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How to make Tasty Tomato / Thakkali / Thakali Chutney for dosa or idly - South Indian Tamilnadu Style

Updated on January 31, 2015
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Spicy Tomato chutney
Spicy Tomato chutney

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Tomato Chutney - Introduction


To make a tasty and quickest side dish, I would prefer Tomato Chutney is the best south indian side dish.

Across the world there could be different ways of making Tomato Chutney.

What I have explained in this hub, is a typical South Indian Tamilnadu or Madras style of making Tomato chutney.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: Serves for 2 people


  • 2 Big onion, cut into pieces
  • 3 Tomato, cut into pieces
  • 2 Red chillies, Chopped
  • 4-5 Curry Leaves
  • Pinch of tamarind, used as preservative
  • 1/2 tea spoon Salt
  • 25gms Coconut, Grated
  • 1 tea spoon Roasted gram
  • 1 tea spoon Refined Oil

For the Tempering

  • 1 tea spoon Oil
  • ½ tea spoon mustard seeds
  • Curry leaves(4 -5 leaves)


  1. Pour oil in a pan. Add onion and fry till onion becomes golden brown. Now put tomato, red chilies, tamarind, salt and stir well till tomatoes gets smashed.
  2. Now put the coconut, roasted gram and curry leaves in partially smashed ingredients and stir well for 5 minutes.
  3. Now take the fried ingredients from the pan and put them in a mixie and add little water.
  4. Now grind the mixture in mixie till mixture becomes a smooth paste and keep the paste aside in a vessel/container. This paste is called tomato chutney without tempering
  5. Pour little oil in a dried pan and put mustard seeds in it and wait till seeds crackles. Then add curry leaves to it and keep tempering for less than a minute.
  6. Now pour the tempering in the vessel containing the tomato chutney. This is called as Tomato Chutney (with Tempering)
  7. Tomato chutney can be best served along with all Dosa varieties & Idly varieties. Chutney could also be served along with White Rice, Curd Rice, Chappathi and sometimes with Poori as well
  8. Note: In my image shown above, I haven't garnished chutney with Coriander leaves. Its recommended to garnish the Tomato Chutney with fresh Coriander leaves for very tasty chutney

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