Chettinad Tomato chutney

Tangy and spicy tomato chutney can be used as an accompaniment to a lot of different dishes. There are so many variations of this chutney. I have already posted two variations a basic tomato chutney and a tomato chutney with peanuts. But I could not resist the temptation of trying this Chettinad Tomato Chutney after I saw it last month on Usha's blog My Spicy Kitchen.

This chutney uses tamarind and chilies and is fairly easy to put together.

You will need
1/2 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, shelled and minced
1 tbsp. channa dal
2 tbsp. oil
3 Roma tomatoes or 2 salad tomatoes, chopped
2 tsp. paprika
salt to taste
1 tsp. tamarind paste

For the tempering
3 tbsp. oil
1 dry red chili pepper
1 tsp. mustard seeds
1/4 tsp. asafoetida
3-4 curry leaves

Heat oil in a pan and saute the onions, garlic and channa dal until soft and slightly brown. Add the tomatoes, paprika and salt to taste. Cook until the tomatoes are mushy.

In a blender combine the cooked tomato mixture and tamarind paste. Blend to a paste. In a separate pan heat oil for the tempering and add the mustard seeds. When they crackle turn off the heat and add the other ingredients. Pour it over the tomato paste. Mix well.



  1. Thanks for trying the recipe. Yummy chutney and I liked the simplicity of it. I too have that pepper bowl.. :)

  2. lovely chutney ..and lovely bowl...even I have one , but without the lid!

  3. Very cute serving bowl, this chutney makes a prefect pair for dosas..

  4. Love that pepper bowl, Varada. Love tomato chutney in any form!

  5. Yummy chutney and that bowl is so cute :)

  6. Yummmy looking chutney Varada. Chettinad spices sure add a lot of flavor to the dish.
    I love your bigger size pictures, they really pop on your white background.

    1. Thanks for your comment about the pictures. Coming from you that is a huge complement.

  7. That's one delicious chutney Varada..good that you got to try this out..

  8. I guess this is what served in Indian restaurants here in US. Looks yummy.

  9. Wow what a lovely chutney. I love the bowl too.


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