Call it Tomato Chutney, Tomato Coconut Chutney or simply Red Chutney, this is one of my oft quick go to recipe. Another sibling to the famous Coconut Chutney, it makes a great accompaniment to many - be it Dosas, idlis or even to humble roti. Try yawning just now - how much time did it take you? Well thats how much time it takes to prepare this chutney too ;-) - ok almost :)

You can make this as fiery hot to as mild as possible. The key is to use fresh ingredients. No canned tomatoes pls. I have had this "spam-me-with-can" ideas given by so many "Ooooh I am too busy to spell kitchen" ppl that its not even funny. Well instead of struggling to find a can opener and opening one, you can make this chutney instead with just a wee bit effort but way lot better taste. I follow my mom's recipe with few changes.

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  • Serves: 2 people
  • Yields: Makes about 2-3 cups
  • 3 large ripe Tomatoes
  • 3-4 pearl onions (optional)
  • 2-3 dried red chillies (or as per your taste)
  • 1 inch piece ginger, skinned and chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp coconut (optional)
  • few springs of cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp sambar powder
  • salt to taste
  • To Temper
  • 1/2 tsp urad dal (split black gram)
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp channa dal (bengal gram)
  • pinch of turmeric
  • pinch of asafoetida
  • few springs of curry leaves

Saute the onions and ginger in a tsp of oil until soft. Add the tomatoes, salt, turmeric,chillies,sambar powder and saute for 5 min more till it becomes v soft.


Now process this mixture along with cilantro and coconut and set aside.


Now temper the ingredients listed in 1/2 tsp oil and then pour it on the mixture.Serve warm

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3 Member Reviews

By madhavi on Apr 24, 2012

i made this reciepe n liked by everyone of my family member. i had just add little curd in it and its taste was really nice.

By Maya on Mar 21, 2012

I have now made this chutney three times this week using freshly picked, vine-ripened, luscious Roma tomatoes from our garden. I followed your recipe to the tee. Beautiful chutney and great way to use up the bumper crop we had. Thank you for the recipe. Love your blog.

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By fems on Oct 7, 2013

it ws super hus jus loved it!! :)

By fems on Oct 7, 2013

chutney was super ws a big hitt!! :

By Shashikala Palman on Sep 18, 2013

Hi, I made this tomato chutney & it was awesome. Thanks for the recipe...cheers :-P

By gaya3 on Jun 9, 2013

:-P yummy stuff

By parvathi on Aug 17, 2012

:lol: :lol: :lol: :-D :-D

By Harini on Jul 14, 2011

wow, I made this chutney yestday nite and my hubby was like all praises for it. I usually make it the regular way and never add ginger and coconut,OMG yestday I made this chutney and realised wat a gr8 deal of diff they make. I am in luv with this chutney rite now........

Thank you so much for the feedback Harini :)

By rina on Jun 10, 2010

I made this today for the first time. I forgot to temper it but turned out yummy! This is a keeper for sure...

By alka c singh on Mar 18, 2010

Just made...... verrry nice :-o !! Chillies wud have to be adjusted, esp. for ppl not used to having chillies at all!

By karuna on Nov 5, 2008

chutney looks nice and chatpata. so how does one be a part of the RM?

By Kalai on Nov 5, 2008

Yummy! A different version for me to try! :)

By Nags on Nov 4, 2008

I have a similar version to share, will post soon :)

By Sagari on Nov 4, 2008

deleciousss chutneyyyy

By srikars kitchen on Nov 4, 2008

Looks yummy .. where is the idly?? Idly with wow....

By Uma on Nov 4, 2008

mmm. fiery chutney! I love it.

By Bhawana on Nov 4, 2008

DK u r too good :). A chutney expert. U make very good chutney, I saw a pic of coconut chutney also. literally tempting and mouthwatering. keep it up.

By Madhu on Nov 4, 2008

Very versetile chutney, like the addition of pearl onions, slightly diff taste from regular ones.

By Roopa on Nov 4, 2008

wow dk, love this type of chutney:) I used to have it with wheat dosa. Your chutney has a lot of nice spices, I am gonna try it ur way as i was following a very basic method.

By raaji on Nov 4, 2008

I like this chutney bcoz its so tangy and heavenly compared to has its own greatness......lovely Divya...

By kamala on Nov 4, 2008

Looks sooo hOt Dhivi..Like to have with hot Idlis..

By Pooja on Nov 4, 2008

a perfect south Indian tomato chutney it is . running out of tomato right now. otherwise i could have made it just now . I liked the recipe that much. thanks for sharing DK .
btw, whats the marathon abt recipes ? my temporary absence on blogging world has mad me little dumb to ongoing things.

By Divya Kudua on Nov 4, 2008

Tangy tomato chutney...slurrrp..I love having it with rotis and yeah,sometimes I spread it on bread too...!!

By Divya Vikram on Nov 4, 2008

I like this fiery hot!Perfect with idlies!

By Medhaa on Nov 4, 2008

I just call it the red chutney and we love it, I usually make it without coconut will try this next time

By Curry Leaf on Nov 4, 2008

Lovely DK,I too make it,but a bit different.Will definitely try this version as well.

By PJ on Nov 4, 2008

u r rite,fresh ingredients are d best!tempting chutney!!

By Arundathi on Nov 4, 2008

this is my favorite kind of chutney - i add a lot of red chilli and make it very spicy too.

By Divya.M on Nov 4, 2008

hi DK....Nice chutney...U have a surprise in My blog...

By Sia on Nov 4, 2008

gorgeous!!! seriously gorgeous :)

By rekhas kitchen on Nov 4, 2008

yum yum yummy i am a big fan of chutneys looks so so mouth watering

By Priya on Nov 4, 2008 fav one..