Tomato Onion Chutney

This chutney post is quite dear to me .. In the first place ,this is for my own reference. Secondly.. I have managed to get the fitting taste I have been looking for… Voilà!!  South Indian Chutney’s are not in my comfort zone cooking at all…  I need to practically search any bits and bobs that I have pen down from home… One among those kind is this chutney. My dear sis – in – law is quite an expert at this.. and I tweeted her recipe and  prepared to suit my palate…  They are a great side for Dosa’s ( Lentil Pancake) & Idly’s( Lentil Doughnuts)

We , predominantly end up having Lentil Pancakes for dinner and hence the concomitant has to be elaborate like Chutneys, Sambar & Dosa Milagapodi ( Gun Powder). I earnestly take pride when my chutney’s are spot on….  Hardly do I toil like this to make a raitha or chaat chutney.. I can just have fun  with the available elements.

Anyways.. here comes my fool proof recipe for Tomato Chutney …


Onions2 Nos
Tomatoes4 Nos
Garlic2 Cloves
TamarindSmall Piece
Dried Red Chilly2 Nos
Curry Leaves4-5 Nos
TurmericA pinch
SaltTo Taste
Oil2 Tblspn
Jaggery crushed1 Tsp

For Tempering:
Oil1 Tsp
Mustard Seeds3/4 Tsp
Urd Dal1/2 Tsp
Curry Leaves5-6 Nos
Dried Red Chilly1 Nos


  • Chop onions and tomatoes into small chunks. Crush the garlic  ..
  • Heat oil in a kadai and drop in crushed garlic . Sauté until it gets light brown.
  • Throw in curry leaves , red chilly followed by chopped red onions along with a pinch of salt. Sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add tamarind and sauté along with the onions. Else soak the tamarind in 2-3 tbsp. of water and squeeze out all the pulp. Add them along with chopped tomatoes.
  • Fry until onions turn slightly brown . Pop in chopped tomatoes and turmeric.. Fry until the tomatoes get quite soft. Allow all of the ingredients to cool and then blend them along with jaggery in the blender to obtain a smooth paste. Adjust Salt to suit the taste.
  • Transfer the chutney into the serving bowl . Prepare the kadai for tempering by heating one tea spoon of oil. Drop all the ingredients under the tempering table , allow the mustard seeds to crackle. Turn off the gas and season the chutney with the tempering.
  • Serve them as an accompaniment  for Dosa’s just like I did.. 


    • Dried Red Chilly can be increased or decreased to suit the required chilliness
    • Jaggery can be omitted if you don’t like the hint of sweetness..
    • If you like , you can introduce ginger into the chutney.

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    Comments (33)

    • awesome clicks of a tempting chutney..yummy yum!
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    • Looks so good! A few crisp dosas and we'll be happy campers 🙂

    • Chutney looks delicious…Loved the serving bowls…Clicks are too good…

    • very delicious chutney…looks superb n 2 hav it wid idli

    • yummy chutney with beautiful clicks…

    • great clicks as always. this chutney is my fav too.

    • Flavourful and yummy chutney, beautiful clicks

    • Well I have have few iddles more with the tomato chutney my dear..looks tasty..just love the color

    • It looks delicious. Such a tempting chutney. I am making chutney today too, but it won't look anywhere as pretty as this 🙂

    • Tempting chutneys and lovely colours

    • This chutney is very dear to me too….love the green and red and the beautifully sitting tadka:)

    • I love tomato chutney….looks so beautiful and lovely clicks as well sandhya:)

    • delicious and tempting chutney…

    • Super flavourful chutney,love with idlis.

    • Yum Yum Yum

      What a drooling post & clicks!

    • Tangy and yummy chutney..makes me drool

    • Wow..I am drooling here,sandhya..This is a stunning pic on chutney

    • Will try soon 🙂

    • Thanks for all those lovely comments on my space Sandhya. You have a great space as well. I am wondering how I missed this lovely blog of yours. The chutney looks fabulous. Loved the shots of the onions 🙂

    • oh my ghsoh…thats a mouthwatering chutney..Looks morish & u have nailed it Sandhya…Perfect consistency & flavors..Fab clicks..:)
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    • This looks fantastic. very inviting too.

    • Tried out this chutney & it turned out awesome….

    • delicious dear..U have made it perfectly..Love to make this..

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    • i get dosa batter from east ham once a month (sadly its too far away, otherwise i would have made it a regular) and it lasts us for exactly 2 meals…i usually get away with just sambar and a coconut chutney, but on occasions ive wanted 2 make tomato keep this recipe in mind the next time 🙂

    • wonderful photographs!!!!! Love yuour blog!

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    • I m drooling over those lovely chutneys…reminds me of chennai trip when I had loads of this chutneys,I was impressed by those chutneys so much and tried to make it myself few times but never got the taste of chennai chutneys..I will book mark this one !!

    • What a marvelous chutney! Really tempting and beautifully presented.



    • Awesome clicks and super delicious chutney..


    • my favourite chutney too.. beautiful pics…

    • Hey Sandhya, your Chutney is a Recipe Guessing Game on Knapkins. Think your friends can win?

    • Just mouthwatering…looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

    • This looks absolutely amazing!!!! I need to try this…… x


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