Tomato Onion Chutney Recipe is an easy, quick, and tasty South Indian Style side dish. Tomato Chutney is usually prepared with basic ingredients like onion, tomato, Indian spices, and herbs. Onion Tomato chutney is one of the staple side dishes that are popular across all South Indian homes and restaurants. This Tomato Onion Chutney tastes divine when served with dosa, idli, upma, uttapam, and Pongal.
Tomato Onion Chutney
Tomato Onion Chutney is a quick and tasty South Indian style condiment or dips that are typically served for their breakfast dishes. Usually, the onions, tomatoes, a few Indian spices, and herbs are cooked to the right consistency and then blended into a perfect chutney. This style of making chutney is popular across the south Indian states of Tamilnadu, Andhra, Kerala, Karnataka, and Telangana.
The recipe for Onion Tomato Chutney is minimal and it takes only under 20 minutes to make this dish. Yes, it is that easy, even beginners can prepare this at home without any hassle. And this tomato chutney is a perfect combo for dosa, idli, and similar breakfast dishes.
Onion Tomato Chutney is one of the simplest yet delicious side dishes that have a lot of variations. Even though we can find wide varieties of chutney in Indian Cuisine, this Onion Tomato Chutney is unique for its texture, taste, and flavor. South Indian breakfasts are incomplete without this tomato chutney especially for idli, dosa, and uthappam. Following are some of the variations of this tomato onion chutney that can be prepared by altering ingredients.
Tomato Chutney without Onion
Tomato chutney makes good shelf life when made without onion. Even though I love onions in my tomato chutney recipe a lot, the version without onion tastes great too. It saves a whole lot of time from peeling and chopping onions. Usually, to make this version, we have to roast Indian spices, tomatoes until it turns mushy and then blend it into a fine paste. And it is tempered with basic Indian seasonings.
In other words, skip adding the onion from the recipe card below. It stays longer than the tomato-onion chutney combo but of course, it depends on the geography and season of the year.
Tomato Onion Chutney with Mint
The Tomato Onion Chutney with mint version is one of my to-go chutney recipes. The mint leaves usually give an irresistible aroma and flavors that one could not stop from enjoying it. Most of my Idli and dosa days are with this Tomato Onion Mint chutney, and I love making it again and again. To make that, after sizzling the chana dal, and urad dal, saute the onions until it turns soft. And then add the tomatoes, salt, mint leaves and saute until it turns mushy. Now the mixture is ready to blend into chutney.
Tomato Chutney with Garlic
We can prepare this tomato chutney with garlic as well. Even this version tastes amazing and pairs not only with idli and dosa but great with rice too. It is just that we have to add garlic while sauteing the onions in the recipe instructions mentioned below. This tomato garlic chutney is easy to make, tastes delicious, and aids in good digestion.
Tomato Chutney with Peanuts
You could also make this Tomato Chutney with peanuts and it gives a unique flavor to the dish. Usually, it is added at the end along with the onion-tomato mixture and then ground to a fine paste. Feel free to add water to adjust the consistency if you would prefer your chutney not to be thick.
Tomato Onion with Coconut
Another version of tomato onion chutney is prepared with coconut. It is also one of the best side dishes that go well with Ven Pongal/Khara Pongal, Semiy/Vermicelli Upma, and Instant Rava Idli. It is also one of the easiest chutney in which we add coconut at the end along with a tomato-onion mixture.
Tomato Onion Chutney with Tamarind
We can also make Tomato Onion Chutney with Tamarind to enhance the tangy flavor of the dish and also stays good for up to 3 to 4 days. And in Andhra style, people call it Tomato Pachadi. The ingredients and process are similar but the only difference is we have to add tamarind pulp while grinding. Sound tangy delicious isn't it? Yes, it is indeed delicious.
Apart from this, we can add coriander instead of mint and green chili instead of red chili for similar variations.
About this recipe
The recipe I have shared here is simple, quick, and basic Tamilnadu, South Indian style Tomato Onion Chutney and it makes 4 servings. The ingredients used here are very minimal and it is usually available in any Indian stores around. This Onion Tomato recipe gives a thick, moderately spicy, tangy chutney.
To make this quick and easy Tomato Onion Chutney, initially in a pan with medium heat, I poured oil and allowed the chana dal and urad dal to sizzle. Then added onions and dry red chili and allowed it to turn soft. Then I added the tomatoes and allowed them to turn mushy.
After that, I allowed the mixture to cool down completely and then transferred it to a blender. This avoids the mixture to build pressure due to heat that will explode the mixture while grinding. After transferring it to a blender, I ground the onion-tomato mixture to smooth paste. At this stage, if you find the chutney is too thick, feel free to add water to adjust the consistency of the chutney. Usually, I like the way it is served in restaurants that are thick in consistency, so I haven't added any extra water to it.
Following that, in a pan again with medium heat, I poured oil and added the mustard seeds, curry leaves, and allowed it to splutter. Then I added the ground Onion Tomato Chutney, salt and gave a nice mix. Finally, served this delicious South Indian style Tomato onion chutney with soft Uttappam.
This Tomato Onion Chutney recipe is a flavorful and quick dip that is absolutely a keeper. It will never fail to attract anyone who loves South Indian breakfast dishes. And of course, it will entice those who are new to Indian cuisine as well. And I believe you will try and enjoy this recipe with your family and loved ones.
Serve this delicious lip-smacking onion tomato chutney with dosa and, idli. And it tastes heavenly with Rava Onion Dosa, Instant Appam/Vellayappam, Rava Upma, and Ragi Kali/Mudde as well. It can also be a perfect condiment for Snacks like Medu Vada, Bajji, and Chaat dishes.
Looking for easy and quick breakfast recipes to kick start your busy mornings? Then you could also check this collection of Indian Vegetarian Breakfast Recipes to enjoy with your family and loved ones.
Onion Tomato Chutney Recipe video instructions
I have also shared a detailed video of the Onion Tomato Chutney recipe below that I hope will help you to make a perfect tasty chutney. For a quick look, here is the Onion Tomato Chutney Recipe in story format.
- 5 Tomato, chopped
- 2 Onion, sliced
- 8 Dry Red Chili
- 1 tsp Chana Dal
- 1 tsp Urad Dal
- 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
- 1 sprig Curry Leaves
- ¼ + ¼ cup oil
- Salt, as needed
To Prepare Tomato or Onion Tomato Chutney
- In a pan with medium heat, pour oil and add chana dal, urad dal, and allow it to sizzle
- Add the sliced onions, dry red chili, and saute until onion turns soft
- Add the chopped tomatoes and saute until it turns mushy
- Transfer the onion-tomato mixture to the blender and grind it to smooth paste(Make sure to allow the mixture to cool down completely before grinding to avoid exploding the chutney from the blender)
- In a pan again, pour oil and temper mustard seeds, curry leaves, and give a quick saute
- Pour the ground onion tomato chutney, salt, and mix well
- Now the Onion Tomato chutney is ready for you to taste and enjoy
- Serve this delicious Onion Tomato Chutney with dosa, Idli, uttapam, appam, upma, or rice
- Make sure to saute the onion and tomatoes to the right consistency without burning them to achieve a tasty onion tomato chutney
- Always make sure to cool down any mixture that is hot before grinding it in a blender. This will avoid exploding due to the pressure build by the heat
- Though the final tempering part is optional, it really enhances the taste and flavor of the onion tomato chutney
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 125Total Fat 27gSodium 15mgCarbohydrates 22gNet Carbohydrates 20gFiber 5gSugar 10gProtein 5g
Frequently asked questions
Tomato onion chutney is easy and tasty South Indian dish that is prepared with onion, tomato, Indian spices, and herbs. And usually served for dosa, idli, and similar other breakfast recipes.
Tomato onion chutney stays good for one day at room temperature and up to 3 days in the refrigerator. And adding tamarind pulp makes the shelf life to 3 days at room temperature and up to 10 days in the refrigerator.
Tomato onion chutney is served as a side dish with Idli, dosa, roast dosa, Pongal, rice, and chapati.
Yes, you can add ginger while sautéing the onion in the recipe instructions above to enhance the aroma and flavor of the dish.
I really hope you enjoyed the recipe that I have shared here and I would love to hear from you on how it turned out for you. Please let me know.
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