Have you heard of ” Niger Seeds / Karale ” ? . I am not sure , how many of you know it / have seen it … but its very popular in North Karnataka n parts of Maharashtra …one of the must in pantry . In Kannada its known as ” Uchellu / Gurellu ” and in Marathi ” Khurasni ” . So today for all of you , i am sharing ” Uchellu or Gurellu Chutney Pudi / Karale or Khurasni Chutney powder / Niger Seeds powder ” – one of a family of dry chutneys that are very popular in North Karnataka and Maharashtrian homes. A scoop of this flavorful chutney can liven up even the simplest of meals. Its tasty, spicy and full of flavors . Uchellu chutney powder + curd with ragi rotti / Jowar roti …Yumm out of this world combo….


I know all these names are aliens to people who have never heard that one such seed called niger seeds exists.Look wise they resemble slightly like black sesame .. but are longer than them , taste wise there is no similarility . They are so aromatic , flavorful ….just divine.

The making of chutney powder out of these seeds is actually very similar to peanut chutney powder i had shared earlier . I got to learn this recipe from my granny (who’s from North Karnataka) through my Mom.Its a very very simple recipe but very versatile spice mix . They can be used as a side dish with idli,dosa ,rotti etc, can be sprinkled to your salad , stuff into veggies like brinjal ,bhindi etc or making your subzis more yummy by adding a tsp of it . Whichever way this uchellu chutney powder will surely spicen up your meal. Do try friends .. i am damn you will just love it….


Smitha Kalluraya
Course condiments
Cuisine karnataka


  • 1 cup Niger seeds / Uchellu / Gurellu / Karale seeds
  • 1/4 cup Peanut Ground nut
  • 5 - 10 flakes Garlic, peeled
  • 8 - 15 Red chilli/ chilli powder, mix both ( guntur + byadgi variety) spicy + red color giving variety
  • a handful Curry Leaves
  • lime size Tamarind
  • 1 tsp Cooking oil
  • to taste Salt


  • Dry roast peanuts in a kadai or microwave , till the skin peels off or brown spots appear on them. keep aside .
  • In a frying pan / kadai ,dry roast niger seeds( uchellu ) on a low flame till it crackles . keep aside .
  • Roast garlic flakes in the kadai such that its raw smell goes. Keep aside .
  • Add a teaspoon of oil to the frying pan. Keep the flame on low and roast red chillies and tamarind.Mid way,add curry leaves, and continue to roast till red chillies,tamarind and curry leaves have turned crisp. Transfer to a plate .
  • When everything has cooled to room temperature, transfer everything to a mixer jar , add some salt and grind to a medium coarse powder . don't make it too smooth. That's it Uchellu chutney pudi is ready.Store it in air tight container. If handled properly can store for months together.
  • To serve mix a spoonful of Niger seeds chutney powder with a dash of ghee / butter /oil /curd and serve as an accompaniment for Idly /Dosa/Paniyaram/Jowar Roti etc ...even hot rice. Can also add a teaspoon of it while making stuffed brinjal , sprouted moong curry etc . Ragi Rotti / Jowar roti with Uchellu chutney powder is like match made in heaven .... Tastes just awesome.


  1. Typically this chutney powder is made very spicy and garlicky . So adjust as per your

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    Kr. Eliane
    March 26, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    never heard of that seed.but I am very happy to meet a new a lot of herbs in the kitchen …very healthy, is not it?thanks for sharing …cheers ..: 0)))

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    marudhus kitchen
    March 26, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Different kind of podi..very flavorful☺

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    Meena Kumar
    March 26, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Never heard of these seeds very nice powder to go with rice. Thanks for bringing unknown recipes to light Smitha.

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    nandoos Kitchen
    March 26, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    never heard about this.. but looks like a healthy chutney powder. will try and let you know..

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    Malathi ganesh
    March 26, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Surely will try this next time smita… Really a different one

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    March 26, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    This s new to me.. I should try this..looks great

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    Akshatha Shaan
    March 27, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Where can I get these seeds in Bangalore Smitha ?

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    March 27, 2015 at 4:32 am

    Akshatha , u can get easily these seeds easily in Bangalore in any grocerry shop / supermarket . If you ask gurellu / uchellu they will give….

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    Farin Ahmed
    March 27, 2015 at 9:08 am

    sounds interesting…looks great

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    padma veeranki
    March 27, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Never heard of these seeds..:)..Love to try this:)..Looks very healthy and delicious:)

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    March 30, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    this is new to me..the chutney looks yumm

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    July 11, 2015 at 8:52 am

    a million thanks, have grown up eating this amazing chutney podi with curds and chhajji rotti. will pay a 1000 rupees for one meal right now!!

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    September 9, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Hi… Thanks a lot for a perfect recipe

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    December 29, 2015 at 5:13 am

    Does anyone know where to find these seeds in US?

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    August 21, 2016 at 5:46 am

    Yes. Its especially yum with Sajji rotti and jola rotti and can be eaten with anything if you like. @Anonymous- In US I once found these in the bird food section. Niger seeds.

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    January 24, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Sounds like yummy. Will try to get this stuff and prepare chutney one day.

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    Vipul Lengade
    June 18, 2017 at 10:15 am

    I landed into this page to find out what gurallu is called in English 🙂 I am munching some nice gurallu chutney powder with rice, oil and onion as I type this comment.. although I am unsure about it’s nutritional facts, I must say it is very tasty and delicious. Thank you.

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    July 18, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    awesome , I did try this today it was delicious with curd goes well with jawar Roti

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    October 12, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    what you called in tamil this seeds

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