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This tomato chutney was born out of misunderstanding a recipe. For some reason I thought this is how my mother in law prepared the chutney...

Tomato Chutney

This tomato chutney was born out of misunderstanding a recipe. For some reason I thought this is how my mother in law prepared the chutney and found out in the end that it was something totally different. Anyways, I shared this recipe with my sister and she was really impressed that I decided to share with you all. I make it often these days because it has become very popular in my household. I make it sometimes with Tukas tomato paste, sometimes with regular tomatoes and sometimes I mix tukas and tomatoes together. I can assure you that whatever method you use, the results always produce very taste chutney.


Heavy bottom vessel
Cutting board
Measuring spoons and cups


Tomato - 4
Tukas tomato paste - 2 tbsp ( if you do not have the paste substitute it with 2 tomatoes)
Onion - 1 large 
Garlic - 2 pods
Dry chillies or green - 2 
Cilantro - a  tbsp chopped 
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp 
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Channa Dhal - 1/4 cup
Udad Dhal - 1/4 cup
Oil - 1 tbsp


1. Heat the oil in the wok. Add the channa and udad dhal and roast until they are golden brown. Remove and dhal and place them in a cup.

2. Add to the remaining oil asafoetida and mustard seeds. When the mustard pops add green chillies, garlic and onions. Cook the onions well. 

3. When the onions are done add tukas paste mix well with the onions and then add the tomatoes, turmeric powder, salt and allow to cook.

4. Once the tomatoes are well done allow to cool. Add them to a blender along with the roasted dhal and grind them into a chutney and garnish with cilantro.


  1. hi srimathi,

    thats a lovely chutney ... and really lovely click too ... it looks very tempting to have with idli ...


  2. eye catching color. too good.

  3. My MIL always becomes innovative when it comes to chutneys,she tries unique combos, this one sounds really good,with idlies looking very tempting :)

  4. Wowwwwwwwwwww... looks sooo tempting and perfect dear.. lovely color.. gr8 job !! :)

  5. Srimathi, looks wonderful :)

  6. Looks very nice ..I always love to try variety of chutneys.will try this too :)

  7. Wonderful and tempting tomato chutney, looks yumm!

  8. Nice recipe. Thanks! What is your mother-in-law's original recipe? Please post that too.

  9. my evertime favorite idli n tomato chutney.. the chutney looks so delicious and perfect combo

  10. Sometimes firm favorite often start as kitchen mishaps.Your chutney looks colourful and looks tasty.

  11. I am drooling here, spicy and yummy chutney. Idli and tomato chutney is a drool worthy combo.

  12. Love the pic of idlis with tomato chutney..one of my favorites!!

  13. Wow luv this chutney....perfect for idlis and dosas

  14. You should blog the other tomato chutney you gave me couple of weeks ago. The one which was done in 5 minutes.. that was yummy



  15. What an inviting color, looks spicy and delicious !

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  17. Hi Srimathi.. first time here.. the chutney looks tempting along side those soft white pillows.. this is the same method i too do it..