January 9, 2016

Tomato onion chutney recipe

Tomato onion chutney  recipe -  Tomato onion chutney also called as kaanda chutney is one of the flavourful chutneys which I prepare often. This chutney goes well with dosa, idli, chapathi, paratha, thepla and roti. Hot rice with a dollop of ghee and this tomato onion chutney also makes a great and quick meal. This can also be served as a dipping sauce for vada, cutlet and nuggets. It is easy to make and is different from usual coconut chutney.

tomato onion chutney in a serving bowl

Tomato Onion Chutney 

Prep time : 10 mins      
Cook time :  0 mins      
Total time : 10 mins
Recipe type : Side dish    
Cuisine : Maharashtra      
Yield : Serves  5 - 6
Author : Vidya Chandrahas

Ingredients  (1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 6 large sized tomatoes
  • 3 medium sized onions
  • 10 garlic cloves, peeled, chopped
  • 1/4 inch piece ginger, peeled, chopped
  • 4  green chillies, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds / jeera
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp roasted bengal grams / putani
  • 2 tsp oil
  • Salt to taste

For the tempering (optional)
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 5 -6 broken red chillies

  1. Heat oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds and saute till they crackle. 
  2. Add the onions, green chillies, ginger and garlic. Saute till the raw smell of ginger and garlic disappear and onions are translucent.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and black pepper. 
  4. Mix well and cook covered on medium flame till the tomatoes become soft and water dries up.
  5. Add salt and remove the pan from heat. Allow it to cool. 
  6. Once the tomato onion mixture become cool, add the roasted bengal gram or putani to it. Put it in a mixer jar and grind it to a smooth paste to make a chutney. Transfer it to a large bowl.
  7. Heat a tsp of oil in a small pan and add mustard seeds. When the seeds splutter, add the red chillies and fry till they turn light brown in colour.
  8. Pour this tempering on the chutney. Serve the tomato onion chutney with dosa, idli, paratha, thepla, roti and hot rice.

tomato onion chutney is ready to serve


  1. Tomato Onion Chutney looks great...good to know its without coconut....

    1. Coconut is not bad either. In fact Ayurveda prescribes coconut for most skin related diseases.

  2. My favorite chutney. Love it

  3. My favourite .. nice color

  4. My favorite chutney.. Love it with podi dosa


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