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Onion tomato chutney recipe, side dish for idli dosa

by Jeyashri suresh
Onion tomato chutney recipe -with video
Onion tomato chutney is the usual one which i make for idli or dosa.  This version i tasted long back in a birthday party and tried at home assuming the ingredients, but to my surprise the onion tomato chutney (without coconut) came out well and it tasted almost the same .Two days back i made this for dosa and my little one who doesn’t eat chutneys, enjoyed this a lot.Check out my full collection of chutney recipes.

Onion tomato chutney

  Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 Mins |Serves: 3-4

     Onion  1
     Tomato  1
     Garlic   3 cloves (optional)
     Roasted gram | pottukadalai  1 tblsp
     Oil  1 tblsp + 1 tsp
     Salt  as needed
     Red chili  4
     Tamarind   a small piece
     Mustard seeds  1/4 tsp
     Curry leaves   few 
                                                   Video of Onion tomato chutney


Onion-tomato chutney


    • Chop the onion and tomato finely and peel the skin of garlic.
    • In a pan add oil and throw in the red chilli,tamarind and garlic and roast them in a medium flame.
  • Now add the onions and saute till they turns slightly brown in color. Cook in a medium flame. Add salt to this while cooking to ensure even and fast cooking.
  • Now add the tomatoes to this.
  • Cook till the tomatoes become mushy.
  • Add roasted gram to this and switch off the flame.
  •  Grind this into a smooth paste adding little water.
  • Check for salt and temper with mustard seeds and curry leaves.
  • Dilute this by adding little water to reach your desired consistency.
Onion tomato- chutney


  • Instead of Roasted gram, urad dal or channa dal can also be added.
  • If using any of these dals, roast them nicely till golden brown and keep it aside.
  • Few tblsps of shredded coconut can also be added  while grinding.

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RAKS KITCHEN May 21, 2012 - 2:41 am

I make this so often, family favorite, but ur version sounds amazing!

Suneetha Nair May 12, 2013 - 1:02 pm

This chutneyis amazing. wk end this is ine of da spl dish with dosa

Roshu May 21, 2012 - 2:54 am

Loved ur style…..i make it in a different way

RENU May 21, 2012 - 3:04 am

its looks g8…..nice clicks

Gayathri NG May 21, 2012 - 3:12 am

Luv this flavorful n yummy chutney…

Akila May 21, 2012 - 3:15 am

I tasted this chutney first time in my in laws house and fell in love with it…. After we came here I used to make my mothers version… But wanted to try my in laws version and told my hubby and actually he prepared that chutney for me that day….. I will never forget it…. Now it has become a regular part in our breakfast….

Sravs May 21, 2012 - 3:41 am

Nice flavorful chutney !! looks delicious !!

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Prathibha May 21, 2012 - 3:56 am

very delicious chutney…looks yummm

Aruna Manikandan May 21, 2012 - 4:13 am

My daughter's fav. chutney, but never tried with potukadalai, will soon give a try 🙂

Follow foodie May 21, 2012 - 4:33 am

Very tempting


Sushma Madhuchandra May 21, 2012 - 4:36 am

what a co-incidence, I made them yesterday to go with akki rotti.

Sushma Madhuchandra May 21, 2012 - 4:37 am

what a co-incidence, I made them yesterday to go with akki rotti.

PriyaVaasu May 21, 2012 - 5:52 am

chutney looks yum!! Must try recipe for me, coz my kiddo loves tomato chutney and i make it atleast twice in a week!!!

Raji May 21, 2012 - 6:55 am

My kiddo hates chutneys…will try this one as your version sounds really yum

Priya May 21, 2012 - 7:17 am

Yummy chutney, never added pottukadalai in this chutney,will try adding next time.

Shobha May 21, 2012 - 10:31 am

Very tasty and spicy chutney..love it.

radha May 21, 2012 - 10:54 am

There are so many versions of tomato chutney. This looks lovely.

Shabbu May 21, 2012 - 11:37 am

Yummy and perfect chutney…

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Reshmi May 21, 2012 - 11:48 am

lovely recipe jayashri.. usually I make them separately,.. will try the combination today itself
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Kaveri Venkatesh May 21, 2012 - 11:51 am

A very nice variation of the onion tomato chutney…nice clicks

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Saraswathi Iyer May 21, 2012 - 12:38 pm

Nice click. Looks delicious.

Hema May 21, 2012 - 12:54 pm

Even I make this sometimes, looks awesome..

Nalini's Kitchen May 21, 2012 - 12:58 pm

Delicious looking chutney,we do make the same way sometimes I use channa dhal instead of roasted gram dhal..

Julie May 21, 2012 - 4:00 pm

Very delicious chutney,lovely!

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Spice up the Curry May 21, 2012 - 4:04 pm

very yummy and spicy chutney recipe. good one

Laavanya May 21, 2012 - 4:14 pm

A tasty side dish indeed.

Sharmilee! :) May 21, 2012 - 4:33 pm

Adding pottukadalai in tomato chutney sounds interesting, will try iy next time, yummy recipe!

Sobha Shyam May 21, 2012 - 8:19 pm

lovely chutney, i too make this chutney in a similar way 🙂

Krithi May 21, 2012 - 9:37 pm

We make almost similarly.. except that adding pottukadalai is new to me.. Superb pics!!

Bharathy May 22, 2012 - 2:54 am

I love this chutney with anything!!! I dont add pottukadalai for tomato onion chutney..it will surely give some body to the dish! will def add some when i next try! nice recipe, jey! lovely clicks!!

Vardhini May 22, 2012 - 4:21 am

Chutney looks yummy and a perfect combo with dosa.


Vandana Rajesh May 22, 2012 - 5:31 am

yummy chutney..this is a perfect side dish for idlis and dosa and one that we all like at home.

foodporn May 22, 2012 - 5:47 am

Your onion tomato chutney looks tasty
You can submit your onion tomato chutney pics on https://www.foodporn.net It is a food photography site where members can submit all food pictures that make readers hungry 🙂
I am already hungry to see these photos btw, LOL

Lubna Karim May 22, 2012 - 9:07 am

Chutney looks yum…never tried this way….

Divya Pramil May 22, 2012 - 6:56 pm

Nice version of chutney 🙂

R.Punitha May 24, 2012 - 1:50 pm

Hi Jeyashri ,

I too follow this version Jey .

Yummy taste and looks Beautiful….

RENU August 23, 2012 - 1:28 pm

i love this…..have made it 3 times…came out yummy

Kavitha August 27, 2012 - 3:56 am

thanks a lot…i just got married and new in cookin….ur blog helps me a lot…:)

Kavitha August 27, 2012 - 3:57 am

hi…thanks a lot…i just got married and m a new learner…ur blog helps me a lot…tank uu once again…

Puneet Thakkar October 30, 2012 - 10:21 am

Love this tomato chutney, goes well with parathas or even as a side dish with the mail meal

Maria October 30, 2012 - 11:59 am

oh, I like chutneys and Pickles while having lunch or dinner and your tomato chutney recipe sounds appealing

Subha Sanjeevi November 29, 2012 - 12:11 am

I tried this chutney. came out very well.all your receipes are great. keep posting.

Elizabeth December 8, 2012 - 12:28 pm

I tried this one…And it was a instant hit especially with my 10 month old baby. She loves Dosa with this chutney and I love the fat that I don't have to worry about making Sambhar when a cranky kid is around 🙂

Lakshmi Sudhi April 22, 2013 - 1:10 pm

Hai nice reciepe iam going to make it today itself

Swetha srinivasan May 8, 2013 - 4:22 pm

I tried it today and it tasted yummyyy .. Lovely recepie

Suneetha Nair May 12, 2013 - 1:04 pm

My daughters favourite chutney

maheswari thiagarajan July 26, 2013 - 5:27 am

Our family's favorite side dish for idli and dosa.

Kurapati Srividya February 18, 2014 - 5:37 pm

The best thing happen to me is I got to see your website. Really I loved the way u post the recipe's with pic's and just today I did this chutney came out very well. Thanks alot.

Kurapati Srividya February 18, 2014 - 5:50 pm

Hello jeyashri garu how are you? The good thing happen to me in recent days is just happened to see your site. Really loved the way you describe Recipe's , just today I did this onion tomato chutney came out really well. Thanks lot.

Shilpa Kamath September 9, 2014 - 8:09 am

Can I store this chutney for one/two days?

jeyashri suresh September 9, 2014 - 9:34 am

You can store shilpa for a day. Keep in a clean container in the refrigerator

Anju April 29, 2015 - 4:33 am

i tried this recipe exactly and it came out great!! thanks:)

Shilpa Sriram March 19, 2017 - 1:59 am

Can I make this chutney sans garlic? Will there be any changes in the flavor? Thanks

jeyashri suresh March 20, 2017 - 2:56 am

Yes you can make it without garlic, slightly flavour will change but won't spoil for sure.

Rajitha Gopal June 18, 2018 - 5:51 pm

Made it today… Tasted great.. thank you?

Sujatha Jha November 30, 2018 - 12:05 am

Hi Jeyashri, I made this chutney recently with paniyaram for a get together with school moms. I put less chilli because they are of different nationalities and eat less spicy food. Everybody loved it and asked me for the recipe; so I shared your link. Thanks:)

shraddha March 5, 2019 - 4:58 pm

Tired this chutney and my hubby just loved it. .So yum yum


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