Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Tomato Chutney and Idli

Idli is the standard breakfast in many South Indian homes and it evokes memories of those days growing up when poor idli almost always lost out to dosa in favouritism. The dough used to make idlis is the same one that is used to makes dosas. When the dough becomes sour the idlis don't come out soft so we make dosas. Idli and chutney is a perfect combination and quick to prepare atleast the chutney. Nothing beats idli coconut chutney, sambhar combination but due to cholerstrol and fat worries, coconut chutney which is used be cooked almost every other day is being avoided so Tomato chutney and its many variations have become king. The recipe I have is one of the many.

Tomato Chutney


1. 6 ripe tomatoes roughly chopped
2. 1/2 red onion roughly chopped
3. 3-4 red chillies (add more if you need it more spicy)
4. 2 tbsps Ural dal
5. few pepper corns
6. cumin seeds few
7. a bit of tamarind
8. grated coconut 1 1/2 tbsp (this is optional and can be left out)

Grated cocunut is available in most grocery stores in the frozen section. Be careful when you handle them, do not refreeze after you defrost. Cut the desired piece and defrost in microwave.


1. Heat a pan and dry roast Ingredients 3-6 and set aside.
2. Pour oil and fry the onions and when cooked add the the tomatoes and tamarind
3. Cook the tomatoes till raw smell goes, add salt.
4. If you are adding coconut, add the defrosted one and fry for a few seconds.
5. Cool the mixture and blend to a smooth paste.

This is delicious and goes well with Idlis or dosas.


  1. I loved it! I have been hunting for good tomato-Onion chutney recipe and this is the best. I made it and it is the best.
    Thank you for posting this delicious recipe.

  2. hello, nice recipe.
    Does dessicated coconut go well in this? Frozen coconut is not good most of the times.

  3. Desicated coconut is dry, you can try reconstituting by soaking it in water and then using it. I use grated frozen coconut and it has been good so far.

  4. Yes indeed this is the right recipe I was hunting for and it's so tempting. I am gonna make it tomorrow

  5. I made this today, with slightly different proportions (less tomatoes, more coconut) and it is the tastiest chutney i have ever had. The spice mix makes the dish amazing.


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