Tomato Onion Chutney

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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Lovely chutney and clicks...

my fav 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. :-)

Nice chutney uma!

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

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

simple and yummy chutney to pair with dosa.

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

My all time favorite...perfect with soft idlis

Such a tongue tickling, tangy chutney!!! Perfect with idlis, paddu!! Or i can simply have a bowl of this as is!! :)
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

thats the best part of idli....I love this chutney with idlis...very nice clicks uma
A Girl's Diary

This and some steamed idlis... mmm.. heaven... l(oi)vely picture!

Tangy and yummy it.

My most favourite chutney, the first picture is amazing.

my fav chutney, looks lovely n yummy :)

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.

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