Tomato Chutney - South Indian Recipe

Tomato chutney/ Thakkali chutney  

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tomato chutney

Tomato chutney/ Thakkali chutney with Idli or dosa is always awesome dish. This is one of the dish, which has so many variation, almost every home in south India has its own way making tomato chutney and every variation is delicious.
This recipe of tomato chutney is how we make it at home. Its simple and delicious.

This is not a spicy recipe,the spicy color comes from turmeric and tomatoes. I have added a spicy chilli chutney which is another signature dish from south India and also check the recipe for Idli Milagai podi here..


1 tsp of chana dhal.
1 medium sized onion, 1 medium sized tomato
4 dry round chili, 2 garlic cloves. half a tsp of turmeric.Half a tsp of asfotedia (optional)
If using green chili, use 2 medium sized one or another option is you add a tbsp of sambar powder.

Do not cover the pan while cooking, it will steam the onions and tomatoes, changing the taste.
Do not add water while blending, it will change the consistency.

Add 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil or sesame seed oil.
When the oil is hot, add chana dhal.

When the dhal turns golden brown, add all the ingredients except tomato.

When the onions are cooked, it tuns transparent add tomato. 
Add salt, this will prevent onions from roasting.

Add turmeric, if adding sambar powder skip this.

Add half a tsp of asfotedia (totally optional)
Do not cover the pan while cooking.

When the tomatoes are cooked, set aside to cool down.
Add salt according to taste.
Blend all together, do not add water while blending.

Serve with Dosa or Idli..


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I started learning cooking from my grandmother, Mrs. Gunaseeli, who gave me her recipes and tips and some measurement tools for making them. The red measuring cup that I use in my recipes was once owned by my granny. My grandmother is very passionate about cooking and travel. She has written many cook books. This blog is one way to document her writing and to make it available for everyone.