my head when I next some paniyaram.

  2. Swati

    Loved this delicious and healthy carrot chutney. Never used carrots for chutney..Will love to pair it with with dosas and chillas for my morning breakfast.

  3. Shobha

    This is a very nice and different chutney. My hubby doesn't like cooked carrotsbut he will surely like them in the chutney form. I am making it soon and will share the feedback.

  4. The Girl Next Door
    The Girl Next Door

    Love the pretty red colour of the chutney! The tempering on top makes it look all the more attractive. ��

    This is a delicious way to eat carrots. We make something similar too, but without the coconut. Will try out your version the next time.

  5. Desicart

    so yummy!! i love it! i ll definitely try it!!

  6. CookwithRenu

    Wow a chutney with a carrot. Loving it to the core as I can sneak this veggie in my daughter's diet as she does not eat carrot. Beautiful clicks

  7. Poonam Bachhav

    Loved your version of carrot chutney with coconut, lentils, red chilies and tamarind. Sounds absolutely flavorful !

  8. mildly indian

    The photography is amazing. The colour of this chutney makes me want to have some with that appe. Btw, love the plating dish.

  9. jayashree t rao

    Nice carrot chutney Sasmita. This carrot chutney has been due for a long time, I must make it now .

  10. preethi'scuisine

    Carrot chutney looks scrumptious. Even we make carrot chutney the same way. I like to use coconut in most of my chutney recipes. I like it a little spicy though. Love the coal out of this yummy chutney.

  11. Anu

    I have tried carrot chutney with peanuts in it. But this version is different with coconut in it. Must try. Great recipe.

  12. Vasusvegkitchen

    Carrot chutney is one of our families favorite chutney recipe. In summer season my mom add raw mango instead of coconut. Loved your version carrot chutney, like have it with hot steamed rice.

  13. Priya Vj

    Lovely clicks and a totally appetizing chutney.the bright orangish red color is so eye catching and best way to include carrots for those who don't like to eat raw

  14. Sujata Roy

    Wow so innovative recipe. Never thought of using carrots in chutney. Chutney looks mouthwatering. Can't wait to try. I would love to have it with some stuffed paratha.

  15. Narmadha

    Love the color of the chutney and tempting pictures. looks so delicious and wish to pick the plate from the screen and enjoy with appe.

  16. Archana

    You know what hubby will eat with his dinner tonight? One delicious chutney where he is not aware that I have used carrots. Love it Sasmita.

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