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An alternative to coconut chutney is tomato chutney. If you google tomato chutney, you will see a lot of recipes showing up. There are onl...

Tomato Chutney That Stores Well

An alternative to coconut chutney is tomato chutney. If you google tomato chutney, you will see a lot of recipes showing up. There are only two options to making this recipe, either tomatoes are cooked and then made into a paste or they are made into a paste and then cooked. You will see some variations of these chutneys in various blogs. I have posted the first type here. The second version is my mother- in- law's recipe that I tried today. It was a winner and I decided to share the recipe. Apart from serving it for dosai or idli, they can also be used as a spread on bread, mixed with plain cooked rice to convert into tomato rice in a jiffy and served with roti or curd rice. Basically something you can store for a month if cooked and stored well. 


Heavy Bottom Pan
Measuring Spoons and cup


Tomatoes -6 medium size ( ripe)
Onion- 1/2
Sesame Oil - 1/4 cup
Dry Chillies - 4 ( add more for extra spice)
Fenugreek Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Udad Dal - 1 tbsp
Channa Dal - 1 tbsp
Curry Leaves- a few
Asadoetida - 1/4 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp


1. Heat the pan on medium high.

2. Blend the tomatoes and onions into a puree.

3. Add oil, followed by asafoetida, mustard seeds ( allow for them to pop), dry chilies, udad and channa dal and fenugreek seeds. Fry the dal in oil until they are golden brown. Add the puree and cook on medium. Please do give it a stir regularly.

4. Do not add salt until the chutney has thickened and all the water is absorbed with some oil starting to surface (10 minutes).

5. Throw in the salt and a cook it for few minutes. Remove the pan from heat, allow for it to cool and store in a bottle. This will sustain about to a month if stored right.


  1. yum yum yummy tomato chutney. I have made tomato pickle or thokku earlier if u find time please take a look at the tomato pickle from my blog.

  2. lovely post and tempting color of chutney to try...

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  3. Long back, i tried adding fenugreek in tomato chutney and we loved it. Definitely this chutney will seduce my tastebuds.

  4. Chutney looks delicious..:))

  5. wow wow superb color and lovely... am very die-heart fan of this tomato chutney...
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  6. Nice red color, great with almost everything..

  7. S adding Fenugreek seeds to tomato chutney gives nice flavor n taste...loved your version...looks really tempting with dosa :)

  8. Nice version.. Never tried adding Fenugreek seeds in chutney..

  9. Amma makes tomato chutney without onion. Delicious, love your version of tomato chutney.

  10. This looks really good. I love that everyone puts a slightly different spin on their recipe

  11. Finally made this today. got the same red color and tasted yummy. In fact I tried it with Pasta and it was nice...

    Thanks for the easy recipe

  12. will adding red chillies in tempering give sufficient spiceness?

  13. Sure, it depends on how spicy the dry chillies are. Some of them can really add a lot of spice to the chutney.