Tomato Onion Chutney

Tomato Onion Chutney -


This is one recipe which has an interesting story behind it; I can still vividly remember how I came to learn to prepare this chutney from my mom.

I used to be living in Chennai (Madras, for those who still can’t get used to the new name) and my parents, younger sis and uncle had come down to visit us. I had decided to make dosas for breakfast but realized that I had forgotten to buy coconut (an embarrassing moment for any homemaker, even if the guests are your parents!) to make the chutney. Rummaged through my fridge and couldn’t even come up with enough tomatoes to make tomato chutney either. And that’s when my mom taught me to make this one which is basically a medley of different ingredients. A life-saver but a delicious one!


This tomato-onion chutney is a perfect accompaniment for idlis and dosas. Recently, I even tried it as a dip; my little one loved it with rice wafers. A little tangy, a little sweet and spiced just right – my mum’s tomato-onion chutney.


1. Red onion – 1, diced
2. Tomato – 2 medium, diced
3. Garlic – 2 cloves, chopped roughly
4. Green chillies – 1-2 (depending on your spice preference)
5. Curry leaves – 1 sprig
6. Coriander leaves – ½ cup, shredded
7. Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
8. Cumin powder – ¼ tsp
9. Vegetable oil – 2 tbsp
10. Salt – to taste



• In a pan, heat oil and add the diced onions, garlic, green chillies and curry leaves. Saute on medium flame for 2 minutes.
• Add tomatoes and sauté for another 2 minutes.
• Add turmeric powder, cumin powder and coriander leaves. Season with salt and mix well.
• Allow to cool and then blend well to a smooth consistency.
• Delicious chutney ready.

Note – Tempering is not necessary; but if you must, add a tempering of mustard seeds and curry leaves.

tomato onion chutney


Bon appetite!

5 thoughts on “Tomato Onion Chutney

  1. I love you story and can so sympathize! But then I had to smile as in Europe it has only been possible for the last few years to have coriander and curry leaves lying around to make this impromptu dish. Yum!


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