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Tomato Onion Chutney

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Another one authentic recipe from Tamil Nadu. Whenever I prepare this chutney, my mind starts to think about the tri-colour chutneys served at hotels here which semi symbolically represents our national flag(White coconut chutney, Red tomato chutney and Green mint chutney) to my eyes. This combination is quite famous here(across world too) and my stomach fills just by looking them with Idly or Dosa when served hot for breakfasts. All my north Indian friends never foget to ask this chutney whenever they visit our house. They like this chutney a lot. We too. 🙂

There are many variations for the red chutney served and I have blogged one variation with onion here.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: <10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes + 10minutes cooling time
Serves: 4-5


For Chutney:

Red Onion/White onion – 1 no, chopped

Tomato – 4 nos, chopped

Urid dal – 1 tablespoon

Garlic – a small clove

Dry Red chillies – 7-8 / to taste

Salt – to taste

Oil – 1 tablespoon

For Seasoning:

Mustard seeds and Urid Dal – 1/2 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 1 string

Oil – 2 teaspoon


1) Dry roast urid dal, garlic and dry red chillies in pan till it releases nice aroma and become golden brown colour. Transfer to other plate and set aside.

2) In the same pan, add a tablespoon of oil and saute chopped onions till they are soft.

3) Add tomato and continue sauteing till all tomato pieces mashes well. Remove from stove and allow this mixture to cool.

4) Grind the ingredients to a fine paste by adding salt and little water.

5) In a seasoning pan and heat oil.

6) Put Mustard seeds and urid dal and wait mustard seeds to splutter.

7) Turn off the stove and add curry leaves.

8) Transfer the seasoning to the chutney.

9) Serve with Dosa/Idly.

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Reshmi Mahesh

Lovely chutney and clicks…

Santosh Bangar


Sangeetha M

my fav too…like your version very much..tonight i am going to make this for my dinner…looks so yummy n very nice pictures Uma..super like !!!


Nice clicks.. Use pearl onions for much more better taste.. You can also use urad dhal+ channa dhal or even channa dhal alone (for grinding)..


Thanks Laxmi for your suggestion. I just tried what mom told me. I'll try yours for sure next time. 🙂

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover

This is healthy and good.


Nice chutney uma!

நடுராத்திரி,இல்லல்ல அதிகாலைல போஸ்ட்-கமென்ட்னு போட்டுட்டு இருக்கீங்க? தூங்கலையா?!!!?! 🙂

Vimitha Durai

Love this chutney anytime… Would love with some crispy dosas.


simple and yummy chutney to pair with dosa.


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Simply Yummy!

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First time in your blog and this chutney is so mouthwatering and delicious!


Looks so yummy.

Kaveri Venkatesh

My all time favorite…perfect with soft idlis

Prathima Rao

Such a tongue tickling, tangy chutney!!! Perfect with idlis, paddu!! Or i can simply have a bowl of this as is!! 🙂
Prathima Rao
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thats the best part of idli….I love this chutney with idlis…very nice clicks uma
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This and some steamed idlis… mmm.. heaven… l(oi)vely picture!

Suja Manoj

Tangy and yummy it.

Umm Mymoonah

My most favourite chutney, the first picture is amazing.

Sobha Shyam

my fav chutney, looks lovely n yummy 🙂

Sangeetha M

hi Uma…i tried this chutney on that day n today also but forgot to thank you..
thanx Uma for sharing easy breeze chutney 🙂
as Laxmi said i also add chan+urad dal +ginger also..but comparatively i liked this simple yet tastee chutney..pearl onions will give nice taste n flavor but here i don't find often n also its too costly 🙁


Yesterday nite i tried and its a perfect combination for dosa..superbbbbb.