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Bombay (Gram Flour/Kadalai Mavu/Besan) Chutney

Bombay_Gram_Flour_Kadalai_Mavu_Besan_Chutney_1 Bombay (now Mumbai) Chutney is very handy when you have sudden guests or shortage of fresh vegetables at home. This can be prepared in short time with few easily available ingredients at home.

I don’t know why it is called as Bombay Chutney but it is a well known dish. I prepare this little thin to suit Idli, Dosa, Adai and thick to suit Poori/Puri, Paratha and Chappati.

Gram Flour is known as Kadalai Mavu in Tamil and as Besan in Hindi.


  • Gram flour or chick pea flour – ½ cup
  • Onion chopped – 2 noBombay_Gram_Flour_Kadalai_Mavu_Besan_Chutney_2
  • Tomato chopped – 2 no (optional)
  • Green chilli chopped – 4 no
  • Urad dal – ½ tea spoon
  • Cumin seeds – ½ tea spoon
  • Mustard – ½ tea spoon
  • Turmeric powder –¼ tea spoon
  • Curry and coriander leaves – few
  • Asafetida – pinch
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Oil – 1 tablespoon


  • Add gram flour in two cups of water; mix and and dissolve well to avoid lumps.
  • Heat a pan with oil; add mustard, cumin seeds, urad dal and asafetida; let mustard and cumin seeds splutter well; now add curry leaves, chopped green chilli and fry for few seconds; add chopped onion and fry till transparent.

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  • Add chopped tomato, salt, turmeric powder and cook till soft.

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  • Add dissolved gram flour and mix well; add some more water if needed; adjust the consistency as per your need.

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  • Cook in a low flame for few minutes; stir constantly till the gram flour is cooked well.

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  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve. Suits well with Idli, Dosa, Adai, Poori, Chappati etc.,


{ 8 comments… add one }

  • niloufer riyaz June 29, 2010, 12:10 pm

    a very qiuck chutney to make in a short time, tasty

  • prathibha June 29, 2010, 12:44 pm

    I absolutely love this bombai chutney…yummy

  • Priya June 29, 2010, 2:12 pm

    Love this chutney, its has been ages i prepared it..

  • shama June 29, 2010, 5:32 pm

    delicious chutney…comfort one

  • Swathi June 29, 2010, 9:13 pm

    Nice chutney looks great.

  • Mahes June 29, 2010, 10:47 pm

    Nice blog, very descriptive with pics. Keep it up.

  • Sushma Mallya June 30, 2010, 9:27 am

    Never heard of this chutney but ingredients used is really nice, am sure it tastes great too…

  • Preeti February 24, 2013, 9:35 am

    Lovely recipe. I really liked the end consistency with the proportions as given :) . The only additions I made – some fine grated carrot (for the veggie quota!) that I cooked for a few minutes after the tomatoes were cooked, and some lemon juice at the end (like my mom does :) ). Very yummy! Loved it with rotis! Thanks for sharing.

    Also, went through some of your other recipes. All of them are very well explained and the step by step pictures really help in understanding the process. Can’t wait to try more recipes from here!

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