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Onion Tomato Chutney Recipe

Onion tomato chutney recipe is a traditional south Indian condiment or chutney for Idli, dosa, upma. It is made of onions and tomatoes along with red chillies and chana dal. It is delicious, flavorful, moderately spicy and slightly tangy. Vegan and gluten free.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: onion tomato chutney
Servings: 3
Calories: 208kcal
Author: Harini


  • 3 tomatoes large, red ripe
  • 1 onion large
  • 6 red chilies dried
  • 1 tablespoon chana dal
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • Salt to taste

To temper

  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal
  • 10-12 curry leaves
  • 2 teaspoons oil


  • Rinse and wipe excess moisture from 3 large tomatoes and 1 large onion. Chop them roughly into large cubes.
    chopped onion and tomato
  • Heat oil in a pan. I have used two tablespoons sesame oil for sautéing the ingredients and 2 teaspoons for tadka. Once the oil is moderately hot add 6 dry red chillies. Saute for few seconds. Next add 1 tablespoon chana dal. Saute till the dal turns golden.
    sauteing dry red chilies and chana dal for chutney
  • Next add cubed onions.
    cubed onions added
  • Saute well till they turn a bit soft. No need to brown them. Next add the cubed tomatoes. Saute well and cook for 6-8 minutes in medium flame.
    tomatoes added to sautéed onions
  • Saute and cook well until the tomatoes wilt and turn soft. Remove from flame. In the same pan saute a small bit of tamarind.
    the sauteed onion tomato mixture for
  • Let cool for few minutes and transfer the sautéed onion and tomato mixture a mixer jar. Add salt to taste.
    ingredients for onion tomato chutney in
  • Grind to a smooth paste. Add little water if needed but do not add more than 2-3 tablespoons.
    tomato onion chutney before adding tadka
  • Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a small pan. Add 1 teaspoon mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon urad dal or black gram and also add curry leaves. Fry till the dal turns golden.
    making tadka for onion tomato chutney recipe
  • Pour the prepared tadka to the ground chutney along with the oil.
    onion tomato chutney with tadka
  • Mix very well. Serve onion tomato chutney with breakfast like idli or dosa
    onion tomato chutney recipe


  • Instead of a big onion you can use 10-12 pearl onions
  • This chutney will be excellent as a bread spread too.
  • You can mix some leftover rice with chutney for instant tomato rice.


Serving: 3servings | Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 642mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 2009IU | Vitamin C: 216mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 2mg