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Rojapoo Chutney

There is a story behind the name Rojapoo chutney. “Rojapoo” means Rose. Back home, we had  a friend Shyamala maami, who would always say, “I made rojapoo chutney” and would also give us some sample of most of the items she cooks. As children my brother and I would believe that she actually put edible rose petals in them. Later when I grew up, I found that it was just a name given to the chutney for its  bright color, just how Idlis are compared to “Mallipoo”-Jasmine.

Sudachuda Malipoo Idlis with Rojapoo chutney-What a mind blowing combination from Chettinad Cuisine.


  • Sour  Tomatoes-2 (Sour ones are hard to find in the US. everything has to be  sweet here).
  • Big onion-1.                                                                     Rojapoo chutney ingredients
  • Small pearl onions-red variety-4 nos.
  • Red chillies-dry-2.
  • Gingelly oil-3tsp.
  • Salt to taste.
  • Mustard seeds.
  • Split urad dhal.


  1. Chop the onions and tomatoes into small pieces.
  2. Take oil in kadai and saute the chillies, onions-both big and small.
  3. Then add the tomatoes to the kadai and let it cook.
  4. Grind them to a fine paste and add salt.
  5. Season with mustard seeds and urad dhal.

Goes well with Idli and Dosa and Oothappam.

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